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I do "Formal Calcs" for all jobs.  I price it in the project and I found
that having to do a step by step report results in discovery of items missed
or undersigned.  That is just the way I work.  I don't think it adds much
time to the project.

I hand them over to the client with the drawings and sketches that may be
produced.

Ronald Hill, P.E.
HILL Consulting Engineering
Birmingham, Alabama  USA
Phone: 205.823.4784
FAX: 205.823.4145
Email: ronhill(--nospam--at)hillce.com
Efax: 509.275.8095
http:\\www.hillce.com


-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Polhemus [mailto:bill(--nospam--at)polhemus.cc]
Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2001 4:56 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: RE: STANDARD PRACTICE


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gerard Madden [mailto:GMadden(--nospam--at)mplusl.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2001 2:48 PM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> Subject: Re: STANDARD PRACTICE
>
>
> I too, assume you guys write out calcs on paper, but  maybe not all of
you.

One of the biggest problems with making elaborate, formal calculations is
that clients typically won't pay for it.

I simply keep all the computer-generated files for the various design
programs I run in a folder for each job, and those are my "calculations." I
can if need be--and I have done this in the past--reconstruct what I did,
but I doubt anyone else could do so. It is my own unconsciously cryptic
system.

Now, I do formal calcs on CERTAIN jobs--because the client requires them and
so they pay for them. But most of the jobs, particularly commercial or
residential building projects, do NOT have such formal, written calcs
because the clients aren't going to pay me for them. I do the minimum
required to satisfy myself, and that's the extent of it.

Would that we could dictate to our clients what we will do, as attorneys do,
but you can forget it.

William L. Polhemus, Jr., P.E.
Polhemus Engineering Company
Katy, Texas
Phone 281-492-2251
Fax 281-492-8203


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