From: Roger Turk <73527.1356(--nospam--at)compuserve.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2001 19:09:10 -0500
D. A. wrote:
. > Hi
. > I have a client brought me a job already engineered (plans and calculation
. > and details ) by anther engineer under 1994 ubc code
. > he asked me to do the calculation again using the same plans
. > and the details using 97 ubc
. > I want to know if I can use the same plan because I do not think
. > I can change any of the beams and the layout of the floor joists
. > the only thing that he wants to change roof trusses to roof joists
. > the foundation is post tension which is existing
. > the other thing I can change the details
. > I like to other engineers opinion
. > Thanks in advance
. > DA
Is copyright not a topic that generates a lot of discussion on this list?
Isn't unauthorized reuse of plans another topic that generates a lot of
Where are the comments on this post addressing these two topics?
The first thing that I would do would be to contact the original engineer and
find out if he/she has been "satisfied," i.e., paid, for his/her work.
The second thing I would do would be to ask the original engineer if he/she
has authorized his/her plans to be modified in certain areas.
If the answer to either of these questions is, "No," the third thing I would
do would be to tell the potential client to "take a hike!"
Something is amiss here! Would it not be easier for the original engineer to
modify his/her plans than have some other engineer do it? Doesn't the
original engineer have the calculations, knows the load path, etc? I have
known developers who have hired a prime professional to produce plans and
specifications for a development, and then cut the plans up and parcel out
parts of the project to other professionals to change.
When the potential client opens his/her mouth, do you smell bull s***?
A. Roger Turk, P.E.(Structural)