Letter, 9 April Letter, 20 April
Snow Load Removal from Existing Roofs Limit States Design - Foundations It has come to the attention of the Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba's Investigation Committee that some members have attempted to design foundations for buildings using a methodology that falls below the acceptable standard of professional engineering.
The methodology in question relies on analyzing the prescriptive aspects of the Manitoba Building Code MBC found in section 9. The methodology, which the IC does not condone, involves the calculation and prediction of soil capacities based on reverse-engineering these prescriptive details.
The prescriptive details illustrated in the figures presented in 9. Therefore, the design of piles other than those for single-storey attached garages must include an appropriate establishment of soil capacities for the site in question. These AHJ's may be consulted in the absence of site specific geotechnical information.
Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba's Investigation Committee wishes to further provide direction regarding sentence 9. This sentence allows for "structural members and their connections" to "be designed according to good engineering practice such as that provided in CWCEngineering Guide for Wood Frame Construction".
It is not 'good engineering practice' to rely on this sentence as justification to use Working Stress Design methodology for the design of foundations. The Investigation Committee encourages all of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba's practitioners to embrace Limit States Design as the only acceptable methodology for the engineered design of all building structural elements including foundations.
These complaints have related both to the review of site prior to the development of a design, as well as reviewing construction sites for compliance with engineering drawings and specifications.
This practice note will clarify the minimum standard expected of practitioners in their direct review of the site or supervision of reviews by others.
Practitioners, or another suitably qualified person responsible to them, must perform site reviews for the work represented in the drawings they've sealed. The Investigation Committee recognizes that practitioners are occasionally engaged to prepare design drawings for projects that do not advance to construction.
The Investigation Committee also recognizes that practitioners may not ultimately be the professional engaged to perform site reviews. However, practitioners should generally provide design services on the assumption that the project will proceed to construction and that they are also being engaged to review the implementation of the design.
Frequently the Building Permit Process requires that Professional Designers provide Letters of Assurance or commitments to conduct field reviews during construction. There are two instances where a practitioner may professionally assume that they will not be performing the site review.
Projects where the contract between the practitioner and the client clearly indicates that site review services will be performed by others, in which case the drawings must clearly indicate that the designer has not been engaged to perform site reviews; and Projects where the contract between the practitioner and the client has been terminated, in which case the practitioner must notify the authority having jurisdiction concerning the cessation of field review commitments.
Practitioners should properly document their site reviews. Practitioners must maintain a record of each site review, including the date of the visit, personnel in attendance, observations made during the review, directions provided verbally on-site, and, where appropriate, photographs.
Verbal instructions provided on-site should also be committed to the permanent project records after the review. If a site review is carried out by a third party on behalf of the practitioner, the practitioner must certify the record document as reviewed with a signature and the date.
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