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My experience with 3rd party plan checkers that some municipalities use around here in the SF area has been very tedious to say the least...  For the most part, they seem to follow the code letter as written, with very little grey area/wiggle room given to the designer...

As for a peer review, I have not experienced that yet...

On Wed, Jan 7, 2009 at 10:36 AM, Drew Morris <dmorris(--nospam--at)> wrote:
We have/had a similar situation up here in Anchorage. Due to overflow and the backlog at the Municipality, they let a contract to let a firm in the Northwest do review. I followed their comments and had no problems in understanding what their concern was and how to respond.

David Fisher wrote:

Believe it or not, we actually have a pretty good system here now in Chicago.

We can elect to by-pass the City plan reviewers and obtain a "structural peer review"

>From a certified peer reviewer.

We find the comments to be more in line with "real word conditions" and the process

Much more expeditious and worthwhile.

No more comments like:

*/"David, what if your building suddenly grew to a mile long?"/*

No joke.

David L. Fisher SE PE

Fisher and Partners - Cayman

372 West Ontario Chicago 60610

75 Fort Street Georgetown Grand Cayman BWI

319 A Street Boston 02210


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*From:* Michel Blangy [mailto:mblangy(--nospam--at)]
*Sent:* Wednesday, January 07, 2009 12:04 PM
*To:* seaint(--nospam--at)
*Subject:* RE: Paying for clarification

> I don't want the plan checker signing off my work because I am a 60-ish year old white haired engineer who he believes has the great knowledge of experience to rely upon.

I am 30-ish and am having insecure feelings that the plan checkers are starting to rely a little to much on me. I am not being arrogant, but I expected corrections on several of my recent submittals and got almost none.

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