Licensee was charged with violating Section 471.033(1)(g), Florida Statutes; negligence in the practice of engineering. Licensee signed, sealed, and dated final engineering design documents for seven pool screen enclosures. The design documents contained material deficiencies. The deficiencies include, but are not limited to: the design documents are not site-specific, the size, location, and loading capacity of the members and connections are not detailed or defined, they fail to provide the size of perimeter header bracing beams at the end wall, failed to label or define the configuration of the end wall chair rail beams, the lateral stability of the screen is not adequately defined, the size and configuration of beam member node connections is not shown, the external gusset plate detail is shown on one side of the beam to beam connection only, the general design of the attachment of the SMB columns to the concrete is not adequately developed or detailed, etc.
Ruling: The case was presented to the full Board upon a Settlement Stipulation. The Board imposed a Reprimand, costs of $4,770.55, an administrative fine of $3,500.00, appearance before the Board, probation with terms. The terms include completion of a Board-approved course in advanced engineering professionalism and ethics, project review at six and 18 months, and completion of the Board’s Study Guide. Final Order was issued on April 19, 2018.
Violation: Section 471.033(1)(g), Florida Statutes