I've been seven years in the chair, and the most thankless job I encounter on every project is - reviewing the site utility plan and picking it apart.
I've now made my own rule that I will only point the civil engineer's mistakes once, early in the project, and when it comes time to stack the riser, pressure test, etc, all I can say is "I pointed that out to you on Aug 11 2020 email."
Am I going about this the wrong way? SHould I even be investing energy into correcting the engineer with the stamp?
Recent example is a two story building with concrete tees. We're adding third and fourth floors from new structural members. The underground man took the site utility and started digging. Check valve was exposed above ground (supposed to be in pit) and the FDC was connected to the underground on the system side of the backflow preventer. Now he has to dig it up, cap the tee after the backflow preventer, and run it around and inside the building. The job requires a small pump (CL1 manual wet standpipe), and the underground man wasn't happy. All I was doing was point out wrong installations before it was too late.
I'm always left thinking, "this isn't even in my scope of work, but it affects everything downstream."
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