David Dexter

Legally, How Do the Responsibilities of Engineers and Designers Differ?

December 1, 2022

The vertical building market includes many different professionals—architects, engineers, designers, contractors, building officials, etc.—and we all have a place within the market. We also have some common interests: protecting the […]


Plumbing Talking Points: What Is Foundation Drainage and Who Is Responsible for It?

September 13, 2022

Recently, several discussions on ASPE Connect’s Open Forum have explored foundation drainage: Storm Drainage Connecting to Foundation Drainage, Renovating Old Foundation Drain Pipes, and Foundation drain pipe – Plumbing responsible? […]


What Is the Plumber’s Ultimate Responsibility in Installing Plumbing Systems?

August 5, 2022

Recently, the senior plumbing estimator for a local construction manager asked me what I thought was the plumber’s ultimate responsibility. The question was asked to help in the development of […]


How Will the Development of a New PE Exam Specification Impact the CPD Program?

May 12, 2022

A recent discussion on the ASPE Connect Open Forum regarded professional registration and the potential development of a PE exam within the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying […]


What Are the Limits and Restrictions on a Code Administrator’s Authority?

March 8, 2022

Recently, I have heard comments such as: “The inspector didn’t catch it until after the piping was installed and concrete floors were poured. It cost the company $500,000 to revise […]


Why Nationally Recognized Standards Are Important in the Vertical Build Market

February 4, 2022

In our profession, standards are referenced and employed as a basis of design in specifying materials and, to a certain extent, the means and methods of installation. However, not everyone […]


What Are an Engineer’s Obligations When Freedoms Intersect?

January 7, 2022

Anyone who accepts a freedom, license, registration, or any privilege must also accept the duties and responsibilities that go with such considerations. Nothing comes for free, and the payment can […]


Coordination Is Key to Helping Make the Right Design Choices for the Owner

August 23, 2021

Design is the process of taking an action to meet specific requirements in our effort to provide a complete system. Regardless of the size of any given project, it consists […]


How to Apply Value Engineering to Benefit the Owner and the Project

July 20, 2021

This month, I thought we might discuss the topic of value engineering from an engineer’s perspective. It’s a term that gets much use and abuse in the vertical build market. […]


Are Today’s Construction Managers Really Looking Out for the Owner’s Best Interests?

June 18, 2021

The management of a project is one of the many items for which the Engineer of Record (EOR) is responsible as part of any project. This got me thinking about […]

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