In case number 2013029125, the Licensee was charged with violating Section 471.033(1)(g), Florida Statutes and Rule 61G15-19.001(4), Florida Administrative Code; negligence in the practice of engineering. The Licensee signed, sealed and dated inspection/completion reports for several properties. The purpose of the inspection/completion reports was to confirm that sinkhole remediation work had been performed in conformity with remediation plans. The remediation work was materially deficient and Licensee failed to utilize due care in performing in an engineering capacity and failed to have due regard for acceptable standards of engineering principles.
In case number 2014045758, the Licensee was charged with violating Section 471.033(1)(g), Florida Statutes and Rule 61G15-19.001(4), Florida Administrative Code; negligence in the practice of engineering. Licensee signed, sealed and dated engineering documents. The documents contained deficiencies. The electrical engineering deficiencies include, but are not limited to the drawings contain an electrical riser diagram but no short circuit values and no voltage drop calculations for the feeders and customer-owned service conductors; no surge protective devices, the main disconnect and distribution panels are shown on the electrical riser diagram but none are located on the power plan or lighting plan, etc. The mechanical engineering deficiencies include, but are not limited to the two HVAC drawings and accompanying documents contain no energy calculations, no combustion air calculations, and unclear, congested, confusing duct systems, the drawings do not contain adequate information to determine compliance with codes and ordinances, the air condition equipment schedules are shown for air handling units and condensing units, but do not contain cooling coil requirements based on sensible heat, latent heat, and total heat gains, etc. The plumbing engineering deficiencies include, but are not limited to the plumbing drawings do not state specific codes, rules, or ordinances with which the plumbing systems must comply, potable water isometric diagrams are not shown on the drawings, total water fixture units are not shown on the drawings, etc. The structural engineering deficiencies include, but are not limited to the structural drawings do not designate the foundation capacity, do not include data indicating the nature of the foundation material anticipated and do not include site preparation requirements necessary to provide the foundation capacity, etc.
Ruling: The case was presented to the full Board based upon a Settlement Stipulation. The Board imposed Costs of $7,853.40 and $9,135 within 60 days of the date of the Final Order, Appearance before the Board, a Reprimand, RESTRICTION from creating, producing, or certifying any engineering documents related to sinkhole investigation or remediation or any other form of geotechnical engineering until such time as Respondent takes and passes the NCEES Civil: Geotechnical Examination, a Board-approved course in Basic Engineering Professionalism and Ethics, the Board’s Study Guide, and subsequent to taking and passing the NCEES Civil: Geotechnical Examination, shall have Project Review of all Geotechnical Engineering projects at six and eighteen months from the date on which Licensee takes and passes the examination, and Project Reviews at six and eighteen months for Structural and Electrical/Mechanical Engineering projects. A Final Order was issued on February 15, 2016.
Violation: Section 471.033(1)(g), Florida Statutes, and Rule 61G15-19.001(4), Florida Administrative Code