Licensee was charged with violating Section 471.033(1)(g), Florida Statutes – negligence in the practice of engineering. Licensee acted as the Structural, Electrical and Mechanical Engineer of Record for a renovation and addition to an existing residence. Licensee signed, sealed and dated drawings which contained deficiencies. The deficiencies include, but are not limited to: (Electrical) the drawings contain an electrical riser diagram, but no short circuit values and no voltage drop calculations for the feeders, no surge protective devices, the load computations on the panel schedules are replete with errors, the spacing of receptacles in the bedrooms is inadequate, there are no lighting fixture performance specifications, the lighting design drawings contain no calculated values to demonstrate compliance with the Florida Energy Code, etc.; (Mechanical-HVAC) the drawing does not contain adequate information for the reviewing agency to determine compliance with codes and ordinances, air condition equipment schedules are not shown for the new air handling unit and condensing unit, condensate discharge piping is not shown on the drawing, the drawing does not contain all data require to complete the Florida Energy Code calculations, etc.; (Mechanical-Plumbing) there is no equipment schedule to specify all plumbing fixtures, potable water isometric diagrams are shown but total water fixture units are not shown, a sanitary waste isometric diagram is shown, however, total flow waste fixture units are not shown, no storm water riser diagrams are shown, etc.; (Structural) the alteration levels are incorrect as specified, no sizes of egress on the windows were included, the spiral stairs were not designed correctly, no calculations were submitted for the railing design, the plans do not show the correct elevations, 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 $4,566.67, and Probation for two (2) years, with terms. The terms include a Board-approved course in Advanced Engineering Professionalism and Ethics, the Board’s Study Guide, project review at six and eighteen months to include all projects and must include electrical, mechanical, plumbing, HVAC and structural engineering projects, and Appearance. Final Order was issued on 2/9/17.
Violation: Section 471.033(1)(g), Florida Statutes