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Approach often drives the mode, and result, of analyses.  Wrong directions
can result in correct arithmetic but wrong/poor results.  A concept review
will often ID these decision bifurcations.  I think it is good QM to have
the concept reviewed (either in-house or independent 3rd party) and selected
items checked for accuracy etc.  I think most practitioners do this anyway
in one form or another.

Similarly, I think it is good QM that the permit-issuing authority also does
a cursory review for items that are within their scope (plan presentation
and information-complete or not, etc).

Final design and assembly is a "team" effort with each member delivering
his/her expertise and product for amalgamation with the project intent.
"Professional" snobbery may inhibit construction relationships.

Thor Tandy  P.Eng  MCSCE
Victoria BC

-----Original Message-----
From: Montgomery Griffiths <mgriffiths(--nospam--at)>
To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)' <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Date: Monday, February 01, 1999 11:29 AM
Subject: RE: Stamping Calculations

>Are we still professionals if we need someone to always check our work?
>I mean to say, perhaps the problem is not enough time (read money) to do
>a proper job. Do doctors or attorneys need their work independently
>checked before they can do their thing?. Should they? Typically no, they
>are considered professionals and as such, they are trusted to practice
>their profession with the judgement and skill they supposedly are proven
>to have (by education and exam). Are mistakes in structural engineering
>more critical than a physician in surgery? In some ways I would say yes.
>But really, if we (structural engineers) cannot be trusted to
>competently design structures without needing some else to perform a
>complete review of all that we did, I wonder if being a S.E. (or a P.E.
>for that matter) really means anything, or if structural engineering is
>really a "practice" Just a thought. What do you guys think?
> Monte Griffiths, S.E.