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Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2000 3:23
Subject: Re: Release of Calcs.
Nels has brought up an excellent point that I think requires
some consideration. Let's face it, none of us do "complete calculations",
since experience has taught us in some instances what works and what doesn't.
Additionally, the information, that is available after the construction is
complete, may not have been available while we were designing.
With that in mind, I have put together a short disclaimer, using many of
the excellent points that Nels made, for inclusion in calculations that are
required to be given to Owners or others.
Here it is.......
These calculations are a partial record of the design and decision
making process. These calculations are a brief shorthand methodology by the
designer and it is likely that it is not totally complete in scope or
These calculations and methods may not be necessarily precise, or even
accurate in all circumstances-- depending on how gross or refined, the
Engineer felt, the analysis needed to be for the particular situation. These
calculations have not been edited for clarity and therefore may be easily
misunderstood and misused by others.
Some of the information in these calculations may no longer be valid,
since it is not uncommon to substitute materials, modify construction, change
or add loads and modify the intended use of all or portions of
Much additional information, furnished by others, in both verbal and
written form, is not included in these calculations. This information has been
used the selection and evaluation of various components of this construction.
Some of this information may include soils information, equipment sizes and
loads, architectural requirements, building code requirements, owner’s needs,
constructibility, engineered products, etc. Additional information may have
come to light only during construction. Without this additional information
plus all of the as built information, the use of these calculations, by other
than the original Engineer of Record, is not recommended for evaluating
various building components or the structure.
What do you think? Is this going overboard or would anyone even notice?
Jim Kestner, P.E.
Green Bay, Wi.