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Personally I like to see engineers stamp the table of contents page. That
way if few more pages show up in your calculations you can easily verify if
they were in there when you signed the calculations.

I am concerned who is checking my structural plans and calcs. This goes
without saying that many a times we are educating plan checkers. Personally
I feel that plan structural checkers should be licensed engineers. But
then, that may be a wishful thinking.


At 1/28/99 03:53 PM, you wrote:
>I received comments back from a plan checker for a custom house.  The local
>building authority sent the plans out to a company that provides a plan
>checking service.  I will not mention the building department or the plan
>checking company, for reasons, it is in the southern California area.
>The house was a type 5 construction and was fairly complicated.  I provided
>a very nice set of drawings and calculations, there were some very critical
>connections incorporating steel and timber.  The structural comments, I
>received only 2.  One I never heard of and seemed ridicules, the plan
>checker wanted me to wet seal and sign the table of contents of the
>calculations.  I wet stamped and signed the cover of the calculations and
>the calculations were bound when they were submitted.  The plan checker
>seemed to overlook the real structural issues and focused on the cookbook
>method of checking drawings and calculations.  This really bothered me at
>first and then I started to think about if this is the case, it scares me.
>These plan checking companies could be overlooking the structural integrity
>of a building not looking at the whole picture but requiring me to stamp and
>sign the table of contents...?
>Has anybody come across this scenario, and/or has there been some new code
>revision that this is required that I do not know of.