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        Both Chris and Harold have offered good advice.  I do, however, have a couple of things to add.
        In Alberta it would be ethically required for you to notify the other engineer that you have been requested of provide a review or second opinion of his/her work.  That is, unless you are working for a lawyer and "client/lawyer confidences are involved in which case such notification could possibly be illegal.
        If there is anything wrong there will likely be litigation and you will almost certainly be drawn into it.  I would recommend that you have insurance in place before you undertake the work;and, under no circumstances assign any blame to anyone for anything as Chris recommended (That would be for the litigation to determine).  If you must (and, quite possibly you must) provide a fast reply and don't have sufficient time to properly assess some items qualify them as "concerns that require a more detailed review than time has permitted for this report."
H. Daryl Richardson
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Sent: Friday, March 21, 2008 4:00 PM
Subject: RE: review of another SE's design...

It is difficult to advise based on the limited information.  But I will offer a few observations. 
The report should focus on the technical aspects and avoid who should have done what.  That may be an issue later.  Write in the third person. 
Try to be as dispassionate as possible.  If this is a failure or short coming of some sort, there are some guidelines published by CASE.  There are also some documents from ASTM: E 620, E 678, E 1658, E 1732 that may be helpful. 
I would also recommend the book "Engineering Ethics - Concepts , Viewpoints, Cases and Codes", by the National Institute for Engineering Ethics at Texas Tech. 

Harold Sprague

From: akester(--nospam--at)
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: review of another SE's design...
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2008 17:26:13 -0400

Please email any comments or suggestions directly to me, as this is a weekend job...
I have been asked to review, from what I know, a respected long-time engineer in this area's job. It is a pretty big project, with some steel framing issues. The GC has hired us to investigate the steel that has been erected on-site (done), run some calcs on their steel sizes, and come up with some professional opinions in a report for a Monday afternoon as to what we think has occurred and how to fix it. They said they quote, "We do not care who is right or wrong, we have two parties pointing fingers, and we want your unbiased opinion.,"
It is a precarious position but at least I do not feel hamstrung. I want to be delicate, professional, and not hang another engineer out to dry.
I guess I am asking for opinions, ideas, experiences of who has been through this before...
Andrew Kester, P.E.
Principal/Project Manager
ADK Structural Engineering, PLLC
1510 E. Colonial Ave., Suite 301
Orlando, FL 32803

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