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Florida State Board of Engineers Rules, Laws (2019-2021)


Quiz Questions

1.Mr. John Doe has recently opened a consulting company name Fracking Engineering in Anywhere Florida. His company specializes in Fracking and Natural gas industry. Mr. John Doe has given himself the title of President and Chief Operating Engineer of Fracking Engineering. Mr. Doe previously worked at Any Oil & Gas company for over 25 years where he held positions as field engineer, design engineer, test engineer, engineering manager and vice president of engineering department. He previously worked in Texas and Louisiana before recently moving to Florida for retirement and starting a small consulting engineering company. Mr. Doe is not a registered professional engineer in any State and has always worked as an engineer in large companies. Mr. Doe has already acquired government land in the mid sections of Florida and invested 5 million Dollars of his own money and lenders in his company..

Mr. Doe can:

Call himself "engineer" because he has worked in the industry as an engineer for the past 20 years.
Not call himself engineer, because he is not a registered professional engineer.
2. At the moment the business is losing money on daily basis. Mr. Doe’s best options is:
Close the business and file bankruptcy.
Start studying for his EIT exam.
Hire a Florida Professional Engineer, preferably with an Environmental Engineering background.
3.In case he decides to hire a PE engineer and move on with the new business, his first priority should be:
To make enough money to pay his monthly payment to his bank and his investors.
Start building up new clients to sell his natural gas and keep the company afloat.
Establish the correct company guidelines and drilling procedures and operation to assure the health, safety and welfare of the citizens at his drilling sites and surroundings, complying with all EPA rules and regulations.
4.Company XYZ produces shop drawings and working drawings for installations. These drawings are prepared by contractors for installation means and methods.

These drawings need:

To be signed, dated and sealed by a Florida Professional engineer.
Do not require the signature, date or seal of a professional engineer when they are simply used to depict installation means and methods, provide catalog information on standard products or are prepared based on engineering direction contained within Engineering Documents. (rule 61G15-30.002 (8))
5.In the above case if, by terms of a contract, or by regulatory direction, it is required to or takes professional responsibility for the issuance of shop drawings and working drawings that represent Engineering Documents or Delegated Engineering Documents which are prepared and/or filed for public record then the documents would be required by rule to be signed and sealed by a professional engineer.
True
False
6.In the above case can an owner require shop drawings and working drawings to be signed, sealed and dated by a professional engineer?
Yes
No
7. Company ABC produce prefabricated wood trusses. The Human resources would like to know what would be the roles of Engineer of Rerecord ( EOR), versus Delegated Engineer, Specialty Engineer or in this case Truss Design Engineer.

The Engineer of Record (EOR); The process begins when the Engineer of Record (EOR) [61G15-30.002(1)] designs and issues Structural Engineering Documents [61G15-31.002(5)] that also serve as Engineering Documents Prepared for Public Record (Permit Plans) [61G15- 30.002(7)]. These Permit Plans while required to depict among other things the location, orientation, shape, layout, support and structural connections of the prefabricated wood trusses [61G15-30.003], do not always depict the design of the trusses themselves. Therefore, when the EOR indicates within the Permit Plans that the prefabricated wood trusses are to be “designed by others”, the EOR is choosing to delegate their design to a Delegated Engineer [61G15-30.002(3)]. Obligations of the Engineer of Record requires the EOR among other things to communicate in writing all of the engineering requirements to the Delegated Engineer.

