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RE: Guidelines now available

[Subject Prev][Subject Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next] Most of the guideline address the issues that are not specific to any particular state. Therefore, I would say that it is quite applicable to other states as well as other countries. What is interesting is that it has some good answers to many threads that we have seen on this list server. Such as:

1. Our obligations to the Client
2. Duty to Disclose
3. Structural Observations
4. Peer Review
5. Ethics
6. Contracts and Compensations

and any more.

My compliments to SEAOC Professional Practices Committee!


At 01/11/00 07:27 AM, you wrote:
Is there a similar document for SEAW? Or, is the guidelines book suitable
for those in neighboring states?

Gina T. Gobo, E.I.T.
Structural Engineering
DLR Group, Seattle
Phone: 206-461-6000
E-Mail: ggobo(--nospam--at)

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Charles Greenlaw [SMTP:cgreenlaw(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Monday, January 10, 2000 3:27 PM
> To:   seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject:      Re: Guidelines now available
> At 11:13 AM 01/10/2000 -0800, Shafat wrote:
> >Recently Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC)
> >Professional Practice Committee (PPC) published the "Recommended
> Guidelines
> >for the Practice of Structural Engineering in California."
> >
> >Last weekend I had a chance to review this practice guideline. In
> summary,
> >I like to say it is an excellent document that every practicing engineer
> >should own. ICBO, has done a good job printing it in a simple and easy to
> >understand format.
> --------------------------
> This practice guidelines pamphlet has been compiled over a 12-year period,
> and released chapter-by-chapter during the interim. The "completed"
> version
> is the document now available through ICBO as Shafat mentioned. Individual
> members of any one of the four SEAOC Sections should have received a
> complimentary copy in the mail recently, along with a copy of the latest
> SEAOC Blue Book.
> It does indeed appear that ICBO has done a fine printing job. As a member
> of
> the authoring PP Committee in the final two years of the compiling effort,
> I
> have been witness to the superb chairmanship skills that Bret Lizundia has
> rendered, and to Bret in particular belongs credit for careful attention
> given to the simple and easy to understand format that the entirety was
> cast
> into. He worked up several format alternatives with help from ICBO's
> skilled
> publication staff, and afforded the PP Committee great latitude for timely
> review and influence. No matter was settled without everyone's keen
> participation.
> As the late 1999 completion neared, it was evident that some provisions in
> chapters written long ago weren't precisely in accord with what the newer
> committee members might have preferred, but those with memory of what it
> took to get consensus back then counseled a light touch. Thus revisions to
> older portions were very sparing, and reflect interest in clarity more
> than
> in revisiting the underlying philosophy.
> The PP Committee is not among the autonomous ones in SEAOC, and the
> Practice
> Guidelines were subject to review and approval of the full SEAOC Board of
> Directors prior to publication.
> The style of SE Practice this guideline contemplates is that of private
> consulting, primarily to architects as design team members, and
> secondarily
> to building owners. Other forms of SE practice also exist, but the
> guidelines are not yet oriented toward them. The Forensic chapter is the
> newest one, and was very thoroughly reviewed and refined during the last
> year. It is presently aimed at expert witness engagements in connection
> with
> civil litigation. It does not contemplate professional license discipline
> proceedings, for example, nor does the earlier Professional Conduct
> chapter.
> For these reasons and others, the Practice Guidelines now offered are
> complete, coordinated, and informative with respect to their originally
> intended scope, but are also eligible both for update and for extension in
> scope. I hope SEAOC will carry on with evolution and enhancement of these
> Practice Guidelines accordingly.
> Charles O. Greenlaw SE    Sacramento CA