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RE: Shop Drawing Review

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I agree with Davin - if you are given a chance to review the shop drawings to confirm that they conform to the contract documents and you do not do the review, it seems to me that you are increasing your liability, as well as neglecting your professional responsibility to protect the client and the public.  If the as built condition in the field does not conform, that will need to be addressed as a separate issue, as with any field nonconformance.
Bill Sherman

From: Nuttall, Davin J. [mailto:dnuttall(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Monday, August 14, 2006 10:59 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: Shop Drawing Review

Hi Bill,
This is not an uncommon event in my experience.
I will still review and comment as I always would.
The problem is trying to implement the comments or changes after-the-fact which is really not my (direct) concern.
I am still on the hook for making the structure work, and I provide commentary to the shop drawings as I need.  At the very least, it should help CYA in different ways if the field needs to correct anything.
Good Luck,
Dave Nuttall, P.E.
Green Bay, WI
 -----Original Message-----
From: Bill Allen [mailto:T.W.Allen(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Monday, August 14, 2006 10:46 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Shop Drawing Review

I have received shop drawings for an element (Glu-Lam Beams) which have already been installed.


The client is a good one. The contractor is a good one. The owner is a good one. I suspect this is an honest mistake; I don’t believe that anyone is trying to pull a fast one.


Should I:


  1. Review the shop drawings,
  2. Reject the shop drawings or
  3. _____________________




T. William (Bill) Allen, S.E.


Consulting Structural Engineers
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