Subject: Re: Strange stuff that I don't understand.
Date: Tue, 18 May 1999 15:37:14 EDT
That is how I practice. We check our work in house. We do NOT rely on the
local building official to check anything.
My office is located in Glendale. We do engineering designs all over the
State of California.
The problem with the enforcement and the checking by the building official(s)
is that the lack of any checking of the plans, details and calculations made
by the EOR leaves a great deal to be desired when the engineer is attempting
to cut all the corners and become a "builders engineer".
Some jurisdictions DO check the calcs and some DON'T. My experience is that
it is very difficult to compete when you do a competent design in an area
where there are certain engineers that are aware of the pitfalls of the local
building official's enforcement policies. I have actually seen a rather
extensive two story single family dwelling with glass fronts across the rear
of the building and a lot of structural steel members have a permit issued
with NO calculations being made at all.
I believe that the engineers that subscribe to this list are not inclined to
cut corners but are accomplishing responsible designs and are interested in
furthering their understanding of the Code. It is those few that I have run
into that are very frustrating to me.
What can be done to bring the standard of engineering practices up to a level
of Code complaince? Forget the local building official. Some are very good to
excellent. Some don't have a clue. What can we as practicing responsible
engineers do to raise the standard to the level that it should be? And what
do we do about those "builders engineers" that cut all the corners and do not
do designs that follow the Code provisions? Do we simply wait for those
marginal (and few) engineers have enough failures in structures to drive them
out of the business. What about the potential for loss of life? And what
about the tarnishing of the reputation of the engineering profession?