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1 A Partial Practice Act for Structural Engineering in Florida Proposed by the Florida Structural Engineers Association

2 History of Structures The Code of Hammurabi, written around 1762 BC, included three laws related to the strength of structures, including: “If a builder builds a house for a man and does not make its construction firm, and the house which he has built collapses and causes the death of the owner of the house, that builder shall be put to death.” Florida Structural Engineers Association

3 History of Separate Licensing In 1907, Wyoming enacted the first Professional Engineers Act in the United States. In 1915, Illinois established the first Structural Engineers Act:... compelled to keep “fools and rascals” from building unsafe structures. Currently 55 jurisdictions license engineers. 18 states currently have some form of separate licensing for structural engineers. Florida Structural Engineers Association

4 Why create a Practice Act for Structural Engineering? Florida Structural Engineers Association To protect the health, safety and welfare of our public.

5 Protect from what? Unqualified Professionals Inexperienced Professionals Professionals not familiar with current/new codes Costly Failures Florida Structural Engineers Association

6 Other Reasons Decrease in engineering education requirements Advanced design software used by less-qualified engineers Inadequate structural plan reviews Florida Structural Engineers Association

7 What states have separate licensing? Currently, 17 states and one territory have some form of SE licensing: Alaska ArizonaCaliforniaGuamHawaii Idaho IllinoisLouisianaMassachusetts NebraskaNevadaNew Mex.OklahomaOregon TexasUtahVermontWashington Requirements vary from state to state as to the amount and type of experience required beyond the normal PE licensing, and the examinations that must be passed to obtain licensure. Florida Structural Engineers Association

8 Which Project Types Require an SE? Type of structures vary from state to state. “All” structures (IL, HA) Structures based on height, area, occupancy category, span (if a bridge) and number of occupants (CA, NV, OR, UT, WA, Guam) Florida Structural Engineers Association

9 Roster Designation Title Designation Partial Practice Restriction Full Practice Restriction Title Designation Partial Practice Designation Types of Separate Licensing Florida Structural Engineers Association

10 What are other states doing? Full Practice Restriction: Hawaii, Illinois Partial Practice Restriction: California, Guam, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington Title Designation: Idaho, Nebraska Roster Designation: Alaska, Arizona, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Vermont Florida Structural Engineers Association

11 What are other states doing? States working on initiating SE Licensure: California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Minnesota, Nebraska, Texas Florida Structural Engineers Association

12 Structural Failures in Florida Berkman Plaza II Parking Garage, Jacksonville, FL: A.A. Pittman & Sons Concrete Co. had been pouring the top level of a six-story, post- tensioned concrete garage for about four hours when it collapsed at about 6 a.m. on December 6, 2007. Florida Structural Engineers Association

13 Structural Failures in Florida The Harbour Cay Condominium, Cocoa Beach, FL: A five-story flat-plate reinforced concrete building under construction, collapsed shortly after 3 pm on March 27, 1981, killing 11 workers and injuring another 23. Florida Structural Engineers Association

14 Structural Failures in Florida Turner Agri-Civic Center in Arcadia, FL: On August 12, 2004, a two-year-old, steel-frame building, designed for 140 mph winds, that was supposed to serve as a shelter for 1,400 people, was a twisted ruin that collapsed in estimated 100 to 110 mph winds. Florida Structural Engineers Association

15 Sea Base Boy Scout Camp, Islamorada, FL: On February 2, 1988 this 6,000 square foot dormitory addition collapsed during construction. No one was injured. Structural Failures in Florida Florida Structural Engineers Association

16 National Structural Failures Civic Center Coliseum, Hartford, CT: : January 18, 1978, six hours after a college basketball game ended, the roof collapsed after snow and ice had accumulated from a 10-day snow storm. Florida Structural Engineers Association

17 National Structural Failures Florida Structural Engineers Association Hyatt Regency Hotel, Kansas City, MO: On July 17, 1981, an interior suspended skywalk system collapsed, killing 114 people and injuring 216.

18 National Structural Failures Skyline Plaza, Bailey’s Crossroads, VA: On March 2, 1973, the center section of the 26-story building gave way, killing 14 people and injuring 34 others. Florida Structural Engineers Association

19 Will currently licensed professional engineers be affected? No, current professional engineers will not be affected at all. They will submit their application to the FBPE for review, together with an affidavit attesting to their competency and experience. A one-year transition period will allow professional engineers to apply for structural engineering licensure without having to take the new S.E. exam. Florida Structural Engineers Association

20 How will the Act be implemented? Beginning in January 1, 2014, PE’s licensed in Florida will have a 12-month transition period to make application to the FBPE to obtain an SE license. After January, 2015, licensing as a structural engineer in Florida will follow the requirements established by the Act and administered by the FBPE. Florida Structural Engineers Association

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