Carlton Forbes, PE, was charged with violating Section 471.033(1)(g), Florida Statutes; negligence in the practice of engineering. Mr. Forbes acted as Structural, Electrical and Mechanical Engineer of Record on projects. The Electrical and Mechanical design drawings contained material deficiencies. The deficiencies include, but are not limited to, the drawing contains an electrical riser diagram but no short circuit values and no voltage drop calculations for the feeders and customer-owner service conductors, there are incorrect specification of current interrupting capacity, no surge protection devices are shown on the drawings, the electrical drawing does not state specific codes, rules, or ordinances to which the electrical system must comply, the lighting design drawings contain no calculated values to demonstrate compliance as required, the HVAC drawing does not contain adequate information for the authority having jurisdiction to determine compliance with codes and ordinances, the drawing does not contain equipment capacities including static pressure, cooling coil requirements, no duct is shown for outside air intake, condensate discharge piping layout is not shown on the drawings, no plumbing equipment schedule is included, the pluming drawings does not contain a potable water isometric diagram, total water fixture units are not shown on the drawing, no storm water riser diagram and area drainage calculations, etc.
Ruling: The case was presented to the full Board based upon a Settlement Stipulation. The Board imposed an Administrative Fine of $2,000, Appearance before the Board, a Reprimand, a Board-approved course in Intermediate Engineering Professionalism and Ethics, the Board’s Study Guide, and two years’ Probation with terms. Terms include, a restriction from practicing any electrical and mechanical engineering until such time that he completes, passes and submits proof of passing the NCEES eight-hour Electrical Power examination and the NCEES eight-hour Mechanical HVAC examination. Subsequent to taking and passing the NCEES Electrical and Mechanical Examinations, project review at six and 18 months. Final Order was issued on April 20, 2020.
Violation: Section 471.033(1)(g), Florida Statutes