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- To: "'seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org'" <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
- Subject: RE: Proposed Standard of Care "again"
- From: Paul Crocker <paulc(--nospam--at)ckcps.com>
- Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2000 13:59:26 -0700
"On a number of occasions I have received contractor submittals of designs performed by Professional Engineers which were unchecked and which included significant errors. What standard or law can I point to regarding their unchecked and erroneous designs? I have also reviewed previous designs by Professional Engineers for existing structures which also were unchecked and contained errors." You seem here to equate "unchecked" with erroneous. Many of the notable structural failures throughout history were checked by a number of different engineers, each of whom failed to see the problem for a variety of reasons. In that light, I'm not sure on what basis you assume that the designs you reviewed were "unchecked" unless the engineer's design methodology came out in a later court case. Perhaps the engineer who checked them also missed the error. In some firms, checking "flows downhill" and thus each level that it passes through is less capable of finding problems than the one that they received it from. "Checked" is a very broad term in that sense. "If a client purchases engineering services, how does the client know what level of quality assurance they will receive from the engineer? Why shouldn't each engineer contracting for such services be held to the same standard of service?" Like anything else, the reputation and resume of the firm tell more about their work than anything else. Even if a specific regiment of checking was mandatory, you would still see wide differences in the standard of service offered by firms based on staff experience, staff level of education, level of continuing education, workload and overtime, software used and experience with it, office conditions, and even general temperment. Checking is crucial, but it is a long way from assuring a uniform level of service from different firms.
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