Chair’s Corner: Looking Back on Renewal

Whew! Licensure and Certificates of Authorization renewals are complete! In total, 31,722 licenses and 4,564 Certificates of Authorization were renewed.  Online license renewal opened on Nov. 7 and closed on Feb. 28. More than a third of the total renewals occurred within the final week of the deadline and approximately twice as many as were received in the first two months of the renewal period!

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Noteworthy News: CE Renewal and Audit

CE Provider Renewal: As most CE providers already know, renewal for Continuing Education (CE) providers will officially conclude on May 31, 2017. As of April 10, 2017, we have renewed over 96 CE providers.

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Noteworthy News: FBPE’s Engineering Directories and the Accessibility of Public Information

PUBLIC RECORDS DISCLAIMER: Article I, Section 24 of the Florida Constitution establishes a constitutional right of access to public records made or received in connection with official business, except for records for which a specific exemption exists. Section 119.07, Florida Statutes, effectuates this constitutional right, and ensures that state government is open and transparent, and that the public has access to non-exempt official records and information in its possession. At the same time, both state and federal laws provide exceptions that serve various needs, including the privacy of individuals.

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Building a Solid Foundation: Why Being an Ethical Engineer Matters

While I am not an engineer, I have heard it said that laying the foundation for a building takes up a vast majority of the project time and budget. There is good reason for this: A strong foundation is the key to a sturdy, well-built building. A good engineer knows they have one chance to lay a foundation properly. A great engineer understands that the results of laying an improper foundation can be disastrous, putting the whole project, as well as the public, at risk.

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FEMA Flood Maps and Elevation Certificate Updates

For those who deal with buildings in Special Flood Hazard Areas (A, coastal A and V zones), you should know that FEMA continues to release updated maps and has just released its newly revised Elevation Certificate (FEMA form 086-0-33).

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FBPE Committee Updates: CEU Rules Revision Sub-Committee Update No. 1

Throughout the process of reviewing the current Continuing Education Units rule for possible revisions, an update will be provided in the FBPE Quarterly Newsletter to inform all Florida licensed engineers of any possible rule revision. It is the intent of the CEU Rules Revision sub-committee to send a recommendation to the Rules Committee and then to the full FBPE membership sometime this summer.

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Legal Department: Latest Engineer Discipline

Pursuant to Rule 61G15-37.001(11), F.A.C., the Florida Engineers Management Corporation is required to post all Final Orders involving active disciplinary cases to the website until the terms of the final order are completed, or until the licensee becomes inactive, retires, relinquishes the license or permits the license to become null and void. …

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FBPE Department News: Improved and Streamlined FBPE Applications

IMPROVED AND STREAMLINED FBPE APPLICATIONS FBPE is pleased to announce that a number of applications have been revised and are now fillable, PDF applications. The affected applications are: • Initial Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Examination • Endorsement of Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) • Initial Principles and Practice (PE) of Engineering Examination • Endorsement of Licensure

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Special Recognition: Congratulations, Examinees!

FBPE applauds all of the candidates that successfully passed the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam. We wish them much success as they move towards the next step in their engineering careers! NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam Passers (Exam Period January 1, 2017 – March 30, 2017)…

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Latest News From NCEES: Joint Zone Meeting 2017

The NCEES Southern Zone interim meeting will be held from April 27-29, 2017 in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. This year’s meeting will be a jointly hosted by the Virgin Islands Board for Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors and the Delaware Association of Professional Engineers in St. Thomas. …

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