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The practice guideline Professional Engineers Reviewing Work Pre- The specifcations should make it clear that

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pared by Another Professional Engineer states the following, “Clients a) the PSE’s review of shop drawings is undertaken to determine
or regulatory bodies might ask authoring engineers to submit whether they meet the intent of the design; and
design calculations and other information that is not normally b) the client should engage independent agencies to advise on
considered part of the fnal documents. Unless there is a contrac- the quality of the contractor’s performance and whether the
tual or legislated obligation to do otherwise, authoring engineers work meets the intent of the design.
should not provide documents generated during commission of
the engineering services.” Structural Drawings
When structural drawings are issued, they are intended to be
Specifcations used for a specifc purpose, such as a building permit application,
Structural engineers shall provide the technical sections of specifca- tendering of the work or construction. These drawings need to
tions for all structural design work for which they are responsible. The be suffciently complete for the purpose for which they are issued
specifcations should cover: and they are to be prepared under the direct supervision of the
a) the scope of work; PSE or SSE who is responsible for the drawing and design content
b) standards, codes and bylaws governing the work; therein. Whenever structural drawings are issued, the drawings
c) submittals required; are to include the purpose of the issuance in the title block and
d) quality control requirements; are to be sealed as per the practice guideline Use of the Professional
e) materials and tolerances; Engineer’s Seal.
f ) workmanship and fabrication;
g) criteria for temporary works; Working drawings are drawings-in-progress or supplementary
h) feld review of construction, inspection and testing; sketches that are intended for use only by those involved with the
i) provisions for the contractor to provide notifcation before design work during the design development and contract docu-
commencing; ment stages of the project. Working drawings are not intended
j) signifcant steps of the work; to be issued, except for coordination with others, and should
k) trade warranties; and normally not be sealed.
l) erection information, where necessary, to ensure the intent
and integrity of the design. Best practice is for drawings to be fully coordinated and complete
before they are issued for a building permit application, tender
Specifcations are prepared using a format suitable for inclusion in or construction. It may be necessary in some cases, however, to
the contract documents. On smaller projects and where appro- issue drawings that are not complete. Therefore, drawings issued
priate, however, specifcations can be abbreviated in an outline for a building permit application or tender should not be used for
format and become part of the structural design drawings. construction. Furthermore, drawings that indicate an incomplete
Specifcations should specify that the PSE’s review of submittals design should not be submitted for permit application.
and feld reviews, as well as testing and inspection by independent
companies reporting to the client, are carried out to inform the Drawings issued for a building permit application must indicate
client of the quality of the contractor’s performance, and that the complete design intent but may require more details for
these reviews, tests and inspections do not relieve the builder of pricing or clarifcation of the design intent as a result of questions
his/her responsibilities to build the project to conform to the raised during the tendering period. When numerous or signifcant
structural drawings and specifcations. modifications are made to the “Issued for Building Permit” draw-
ings following the building permit application, notifcation of
those alterations should be submitted to the building department
as part of the permit application.
Specifcations should specify that the PSE’s review of
submittals and feld reviews, as well as testing and Prior to the start of construction, “Issued for Construction”
inspection by independent companies reporting to the drawings should be prepared by the PSE. These drawings incor-
client, are carried out to inform the client of the quality porate all known modifcations to the previously issued drawings.
of the contractor’s performance, and that these reviews, The design and related data will be conveyed in a combination
of graphical representations, tables and notes that document the
tests and inspections do not relieve the builder of his/her
design standards, load criteria, member locations, orientations and
responsibilities to build the project to conform to the sizes, and any other data required as per applicable CSA Stan-
structural drawings and specifcations. dards. The design information on the drawing should be suff-
ciently complete so that the design can be fully understood and
verifed by another structural engineer. The drawings also need to
include suffcient detail to enable the fabrication, installation and
connection of the elements by the contractor.

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