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RE: Special Inspection
- To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
- Subject: RE: Special Inspection
- From: "Al Grathwol" <AGrathwol(--nospam--at)BoyleEngineering.com>
- Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2003 11:46:52 -0800
insurance advises we not say "approve" or "approved" also. "Review"
and "Reviewed" are the recommended verbs.
I never say I" inspected" unless I watched the
entire process. A typical letter might read something like this:
Site visits were made
by my firm to observe and approve the structural framing, diaphragm nailing,
and lateral force resisting system of the main house.
The site visits were
done in accordance with the requirement for Structural Observation as
specified in UBC Section 1702.
!supportEmptyParas]--><!--[endif]-->Deficiencies that were
observed were brought to the builder's attention and were subsequently found
to be substantially corrected. The observed work was found
to be in substantial conformance with the approved plans and specifications,
with minor field changes including:
Although this is probably discussed in something I should have
read, I thought I'd ask anyways ...
What is the rational behind requiring special inspection based on
Seismic Performance Category? I understand the definition of "special
inspection" to be inspection paid for by the owner, as opposed to inspection
by the building department.
This seems to imply that if you are in an area with a low risk of
earthquakes, it doesn't matter that your concrete is cr*p and you have
left out half of the reinforcing steel.
Also, insurance companies advise engineers never to use the word
"inspect" in their reports. How can you not do that, when the Code
sections on special inspection uses the word about two dozen times?
Finally, the term "Deputy Inspector" seems to be a California
thing. How is it defined? Did it come out of SEAOC