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RE: [SEAINT-SEAOC] EOR and Special Inspections and contracts

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Consider yourself lucky to be let go because of a soils report.  You would
have been the first person he blamed when the building shows distress from
differential settlement or any other soils issue now it is his court and his 

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From: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at) [mailto:seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)] On
Behalf Of Joseph Grill
Sent: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 5:55 PM
To: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: [SEAINT-SEAOSC] [SEAINT-SEAOC] EOR and Special Inspections and

Great questions.  I'll be looking forward to replies.  I think the
discussion will also apply to smaller projects such as residential and
custom residential projects where local building dept. requirements (minimum 
 requirements) drive an owners desires for a less costly design which may
then clash with a more prudent design from an engineering point of view. 
An example might be a minimum requirement of 1500 psf soil bearing pressure
(from building dept) . The owner assumes that an engineers requirement for 
a geotechnical study being done is then extremely excessive and overly
expensive since the building department does not require it.
Where I think very prudent and good "insurance" for all involved.  I just
lost a nice project due to that.

On Mar 19, 2014 8:36 PM, "Ricardo Gonzalez" <ricardog(--nospam--at)> wrote:

> Hello Fellow Engineers,
> It has been my practice to avoid performing Special Inspections except
> for those construction administration tasks that can also be
> categorized as Structural Observations.  For instance, I have no
> issues wearing the Special Inspection hat for light frame residential

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