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Re: Tilt-Up Wall Submittal Review

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How about no comment at all.  Did you ask for the submittal?  If they submitted a drawing showing OSHA fall protection systems, would you comment on it?  I don't see why you would make any comment (or even keep record that you received it).  Simply return it with no comments.  At most, say you received but have not reviewed it because it is means and methods.  If you acknowledge that you have "looked it over", you can potentially be held accountable for the content.  Maybe even the lifting procedures.

If you want to look at it, make sure you fully understand it the way you would any other shop drawing.  If you are not prepared to get that involved, simply return it without any comment and stay away.  It should be crystal clear you have no responsibility or over site for means and methods.

I have designed crane picks for contractors (although not tilt).  I generally work with the contractor and rarely get the EOR involved unless there is some glaring omission on the job.  If the contractor has specific questions, let him ask them.  Otherwise I suggest you just return the package and let him do his job.

Jake Watson, S.E.
Salt Lake City, UT

P.S. Then again, maybe I am just too cynical.  It could be the contractor is trying to be pro-active and keep you in the loop regarding his procedures.  Good luck!

On Dec 13, 2007 7:58 PM, Rich Lewis <seaint04(--nospam--at)> wrote:

I received a large package of information for a tilt-up wall building I designed.  The submittal was produced by Dayton Superior.  It includes a lot of general information on tilt wall erection and then the insert and bracing details for the wall panels.  I wondering how a submittal like this is typically handled by other engineers.  This is basically a "means and method of construction" submittal.   I didn't design the lifting procedure, sequence, anchors, bracing, etc. 


I don't think I should "approve" it.  I don't think I should put a typical shop drawing stamp on it.  I'm considering sending it back with a letter stating I looked at it, I don't take exception to anything and remind the contractor that they are responsible for means and methods of construction and I take no responsibility for the lifting and placing design.


Is that how others handle it, or is should I look at this differently?