Yes. Most activities related to dam safety inspections require the services of a licensed professional engineer.If a dam owner is proven to be negligent, liability will be significant.
Yes. Most have not had specific titles, but are applicable to inspection and design. Recent workshops have addressed multiple technical and non-technical topics. In addition, the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) offers many technical seminars each year.
Whether this is critical depends on several factors, including the dam's hazard potential rating.
Both of these organizations are dedicated to continuing and enhancing the technical expertise of its members.
While this is a particularly broad subject, these principles are of particular importance to a dam owner:
All of these are important factors to consider in evaluating the safety and operation of a dam.
Subcontracting is not inherently a problem, but delays in completion of service may occur unless tight control of timing is written into contract language.
Yes is the best answer, but some firms may have unlicensed staff conduct the field inspection, with a licensed engineer signing the report. This is not illegal, but this is not a preferred practice unless the unlicensed inspector is an engineer very knowledgeable about dam safety.
Contact the references and find out if they were satisfied with the services rendered. If the references are not satisfied, find out why. Sometimes, the problem is the result of a misunderstanding in the terms of the contract which may be as much the client's fault as the engineer's.
Keep in mind that not all of these areas of expertise are necessary for all dams.
Be sure that the inspection and final report can be completed in the needed time frame.
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