Definition : Engineer

A professional, member of the Order of Engineers of Québec, whose mission is to develop plans, give opinions, prepare reports, computations, surveys, drawings, plans and specifications, design briefs, and to inspect or carry out the surveillance of the work related to foundations,  structure or electrical and mechanical systems of buildings.

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Cracks already!

I am the co-owner of a new condo. Other owners and I have recently discovered cracks in the foundation of the building, as well as water infiltration in the garage. The promoter is mute, and we have not yet transferred the administration. Question: Should we refuse to elect our first…...

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