In the 1800s there was an office of California State Engineer. The first
was William Hammond Hall, who was a major influence in establishing the
State's water system. By some accounts, opposition to water projects came
from railroad companies vying for routes, and eventually the State Engineer
position was eliminated. If others can confirm, deny, or clarify this,
>From: "fturner" <fturner(--nospam--at)quiknet.com>
Subject: Re: New California State Architect
>The state recently abolished the position of Chief of Operations which had
Structural Engineer filling that position. In January, the then-State
Architect was asked by SEAOC representatives why he did that. He replied
that we should allow his attempts at reorganization a period of one year
before evaluating its effectiveness. Currently there are four principal
engineers, one each in the regional offices of DSA.
>From: Charles Espenlaub <Cespenlaub(--nospam--at)martinaia.com>
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Date: Thursday, March 02, 2000 12:18 PM
Subject: RE: New California State Architect
>Who is(are)the State Engineer(s). Shouldn't they be responsible for
>reviewing the engineering portions of the work. Since when is an
>Architect capable. That is why they hire engineers; isn't it?
>Charles F. Espenlaub, III, P.E.