My experience has been that private consultants are extremely resistant to
farming out work because it basically eats into their livelihood. Even in
situations where the actual design work is done by the consultant but
another engineer-of-record must be retained because of the lack of timely or
the presence of costly licensing requirements in a out-of-state venue, the
originating engineer is typically only willing to pay for "rubber stamp"
Again, based on my experience, the best source of overflow or specialty work
is design/build organizations and contractors. Examples of the situations
that I am taking about would be design/build firms with in-house engineering
staffs incapable of handling the work load or a contractor looking for an
engineer with a specialty in something like metal stud, tilt-up concrete or
other similar component design.
So I would recommend that for your idea of trying to establish a network of
engineers interested in collaborating to work, it should target design/build
companies and contractors not just structural engineers on the SEAINT List.
This could be done through links with DBA and AGC. You might try developing
a matrix of available consultants based on certain specialties of design or
Matthew Stuart, PE, SE, PEng
From: Structuralist [mailto:dennis.wish(--nospam--at)gte.net]
Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2001 10:06 PM
Subject: Was: Bridge engineer consultant needed Now: Collaboration
One of the goals I had set for the Structuralist.Net was to establish a
Collaboration effort where engineers could offer their services to others
than required specialists OR who had an overabundance of work but did not or
could not commit to hiring more help.
The Collaboration forum received some initial interest (mostly for engineers
outside the US) but the issue did not amount to much.
What is it that I am missing? While some engineers indicated a slowdown of
work, others are extremely busy. It seems feasible, despite some of initial
problems, that a collaboration is possible.
Would anyone like to comment? Is this an idea worth pursuing and if so, what
would be the best method of instituting such a plan - a private network of
Dennis S. Wish, PE
The Structuralist Administrator for:
(208) 361-5447 E-Fax
From: Harris3803(--nospam--at)aol.com [mailto:Harris3803(--nospam--at)aol.com]
Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2001 4:35 PM
Subject: Bridge engineer consultant needed
A longtime client of mine has asked me to provide a proposal for a bridge
structural design. I am looking for a consultant with extensive bridge
experience in the southern CA area to share the work with. If you are
interested and qualified you may call me at telephone # 818-889-0932. Please
do not respond back to the list or e-mail.
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