Engineering vs. Design

David R. Olson, PE I was recently asked to consider the difference between “Engineering” and “Design”. The following represents my thoughts about this important distinction. State of Colorado Definitions of Engineering The licensing requirements for professional engineers are defined by statute in each State. In Colorado, Statute 12-25-114 defines the minimum requirements for registration asContinue reading “Engineering vs. Design”

Horizontal Offsets

David Olson, PE I did my first building code plan review in 1991, a grocery store in Brighton, Colorado. I worked as a sub-consultant to an architect who had a good relationship with the local building official. I took on the project with a little anxiety, never anticipating that 24 years later I would stillContinue reading “Horizontal Offsets”

Outside the Snow Falls

Outside, the snow has started to fall. It’s the kind that has big fluffy flakes, spiraling down to the ground. Good for snowmen and playful snowballs thrown from neighborhood forts. It gets dark early these days. For now though, it’s peaceful and quiet. Looking up at the newly lighted streetlights is hypnotizing. Thousands or millionsContinue reading “Outside the Snow Falls”


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