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Rule 180-6-.01 General

(1) In order to safeguard the life, health, property and welfare of the public and to establish and maintain a high standard of integrity, skills, and practice in the professions of engineering and land surveying, the following Rules of Professional Conduct are promulgated in accordance with O.C.G.A. 43-15-6(1). The following rules shall be binding upon every individual who possesses a certificate or a certificate of registration issued by the Board and upon every firm, professional corporation, association, governmental agency, partnership, corporation or other legal or commercial entity offering engineering or land surveying services to the public and to all personnel of such firm, corporation, partnership, association, or entity who act in its behalf in the practice of engineering or land surveying in this state.
(2) The Rules of Professional Conduct as promulgated herein are an exercise of the police power vested in the Georgia Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors by virtue of the acts of the legislature. By that investment, the said Board is authorized to establish conduct, policy, and practices in accordance with the powers hereinabove stated.
(3) All persons registered under O.C.G.A. Chapter 15, Title 43, are charged with having knowledge of the existence of these Rules of Professional Conduct and shall be deemed to be familiar with their several provisions and to understand them. Such knowledge shall encompass the understanding that the practice of engineering or land surveying is a privilege as opposed to a right. The registrant shall be forthright and candid in his/her statements or written response to the Board or its representatives on matters pertaining to professional conduct.

Rule 180-6-.02 Protection of the Public

The engineer or land surveyor shall at all times practice in such a manner as to protect the safety, health and welfare of the public. If a registrant's engineering or land surveying judgment is overulled under circumstances where the safety, health or welfare of the public are endangered, he/she shall inform the proper authorities and his/her employer of the situation as may be appropriate.

Rule 180-6-.03 Rules of Practice

(1) The engineer or land surveyor shall perform services only in areas of his/her competence. The engineer or land surveyor shall undertake to perform engineering or land surveying assignments only when qualified by education or experience in the specific technical field of professional engineering or land surveying involved.
(2) The engineer or land surveyor may accept an assignment requiring education or experience outside of his/her own field of competence, but only to the extent that his/her services are restricted to those phases of the project in which he/she is qualified. All other phases of such project shall be performed by qualified associates, consultants or employees who shall sign, seal, and be responsible for such other phases or technical segments of the project.
(3) The professional engineer who develops the design criteria and engineering concept for a project, provides analysis, and is responsible for the preparation of the construction documents shall be responsible for the design of the project within his/her contractual area of engineering services and shall be known as the engineer of record.
(4) In the event that a professional engineer who is not the engineer of record is used for specific portions of the work, that individual shall be a registered engineer in the State of Georgia and shall seal, sign, and date his/her own reports, calculations, and drawings. He/she shall coordinate his/her work with the engineer of record and shall be responsible to the engineer of record for that specific portion of the project design. He/she shall be known as the specialty engineer.
(5) The engineer or land surveyor shall not affix his/her signature and/or seal to any engineering or land surveying plan, document, or plat unless such plan, document, or plat is prepared by the registrant or an individual in the employ of the registrant. All plans, documents, and plats prepared by non-registrants must be prepared under the direct supervisory control of the registrant on a daily basis.
(6) "Direct supervisory control" shall require the registrant to have daily interaction with and provide guidance and direction to any non-registrant employee or non-registrant contract employee in the preparation of engineering or land surveying plans, documents or plats, in each phase of the preparation of the calculations, drawings, specifications, reports, surveys and all other documents completed by the non-registrant. Direct supervisory control may be typically established at a location (address) where both the registrant and the non-registrant employee (whether full time or part time or contract) are employed and there is a direct connection between the registrant and the non-registrant employee. If the registrant and the non-registrant employee are not located at the same location, then the registrant shall be able to demonstrate how direct supervisory control is maintained over the non-registrant and how the registrant and the employee maintain a direct connection for the direct supervisory control of the engineering or surveying work as indicated above, upon an inquiry from the Board. Satisfactory proof of direct supervisory control from the registrant over the non-registrant employee includes, but is not limited to, written guidance or directions to the non-registrant employee; written records of ongoing communication during the project; and work product mark-ups by the registrant to the non-registrant. The Board shall determine if such direct supervisory control is being provided by the registrant is acceptable to the Board.
(7) In the event a question arises as to the competence of an engineer or land surveyor to perform an assignment, the Board may require him/her to submit to an appropriate examination, as determined by the Board. That action by the Board shall be required only if the question cannot be otherwise resolved to the Board's satisfaction.
(8) Renovation or the retrofitting of a building or structure is considered as the practice of engineering when the work involves the addition or reduction of weight or loading; analysis of structural systems or members; removal or addition of structural elements; analysis of drainage systems on or below the roof surface; changes to the drainage characteristics; or changes required for the building or structure to conform to current jurisdictional building codes. Nothing in this rule is intended to restrict the normal practice by registered architects. Nothing in this rule is intended to restrict the normal practice of roofing contractors insofar as repairing or the replacement of like kind of roofing systems so long as no additional weight is added.

