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This is the reason most cities enforce Structural Observation by the Engineer.  Some of the things gets by the inspector from the City.  There should be no such thing as General Contractors inspector, since inspectors should be selected and paid for by the owner.
If I were you (this occurs often), I would have mentioned this to the contractor at the site (it is best to talk to the person incharge) who will def. make you feel that you are too picky.  You can very politely tell him that you are doing your work and the construction does not match the drawings.  Don't give a damn to his words of wisdom as you are not obligated to him but you are obligated to the owner and public for safety.
Take good notes and pictures, come back to the office and send a formal letter to the contractor with cc to owner. But if this is part of structural observation, you need to record it and send it to the City. At this point you will get the attention and things will get fixed.  Remedial measures should be paid for by the contractor.
- Aswin
Aswin Rangaswamy, P.E.
Engineer, Structural; SHA Coffman Engineers, CA
T: 818.285.2650; F: 818.285.2651
-----Original Message-----
From: Alden Manipula, E.I.T. [mailto:amanipula(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, March 28, 2002 9:10 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Standard Practice?

I've only worked in one architectural/engineering company so far in my short career as a structural EIT.  My question relates to how other offices deal w/ field problems, how the code of standard practice tell us to handle problems, and what the correct path for resolution of any field problems is.
For this hypothetical situation, who's responsible for what etc. etc.
The hypothetical situation:  Several non-code compliant erection deficiencies are found by the General Contractors inspector.  For example; less then SJI specified joist bearings, a WT added to the bottom of a roof beam to make up for bearing plate installed to low, short anchor bolts...
Who is responsible when the contractor doesn't meet the projects specifications? 
Is the Engineer/Architect responsible to come up w/ a fix?
Is it up to the Contractor and his subs to find a solution?
What happens if the GC continues w/ construction when he knows that there are noncompliant situations that he is covering up?
How do you deal w/ the frustrations?
Aren't the codes (ASCE, AISC, SJI) Law?
Am i being whiny little baby?  Should i just shut up?
Why can't we all just get along?
Alden Manipula, EIT