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I have submitted calcs to building officials and never liked it one bit.
Maybe I'm paranoid, but it feels like there's the potential for one to
actually be testifying against oneself.  For instance, the omission of a
specific calculation could be construed as negligence.

John P. Riley
Riley Engineering
Blue Grass, Iowa
A client has asked for a copy of my structural calculations.  I never give
my calculations to anyone except the Building Department, as required by
 I have had clients to whom I have delivered my calcs and drawings so that
the client could file them with an application for a Building Permit, and
I'm sure some of them have made copies of the calcs while they were in their
hands -- I haven't made a fuss about that since I really don't know.
However, if I explicitly give my calcs to someone, it implies that I think
they have a use for them.

No one has a use for my calcs but me -- they are a partial record, for my
use, of my design and decision making process; they are in shorthand and not
a complete record of my decision making process.  They are not necessarily
precise, or even accurate -- depending on what I feel is called for on a
particular matter.  The calcs are not edited for clarity to be clearly
understood by others.  They are certain to be misinterpreted, and are
subject to misuse.

My client says that he has never had an engineer refuse to give him the
calculations for a project.

What do you think?

Nels Roselund
Structural Engineer

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