attitude are you referring to? Would you have us believe that formal
calculation submittals and plan checks actually lead to better engineering
practice? Do you have any proof of that? What blown
apart structures are you referring to on the East Coast? Would they mostly
be single family residences, which typically are not designed by any
Thank you very much, but I don't anticipate needing your help in
court. I have been in practice for more than 30 years. I've been
sued twice over alleged design errors. Both suits were thrown out as being
wholly without merit. I also was the EOR on a large warehouse that
collapsed two years after construction. That led to a $26 million
lawsuit, and more than $1 million of forensic structural testing, but neither I
nor my employer were involved in the lawsuit (because we did not design the roof
drains and scuppers). I have also served as an expert witness in the
defense of more than a dozen other structural engineers. Most of those
cases involved life loss and claims in excess of $20 million. Not once did
I ask to see the original design calculations, because it was always the
design that was on trial, not the calculations. A third party expert
witness cannot form an independent and unbiased opinion of design adequacy if
he/she is influenced by the original design calculations.
Incidentally, it happens that all of the defendants were eventually
R. Caldwell, P.E.
attitude is why we see so many blown apart structures in the eastern side of the
" by such bureaucratic nonsense as formal
calculation submittals and plan-checks."
I'd hate to have to try to
defend you in court.
Neil Moore, S.E. neil moore and
associates shingle springs, california