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My understanding of structural observations is that you are going to
confirm substantial conformance with the design intent.  I try to be
clear in my communication that I'm not a building inspector, nor am I
taking the place of them.  I'm there to go through the site and see if
I see anything that is different than what we designed.  To me,
lateral detailing is the most important thing to check since that is
the least understood by builders and the most often overlooked by

Ultimately though, confirming that the job conforms to code and to the
plans is the job of the contractor and the inspector.

Hope that helps.


On Fri, Jun 6, 2008 at 10:22 AM, DA ENGINEERING <dnae(--nospam--at)> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I will try again to get input
> thanks in advance
>  structural observation to residential jobs
> engineer go to the site see all element beams, posts, connections, shear
> walls , nailing , plywood
> anchor bolts  etc...........
> but when it come to verify the location of beams under post above
> how you make sure it line up , is not offset,  is that the responsibility
> of  the engineer
> who observe the job, framer , contractor, or city's inspector and for CBC
> 2007  special inspection
> I think it will be difficult for observation's engineer to verify
> specially for large scale homes with 100 beams three story  to  do that
> thanks in advance for your input and experience
> my second question if there offset between beam and post above
> and is hard to get anything added
> what is acceptable  for example 1 1/8 inch  plywood
> 3/4 inch plywood
>  to span 16 inch over joists  with point load = 3.0 kip to 5.0 kips?!
> thanks for input
> Dave A.

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