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David,

Is this the same architect who wanted to use spline plates with through
bolts instead of your recommended
large split rings for that GL truss job?

It certainly sounds as if he's reluctant to follow your advice!

Steven A.
Los Angeles




David Gorton wrote:

> 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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