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Title: PRACTICE: Direct Supervision

From: Jeremy White [mailto:jwhite(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Monday, February 27, 2006 8:24 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: PRACTICE: Direct Supervision


Is this new regulation more or less stringent?  It would seem that this type of regulation would be used to combat overseas outsourcing of work.



I do not believe that is the intent of the more recent rules changes. If anything the “new” regulations/rules are LESS stringent than they have been in the past.


Earlier iterations were not “square” with reality in that they required the EOR, who is sealing the drawings or other documents, to be 100% present and accounted for while work was being done—at least according to a strict reading of the rules. The FACT however is that a great deal of work is DELEGATED by the EOR, particularly in shops where you may have only one licensed engineer, and several EITs who are nevertheless doing a lot of the work UNDER SUPERVISION, whether the EOR is present at all times or not.


Now, “supervision” is defined much less stringently.


If anything, you could make the argument that this “aids and abets” outsourcing. However, I believe the whole “outsourcing” fad is passing. There will always be some amount of it—that’s just economic reality—but the “hidden costs” of receiving services at a remove from the customer, client or project site have manifest themselves to the extent that it is not regarded as the “panacea” it once was.