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Unbelievable!  And these board members are supposed to be your peers?

A. Roger Turk, P.E.(Structural)
Tucson, Arizona

Ron Hamburger wrote:

>>In a recent administrative action, the California Board of Registration for
Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors found a Civil Engineer to have
practiced negligently for failing to sign a series of preliminary construction
documents.  The documents consisted of preliminary drawings for a retaining
structure.  The drawings had been given to a client to illustrate the type and
scope of work of a proposed site improvement and had the words "Preliminary"
"Not for Construction" clearly indicated on them.  The Board found the
guilty of a violation of the business and professions code in that he had not
signed the documents.

SEAOC acted on behalf of the engineer and filed an affadavit citing that
preliminary documents were frequently produced by design professionals as a
means of facilitating discussions with clients and other design professionals
project requirements and that it was typical not to sign such documents,
specifically as one means to avoid representing that the information shown was
complete or suitable for construction or other reliance.  The Board found
SEAOC's argument non-persuasive.

Please be advised that under this ruling, any engineering document, draft,
preliminary or otherwise, must be signed by a professional engineer.

SEAOC will continue to appeal this finding with the Board.<<