Licensee was charged with violating Section 471.033(1)(g), Florida Statutes – negligence in the practice of engineering. Licensee signed, sealed and dated drawings for a swimming pool and column replacement for an existing residence. The drawings contained deficiencies. The deficiencies include, but are not limited to: Licensee used an incorrect allowable stress design, the drawings provide for windward and leeward wind pressures that are at least 2-3 times less than the minimum pressures allowed, incorrectly specified the use of ASCE 7-05, the structure is overstressed by at least 20%. Additionally, Licensee provided a signed, sealed and dated Certification letter certifying that the construction was in compliance with the Florida Building Code. Upon inspection by the Building Department, the Certification was deficient. The deficiencies include, but are not limited to: the drawings indicate a 2’ X 2’ footing under the new column – there was no evidence the footings were installed; the drawings indicate four columns, but only three were installed, the drawings indicate a HETA 20 connector must be installed at the top of the new column to connect the new column to the existing wood header, but the connector was not installed, etc.
Ruling: The case was presented to the full Board upon a Settlement Stipulation. The Board imposed an Administrative Fine of $1,000.00, Costs of $2,338.40, a Reprimand, and Probation for two (2) years, with terms. The terms include a Board-approved course in Basic Engineering Professionalism and Ethics, the Board’s Study Guide and Appearance. Final Order was issued on 2/9/17.
Violation: Section 471.033(1)(g), Florida Statutes