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- From: "Bill Sherman" <SHERMANWC(--nospam--at)cdm.com>
- Date: 01 Feb 99 11:05:02 -0500
Jim Price wrote: >At that point, the actual Plan Checker came to the counter and said, "Oh, I saw those plans were by you, so I just stamped them. You do good work." I was quick to explain that working alone, I need the plan checker to review my work. I might have missed something! < As others have pointed out, the "Plan Checker" should not be relied upon to fully check your design - they are mainly concerned with conformance with code requirements. But this raises one of my "pet peeves" with the current state of structural engineering. Shouldn't independent checking of structural design be required for all structural work? I've mainly worked on large projects and for companies which do regular design checking as a matter of policy. But I have rarely found an original design which didn't have errors - either in assumptions, approach, or mathematical errors. And I have reviewed submittals of "deferred designs" which were left up to the contractor - unchecked calculations were submitted and we frequently found errors in those calculations. Some errors have minor impacts on final results but other errors are significant to the results. I have concluded that all structural designs warrant checking by a qualified individual other than the preparer - not necessarily a PE, but someone with an engineering degree and experience.
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