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RE: Pe Act/CA Code Of Regulations Title 16 Div 5

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I have reported an unsafe structure in the past to the Owner based on 
visual observation.  I was later contacted by the enigneer who was grateful 
 for my observations.  Repairs were made, and all was good.  But the Codes 
of Ethics is a bit vague on whether or not reporting a deficiency is an 
"professional obligation".  Engineers are not casual observers.  We have 
training and knowledge that gives us more insight on structural 


I would suggest reading ASCE Canon 1.  It may not be a law, but I think it 
adds clarity.

Regards, Harold Sprague

> Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2012 12:30:10 -0700
> From: djk1engineering(--nospam--at)
> Subject: [SEAINT-SEAOSC] Pe Act/CA Code Of Regulations Title 16 Div 5
> To: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)
> I'd appreciate some info on this topics.
> Under the PE ACT and the CA Code of regulations Title 16 DIV 5 or other
> sections and codes/laws when is a licensed engineer's duty to report to
> local governing agencies
> that an existing structure as visually observed it is believed to be in
> code violation and/or placing in jeopardy the health safety and property 
> of the public?
> Thank you
> --
> *Desi J. Kiss, M.S., P.E.- *Principal
> *DJK Engineering* - Mission Viejo CA.
> Ph: 949/458-9169 Fax: 949/458-9059

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