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I found the web site for the Association of Professional Engineers and
Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC) quite interesting. They have a
fairly detailed description of what they consider the minimum standard of
care for Structural Engineers and expect all licensed engineers in BC to
conform to their requirements and in general to their guidelines. 

The guidelines state that all structural designs must be checked by a
qualified engineer other than the preparer, and the regulations require that
all designs governed by the building code must additionally undergo a
"conceptual review" by an experienced engineer not directly involved in the
design. And they have an auditing procedure to verify that firms are
complying with the requirements. This is a very aggressive - and very
impressive - approach to ensure quality in structural designs. I would be
interested in hearing from some BC structural engineers on how well this is
working - are owners willing to pay the necessary fees to accomplish these
goals? Have there been any problems with this approach? 
I would like to see engineering organizations in the US develop more
guidelines relating to design checking and reviews. In my opinion, we do not
currently have adequate guidelines for quality assurance/quality control
(QA/QC) with respect to development of structural engineering projects. 

William C. Sherman, PE
CDM, Denver, CO
Phone: 303-298-1311
Fax: 303-293-8236
email: shermanwc(--nospam--at)

-----Original Message-----
From: Daryl Richardson [mailto:h.d.richardson(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Monday, June 23, 2003 12:39 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: Technical Peer Review Survey

        The Province of British Columbia, Canada, has a formal requirement
for a full formal pear review for all STRUCTURAL engineering projects.  B.C.
is to my knowledge, the only jurisdiction in Canada which formally separates
Structural Engineering from Civil Engineering.  They have a web site at  I'm sure they will be happy to share whatever they have
with you. 
H. Daryl Richardson 
"Stuart, Matthew" wrote: 
One of my interests within the industry is Technical Peer Reviews (TPR).
Currently I am in the process of putting together a paper on this subject
for the ASCE Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and
Practice. Most of my efforts right now are being put towards gathering as
much input as I can from consultants, the insurance industry (like DPIC and
SERMC), industry organizations (like CASE, etc.) and governing bodies (like
the Mass. Building Code) in order to develop a good overview of the
subject.I have put together a survey in an effort to get part of the process
started.The online version of the survey has been posted to the SEA of
Alabama Web Site ( through the efforts of Michelle
Ballew of Christy Cobb Consulting Engineers of Birmingham, Alabama. Please
take a few minutes of your time to fill out the survey. 
Thank you for your assistance. 
D. Matthew Stuart, P.E., S.E., P.Eng. 
Senior Project Manager 
Schoor DePalma Engineers and Consultants 
Manalapan Structural Department 
200 State Highway Nine 
Manalapan, NJ 07726 
732-577-9000 (Ext. 1275) 
908-309-8657 (Cell) 
732 -431-9428 (Fax) 

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