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Whoa!  Since when did Architects get to sign off on engineering design?  It's got to be a "Portaloo", right?
When I design for jurisdictions other than my lawful registered, I warn the  Client that he/she will have get an engineer in that jurisdiction to review and carry out such revisions as necessary to comply with local authority requirements.
Also I would emphasize that if he/she changes anything without your OK, then it will be put in writing that your design was revised against your instructions and that you will not be liable, or responsible for that revision.  Here in Canada, if an engineer knowingly allows a (in his opinion) defective assembly to proceed, without clearly informing his Client and/or the local authorities, he/she is exposed to any subsequent liability.
You might want to consider that.

Thor A Tandy P.Eng
Victoria BC
e-mail: vicpeng(--nospam--at)
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2002 3:46 PM
Subject: Ethic's Question

I would like to hear some feed back from some fellow engineers
concerning a possible ethical problem that I have encountered with my
present employer.  My engineering design of some wood shearwalls was
changed on the field by my employer, who is an Architect.  I have
informed him that I do not agree with the changes that he has made, and
that they do not follow the current UBC code.  While I did perform the
structural design, he stamped the drawings. (I am not registered to
practice engineering in the state in which the building is being

My employer is now requesting me to perform another inspection on the
shearwalls to verify what he changed is performed to his instructions.
My question is, do I have an ethical responsibility to report what I see
as not being constructed to code, or should I perform my duties as a
company representative and just verify that the changes are constructed
to his requirements?

I have informed my employer of my dilemma, but was given only one
option, do my job as a representative of the firm.

Your inputs and thoughts on this matter are greatly appreciated.

David Gorton, PE

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