Rule 180-6-.04 Statement and Testimony

(1) The engineer or land surveyor shall be completely objective and truthful in issuing public statements, reports or testimony. He/she shall include all relevant and pertinent information in those statements, reports or testimony.
(2) The engineer or land surveyor, when serving as an expert or technical witness before any court, commission, or other tribunal, shall express an opinion only when it is founded upon adequate knowledge of the facts at issue. That expression shall reflect a background of technical competence in the subject matter, and an honest conviction of the accuracy and propriety of his/her testimony.
(3) No engineer or land surveyor licensed under O.C.G.A. Chapter 15, Title 43, shall issue statements, criticisms, or arguments on engineering or land surveying matters connected with public policy which are inspired or paid for by an interested party or parties unless he/she has prefaced such comments by explicitly identifying the party on whose behalf he/she is speaking. The engineer or land surveyor must at the same time reveal the existence of any pecuniary interest he/she may have in the matters.

Rule 180-6-.05 Conflict of Interest

(1) The engineer or land surveyor shall avoid conflicts of interest. The engineer or land surveyor shall conscientiously avoid conflict of interest with his/her employer or client, but, when unavoidable, the engineer or land surveyor shall forthwith disclose the circumstances to his employer or client.
(2) The engineer or land surveyor shall avoid all known conflicts of interest with his/her employer or client and shall promptly inform his/her employer of any business association, interests, or circumstances which could influence his/her judgment or the quality of his/her services.
(3) The engineer or land surveyor shall not accept compensation, financial or otherwise, from more than one party for services on the same project or for services pertaining to the same project unless the circumstances are fully disclosed to and agreed to by all interested parties.
(4) The engineer or land surveyor shall not solicit or accept financial or other valuable considerations, directly or indirectly, from material or equipment suppliers, or their representatives, for specifying their products.
(5) The engineer or land surveyor shall not solicit or accept gratuities, directly or indirectly, from contractors, their agents, or other parties in connection with work for which he/she is responsible.
(6) The engineer or land surveyor in public service as a member, advisor, or employee of a governmental body or department shall not participate in considerations or actions with respect to matters involving him/her or his/her organization's private or public engineering or land surveying practices.
(7) The engineer or land surveyor shall not solicit or accept an engineering or land surveying contract from a governmental body on which a principal or officer of his/her organization serves as a member.

Rule 180-6-.06 Conduct

(1) The engineer or land surveyor shall solicit or accept professional employment only on the basis of his/her qualifications and competence for proper accomplishment of the work. No engineer or land surveyor may provide a fee proposal to a potential client until he/she (a) established or reviewed the scope of services for the project, (b) determined that, based on his/her review of the scope of services, that he/she is competent to provide the professional services required, and (c) made his/her qualifications known to the prospective client. On proposals including more than one engineer or land surveyor, each individual shall be responsible for complying with this rule for his/her respective portion of the proposal. The engineer or land surveyor shall not offer to pay, either directly or indirectly, any commission, political contribution, gift, or other consideration in order to secure work, exclusive of securing salaried positions through employment agencies.
(2) The engineer or land surveyor shall not falsify or permit misrepresentation of his/her or his/her associate's academic or professional qualifications. He/she shall not misrepresent or exaggerate his/her degree of responsibility for prior assignments in brochures or other presentations for the solicitation of employment. He/she shall not misrepresent pertinent facts concerning employers, employees, associates, joint ventures, or his/her or their past accomplishments with the intent and purpose of enhancing his/her qualifications or work.

Rule 180-6-.07 Ethics

(1) The engineer or land surveyor shall associate only with reputable persons or organizations. The engineer or land surveyor shall not knowingly associate with or permit the use of his/her name, or firm name, in a business venture by any person or firm which he/she knows, or has reason to believe, is engaging in business or professional practices of a fraudulent or dishonest nature.
(2) If the engineer or land surveyor has knowledge or reason to believe that another person or firm may be in violation of any of these provisions or of O.C.G.A. 43-15, he/she shall promptly present such information to the Board in writing and shall cooperate with the Board in furnishing such further information or assistance as may be required by the Board.

Rule 180-6-.08 Convictions

A violation of O.C.G.A. Chapter 15, Title 43, or of the rules of another jurisdiction, if for a cause which in the State of Georgia would constitute a violation of O.C.G.A. 43-15 or these rules, shall be grounds for a charge of violation of these rules.

Rule 180-6-.09 Certification

(1) The term "Certification" as used in Rule 180-6-.09(2) and (3) and relating to professional engineering or land surveying services, as defined in O.C.G.A. 43-15-2(6) and (11), shall mean a signed statement based upon facts and knowledge known to the registrant and is not a guarantee or warranty, either expressed or implied.
(2) When an engineer or land surveyor is presented with a certificate to be signed or sealed, he or she should carefully evaluate that certification to determine if the certification:
(a) relates to matters which are within the technical competence of the engineer or land surveyor;
(b) involves matters which are within the scope of services actually provided by the engineer or land surveyor or;
(c) relates to matters which were prepared under the supervision, direction and control of the engineer or land surveyor.
(3) Engineers or land surveyors who sign or seal certification not meeting criteria in subsection (2) are subject to discipline pursuant to O.C.G.A. 43-15-19(a)(5).