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RE: interesting article in today's LA Times

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Thor's response helped explain why an "architect" in Japan was doing the
structural calculations, but I agree with you that it is misleading to
imply that building inspectors are somehow responsible for design

But this brings up a concern I have with structural engineering in the
U.S. - there is no standard that requires structural designs to be
independently checked.  From what I have seen, many structural firms do
not routinely do design checking.  (A PE may review the design drawings
but the calculations are not checked in any detail, unless the drawings
indicate a gross error.)  

I have been involved in checking and having my designs checked for many
years, and I find that most structural designs contain design errors.
This is particularly true where seismic design and detailing is
required.  I feel that our own standards need to be improved in this

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

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Suresh Acharya [mailto:SAcharya(--nospam--at)] 
> Sent: Friday, December 02, 2005 10:59 AM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: Re: interesting article in today's LA Times
> This article gives impression to ordinary people that 
> architects do structural calculations, and inspectors such as 
> eHome check architects' calculations. How misleading.
> Suresh Acharya, S.E.
> >>> Ben.Yousefi(--nospam--at)SMGOV.NET 12/2/2005 9:03 AM >>>
> This article in today's LA Times has a very interesting 
> combination of issues dealing with structural design, review 
> and contract plan checking.

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