In California we are mandated by law to review the structural aspects of the
building in detail. This is mainly due to earthquakes. It is also the
practice in other West Coast states such as Washington and Oregon.
In San Jose, we have a staff of approximately 20 engineers in the building
department, all of whom are degreed and licensed. The majority have masters,
3 have PHD's and 9 are SE's. This is typical in the major cities in
California such as Los Angeles and San Diego.
From: Jim Kestner [SMTP:jkestner(--nospam--at)somervilleinc.com]
Sent: Tuesday, May 18, 1999 12:09 PM
Subject: Re: Strange stuff that I don't understand.
This is also the practice in the Midwest. Building officials
do not check the structural calculations or details. They are more
concerned with building type, fire ratings, exit distances, access
the site for fire fighting, etc.
Jim Kestner, P.E.
Green Bay, Wi.