To: "seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org" <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Subject: Code is the standard of care
From: merrick group <merrickgroup(--nospam--at)compuserve.com>
Date: Fri, 7 May 1999 13:48:14 -0400
To: SEAINT open forum
Subject: Code is the standard of care.
Standard of care...
A recent court decision concluded
that regional engineering practices are
no longer considered a special standard
of care. The argument is that building
design technology is globally available
and no longer limited to local
The conclusion was that the building
code is the standard of care.
Engineer's popular vote
does come into play for issues or
values not limited by the code.
The vote seems to be
taking on a new form with this internet
I notice that there are probably more
engineers on this mail site than those in
rooms making code changes. I suspect
that the majority, are neither in the
rooms, or yet at this web-site. I have
only heard the following, but never in
"Well I have called so-and-so and
she is doing it and so is that big office
down the road."
"Decisions that may be wrong for
tomorrow's design may still be correct
"I see the code as a great reference that
keeps me out of trouble. I never argue
with the scientific scholars writing it."
The above are for discussion purposes
only and may or may not be my
David B Merrick, SE