WSR 14-06-101
[Filed March 5, 2014, 8:52 a.m.]
Original Notice.
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 13-20-012.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Chapter 196-29 WAC, Professional practices, proposal of rule regarding engineering measurements.
Hearing Location(s): Davenport Hotel, Cutter Room, 10 South Post Street, Spokane, WA 99201, on April 10, 2014, at 6:00 p.m.; at the Radisson Hotel, Boardroom 2, 18118 International Boulevard, Seattle, WA 98188, on April 16, 2014, at 6:00 p.m.; at the Holiday Inn, Boardroom, 8606 36th Avenue N.E., Marysville, WA 98270, on April 22, 2014, at 6:00 p.m.; at the Red Lion, Birch Room, 510 South Kelso Drive, Kelso, WA 98626, on April 24, 2014, at 6:00 p.m.; and at the Hilton Garden Inn, Boardroom, 401 East Yakima Avenue, Yakima, WA 98901, on April 29, 2014, at 6:00 p.m.
Date of Intended Adoption: May 6, 2014.
Submit Written Comments to: George A. Twiss, PLS, Executive Director, Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, P.O. Box 9025, Olympia, WA 98507-9025, e-mail, fax (360) 664-2551, by April 8, 2014.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Cassandra Fewell, executive assistant, by April 8, 2014, TTY (360) 664-0116 or (360) 664-1564.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: Historically the scope of engineering practice was interpreted by the board to include some minor amounts of land surveying provided the surveying work was for the engineer's professional use. To clarify this, in 2007, the board adopted a policy statement pertaining to when and under what circumstances a professional engineer could engage in practice that might be seen as within the scope of land surveying.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: The board believes that the content of the 2007 policy should now be adopted as an amendment to Title 196 WAC.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.43.035.
Statute Being Implemented: Chapter 18.43 RCW.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: Board of registration for professional engineers and land surveyors, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: George Twiss, 405 Black Lake Boulevard, Olympia, WA 98502, (360) 664-1565.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. There is no fiscal impact to licensees.
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. There is no fiscal impact to licensees.
March 5, 2014
Damon Monroe
Rules Coordinator
WAC 196-29-205 What topographic measurements may a professional engineer perform?
The practice of engineering, as provided in chapter 18.43.020 (5)(a), includes knowledge of the mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences for the consultation, investigation, evaluation, planning, design, and supervision of construction for the purpose of assuring compliance with specifications and design. Within this definition is the expectation for an engineer to obtain all necessary site information to satisfy design requirements. When the site information requires the collection of topographic measurements the engineer may perform incidental surveying for the collection and mapping of those measurements when the work is:
(1) Limited to the survey of land areas for the purpose of determining the topography thereof, the making of topographical delineations and the preparing of maps; and
(2) Performed by the engineer for his or her exclusive use toward the development of the engineered design; and
(3) Performed in a manner that is consistent with the topography's intended purpose and accepted standards of practice; and
(4) Performed in a manner that demonstrates the engineer is competent and conversant in the techniques to correctly develop and map topographic information; and
(5) Is signed and sealed by the engineer in accordance with the requirements of chapter 196-23 WAC, Stamping and seals.