Our industry needs third party regulation for new and innovative structural engineering products that are developed in between building code cycles. In this paper, which was originally presented at the 2011 SEAOC Convention, Mark Moore, Executive Principal and others suggest that we can expedite inclusion of new technology into the market place with independent third party reviews, product testing and performance criteria that ascertain whether the product meets the design intent of building codes. An Evaluation Report provided by a third party is essentially an opinion about the product, its application limits and inspection requirements; these documents assist the construction industry with the correct implementation of new technologies in a timely manner. The procedural and technical issues with the process are presented in this paper, which also serve as a roadmap for the SEAOC Evaluation Report Committee.
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