Some Proposals for Reducing Structural Failures

by Peter Kocsis, (M.ASCE), Struct. Engr.; Bridge Div., City of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1982, Vol. 52, Issue 6, Pg. 70-71

Document Type: Feature article


Illinois is one of the few states requiring a Structural Engineer's License: a P.E. alone is not enough to practice structural engineering there. Unfortunately, even in Illinois, the actual design is often done by an unlicensed person. A Structural Engineer's license should be required for every person who does structural design and he should be reguired to affix his seal to all design calculations and drawings. In addition, it should be required that all structural computations be checked by another registered structural engineer.

Subject Headings: Structural design | Failure analysis | Structural failures | Licensure and certification | Computing in civil engineering | Illinois | United States

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