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Bill,
That's why peer review is used a lot in Europe. They may
not actually check your calcs, but they review the struc-
ture as a whole.  But they don't review simple small
match-box type structures--as far as I know.
Gary

On 5 Dec 2005 at 9:59, Sherman, William wrote:

> 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 review.  
> 
> 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 area. 
> 
> 
> William C. Sherman, PE 
> (Bill Sherman) 
> CDM, Denver, CO
> Phone: 303-298-1311
> Fax: 303-293-8236
> email: shermanwc(--nospam--at)cdm.com
> 
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Suresh Acharya [mailto:SAcharya(--nospam--at)ci.alameda.ca.us] 
> > Sent: Friday, December 02, 2005 10:59 AM
> > To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> > 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.
> > 
> > http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-architect2
> dec02,0,244076.story?coll=la-home-world 
> > 
> 
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