Inspecting Buildings During Construction: Are We Doing a Good Enough Job?

by Eugene E. Dallaire, Assoc. ed.; Civil Engineering Magazine, New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1983, Vol. 53, Issue 1, Pg. 50-55

Document Type: Feature article


Everyone agrees that inspecting buildings during their construction is important—and that it could be done a lot better than in the past. Suggestions for improving inspection practice include: (1) Require the structural engineering designer himself to inspect any building he designs; (2) or require him to inspect only selected types of buildings; (3) require the owner to designate a building inspector before issuing him a building permit; (4) require that critical formwork be designed by a qualified structural engineer; (5) require the mandatory certification of building inspectors; and (6) place much greater emphasis on training existing building inspectors.

Subject Headings: Building design | Inspection | Structural design | Owners | Permits | Licensure and certification | Training | Existing buildings

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