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Personally,  I would make absolutely sure that the walls are not in
compliance with the applicable building code (including the nebulous
"conventional construction" requirements).  I would then proceed to inspect
the walls as a company representative, write a report of the findings as to
whether the walls meet his instructions but also include in writing the
facts and objections with regard to the code violations.

What type of violation are we looking at?  Is this a life safety issue or is
the wall one inch short of making the aspect ratio requirements?  Why were
the changes required in the first place? If the problem is a clear code
violation or potentially hazardous, I would also inform the local building
official and probably file a complaint with the state board.

Either way I would promptly begin looking for alternate employment with a
reputable firm.

Paul Feather
----- Original Message -----
From: "David Gorton" <david(--nospam--at)jl-architecture.com>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
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
> constructed)
>
> 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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