June, 2000

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Q: As an engineer, I have been retained to do the field review of construction on a project for which another engineer did the design. I've been asked to complete and submit Alberta Building Code schedules A2, B1 and B2. The schedules require commitments by the owner and registered professional of record for both design and field review. Can I simply delete the references to "design" and sign the schedules?

A: Since you are only assuming responsibility for field review, an authority having jurisdiction (e.g., city, municipality) should find it acceptable if you cross out and initial those items which are not part of your work, including references to the term "design", so it is clear that they are not your responsibility. Presumably, the authority already has schedules on file from the design engineer accepting responsibility for design as well as notification that the design engineer has ceased to be retained by the owner.

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