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Our insurance company instructs us to not "certify" anything as that implies a degree of warranty.  Likewise they tell us to not do any inspection as engineers are not qualified to be inspectors, unless they take the same courses, pass their exams and then have the same required amount of experience.

Stan Caldwell wrote:
Not to worry, Halff Associates routinely declines to certify anything.  Beyond that, we attest only to that which we know to be absolute FACT.  The firm receiving the letter has three licensed PEs and is based in Beaumont, Texas.

On Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 2:12 AM, Gerard Madden, SE <gmse4603(--nospam--at)> wrote:
Act of God exception clause? SE's shouldn't be warranty-ing a roof safety is the code level design, not avoid failures.

Hopefully it wasn't your firm Stan.


On Tue, Jul 28, 2009 at 10:00 PM, Stan Caldwell <stancaldwell(--nospam--at)> wrote:
Imagine that you were hired to inspect and certify a re-roofing job on a building that you did not design.  The reason for the re-roofing work was to repair damage caused by Hurricane Rita.  Then imagine that Hurricane Ike damaged the building again.  Now, imagine that you have just received a letter demanding a check for $3,091,985.18.  That actually happened to a structural engineer on July 24, 2009 in Texas.  The demand is from the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.  Payment must be made within 25 days. 
Now then, things don't seem so bleak in your practice.  Do they? 

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