True
False
8.This truss layout plan is then relied upon by the Truss Design Engineer 61G15-31.003(3)(c) who by way of delegation serves as a Specialty Engineer [61G15-31.002(8)] and EOR for the prefabricated wood trusses depicted within the truss layout plan.
True
False
9.The Permit Plans are then typically turned over to a prefabricated wood truss manufacturer. At this point a truss layout plan is developed based on the written engineering requirements within the Permit Plans. Provided the truss layout plan matches what is shown in the Permit Plans this truss layout plan can be considered a Structural Submittal [61G15-31.002(6)].
The Structural Submittals do require, the signature, date and stamp of a professional engineer
The Structural Submittals do not require, the signature, date and stamp of a professional engineer
10."Responsible Charge" shall mean
Whoever is responsible for handling the task or the project
A Florida professional engineer who is in responsible charge for the preparation, signing, dating, sealing and issuing of any engineering document(s) for any engineering service or creative work. He /She is Engineer of Record 61G15-30.002 (1)
11.Which one of the following is minimum qualifying criteria for special Inspectors of Threshold Buildings.
Proof of current licensure in good standing as a licensed professional engineer in the State of Florida whose principal practice is structural engineering or whose principal practice is in performing structural field inspections on Threshold Buildings.
Licensed professional engineers whose principal practice is structural engineering shall also have three (3) years of experience in performing structural field inspections on Threshold Buildings or equivalent pursuant to a threshold/special inspection plan relevant to the work performed and two (2) years of experience in the structural design of threshold buildings. For the purpose of these criteria, structural design shall mean the design of all structural components of the building and shall not be limited to specific structural components only, such as foundations, prestressed or post-tensioned concrete, etc.
Licensed professional engineers whose principal practice is structural field inspections shall have five (5) years of experience in performing structural field inspections on Threshold Buildings or requivalent pursuant to a threshold/special inspection plan relevant to the work performed and possess each of the certifications identified in paragraph 61G15-35.004(2)(f), F.A.C., at the time of application.
All of the above
12.61G15-35.004-Common Requirements to All Engineers Providing Threshold Building Inspection Services as Special Inspectors For each threshold building, a notice shall be filed for public record, bearing the name, address, signature, date and seal of the special inspector, certifying that the special inspector is competent to provide the engineering services for the specific type of structure.
True
False
13.A conflict of interest arises in any situation in which :
Your counterpart is not agreeing to your terms and conditions.
An individual uses his or her contacts or position in his or her employment to advance his or her private business, financial interests, or that of family and friends, whether or not at the expense of the Employer.
14.Any professional must also guard against improper disclosure of competitive business strategies and plans, special methods of operation, and other information that is of competitive value to the Employer, competitors, clients, or its suppliers.
True
False
15.The environmental laws only apply to environmental agencies and they should be the one to worry about it or enforcing it. Other professionals should not worry about handling or disposing it.
True
False
16. (1) Engineering plans, specifications, reports or other documents which must be signed, dated and sealed in accordance with the provisions of section 471.025, F.S., and rule 61G15-23.001, F.A.C., ________ signed digitally as provided herein by the professional engineer in responsible charge. As used herein, the terms “certification authority,” and “digital signature” shall have the meanings ascribed to them in sections 668.003(2) and (3), F.S.
May be
May not be
17.A professional engineer utilizing a digital signature to electronically sign and seal engineering plans, specifications, reports or other documents shall have their identity authenticated by a certification authority and shall assure that the digital signature is:
Unique to the person using it;
Capable of verification;
Under the sole control of the person using it; and,
Linked to a document in such a manner that the digital signature and correspondingly the document is invalidated if any data in the document is changed.
All of the above
18.When affixing a digital signature to engineering plans, specifications, reports or other documents as provided herein shall constitute the signing and sealing of such items.

  1. A digitally created seal as set forth in rule 61G15-23.002, F.A.C., may be placed where it would appear if the item were being physically signed, dated and sealed.
  2. The date that the digital signature was placed into the document must appear on the document in accordance with subsection 61G15-23.001(4), F.A.C., and where it would appear if the item were being physically signed, dated and sealed.
  3. The engineering plans, specifications, reports or other documents being digitally signed and sealed shall include text to indicate the following and place it where an original signature would appear if the item were being physically signed, dated and sealed:
    1. The same information required by subsection 61G15-23.002(2), F.A.C., if a digitally created image of the seal is not use;
    2. The item has been digitally signed and sealed; and,
    3. Printed copies of this document are not considered signed and sealed and all signatures must be verified on any electronic copies.
  4. Formatting of seals and text similar to that depicted below shall be used. While the formatting may be altered, the text must remain identical.
    1. When a digitally created seal is used:
      Florida State Board of Engineers Rules, Laws 2019-2021
    2. When a digitally created seal is not used:
      Florida State Board of Engineers Rules, Laws (2019-2021)
  5. When engineering plans, specifications, reports or other documents contain multiple sheets or pages, the licensee may apply a single digital signature per electronically transmitted item as set out in rule 61G15-23.001, F.A.C. A digital signature applied to an item in electronic form shall have the same force and effect as signing all of the individual sheets or pages contained within that item unless otherwise limited as specified in subsection 61G15-30.003(3), F.A.C.
  6. In the case where multiple licensees sign and seal a single item, each licensee shall apply their digital signature and include qualifying language with those items required in paragraph (e) of this rule, thoroughly describing what portions the licensee is taking responsibility for.
True
False
19.(1) A successor professional engineer seeking to reuse already sealed plans, prints, engineering specifications, and/or engineering calculations used for permitted works under the successor professional engineer’s seal must be able to document and produce upon request evidence that he has in fact recreated all the work done by the original professional engineer. In other words, calculations, site visits, research and the like must be documented and producible upon demand. Further, the successor professional engineer must take all professional and legal responsibility for the plans, prints, engineering specifications, and/or engineering calculations used for permitted works which he sealed and signed and can in no way exempt himself from such full responsibility. Plans, prints, engineering specifications, and/or engineering calculations used for permitted works need not be redrawn by the successor professional engineer; however, justification for such action must be available through well kept and complete documentation on the part of the successor professional engineer as to his having rethought and reworked the entire design process. A successor professional engineer must use his own title block, seal and signature and must remove the title block, seal and signature of the original professional engineer before reusing any sealed, prints, engineering specifications, and/or engineering calculations used for permitted works. (2) Prior to sealing and signing work.
True
False
20.Prior to sealing and signing work a successor professional engineer ________ required to notify the original professional engineer, his successors, or assigns of the successor’s intention to use or reuse the original professional engineer’s work. Notification shall be by certified letter or other verifiable communication to the last known physical or electronic address of the original professional engineer.
Shall be
Shall not be