As a result, the FBPE has begun to issue for initial offenders.
This article is aimed at helping licensees avoid violating the rules by highlighting a few key points on how to properly sign, date, and seal engineering documents.
As for signing and sealing, electronically transmitted documents are considered to be signed and sealed by virtue of the fact that the licensee has electronically marked the document, thereby indicating that the document has been corrupted in the event any changes are made after that point.
Electronically transmitted documents can be signed and sealed by one of two methods: digital signing and sealing; or electronic signing and sealing.
For all of the requirements, please visit the page on the FBPE website.
Digital Signing and Sealing Examples (acceptable): Within the document, if a digitally created seal is not used, the required text is to appear where the signature would normally appear.
The signature and seal however vary according to whether the document is physically or electronically transmitted.
Both physically and electronically transmitted documents require that the date the signature and the seal are affixed be placed immediately adjacent to the signature.
Then from the end of 2015 through to the end of 2017, based on input from licensees, these changes were refined and can be found on the page on the FBPE website.As for creating the seal, physically transmitted documents are allowed to be embossed, sealed using a wet stamp, or contain a digitally created seal (as part of the border).In each of these cases the seal is to partially overlap the licensee’s signature such that the signature is not made illegible.More importantly, electronically transmitted documents are to contain a statement clearly indicating that the document has been electronically signed and sealed, and that printed copies of the document are not considered signed and sealed.This is required so that the recipient of a printed copy of an electronically transmitted document will know that the printed copy is not an original signed and sealed copy.It is not however required to be placed beneath the seal.The date that the signature and seal is affixed as provided herein shall be entered on said plans, prints, specification, reports or other documents immediately adjacent to the signature of the professional engineer.Confusion also comes into play with the term In a number of other cases, licensees have failed to sign, date, and seal documents because the document was not intended to be filed for public record.Again, licensees are required to sign, date, and seal all documents required by rule, which include far more than those simply intended to be filed for public record.Electronic Signing and Sealing Examples (acceptable): Within the documents themselves, if a digitally created seal is not used, the required text is to appear where the signature would normally appear.For more information on proper signing and sealing please view the free William C.