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The Hidden Cost of "Copy & Paste" Engineering

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There are many commonalities in design that can be efficiently copied from one project to another to save time and improve output, but we invite trouble into our projects when copying and pasting takes the place of appropriately thorough, intentional design. This webinar will review several shortcomings of structural contract documents repeatedly observed over the course of the author's years doing delegated design for steel fabricators. A common factor behind each of them was "copy and paste engineering," the unexamined reuse of items from previous documents in new drawings or specifications where they introduce errors, contradictions, or simply ambiguity. Seeing how these lapses affect those downstream can help viewers to improve their own office design practices.

  • Course will award 1.5 hours of continuing education
  • This course is Diamond Review approved in 49 states. New York does not accept hours from recordings.


  • Jason McCool, P.E.

    Jason McCool is a licensed professional engineer in 20 states and an NCSEA representative on the STRUCTURE Magazine Editorial Board. After working in the steel joist and PEMB industries for 10 years, he’s spent the last 12 years with Robbins Engineering Consultants in Little Rock, AR. Delegated design for steel fabricators and in-house design work on steel, mass timber, and high-seismic projects have been his primary responsibilities at REC.

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April 20, 2023
Thu 12:00 PM CDT

Duration 1H 30M

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