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In general, I think that field inspection by the engineer who performed the
design is the "preferred method" rather than a conflict of interest.  If the
intent is to confirm that the construction conforms to the engineer's design
intent, who better than the designer to confirm that? However, the inspector
should also have the proper knowledge and training to do inspections.  It's
not hard checking rebar spacing and concrete cover but weld inspection
requires more training. Thus for practical purposes, the inspector often
should be a trained inspector, but who could be employed by the firm which
did the design.   

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Wladimir Bassett A. [mailto:wbassett(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Wednesday, February 09, 2000 9:02 AM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Hello fellow engineers !! :
> I would like to hear your opinions on the subject when supervision is
> carried out by the job designer, i.e., civil works (which include
> structures) inspection by the strctural engineer, electrical works by
> the E.E. designer,..etc.
> I am worried here because alleging conflict of interest the 
> supervision
> by the designers should be prohibited by a new National Construction
> Council to be implemented these days.
> I thank you very much in advance
>                                                     Wladimir 
> Bassett A.
>                                                     Managua, NICARAGUA