State of California  Business, Transportation and Housing Agency

M e m o r a n d u m

 To: ALL DISTRICT/REGIONAL DIRECTORS
Attention: Design Division Chiefs

Date: June 4, 1999

File:

 From: DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DESIGN AND LOCAL PROGRAMS
MAIL STATION 28
 
 Subject:  Design Senior Responsibilities

As Caltrans has moved further into matrix management, some ambiguity has arisen about the respective responsibilities of the Design Senior, the Project Engineer and the Project Manager. This letter is to address that confusion with particular regard to the Design Senior.

A Design Senior is the functional manager in the production of engineering products such as PSRs, Project Reports and Plans, Specifications and Estimates. Typical duties are as follows:

An essential duty of a Design Senior is to assure the quality of the engineering products turned out by the unit. Quality in design is not an intangible. It can be achieved through thoughtful adherence to Caltrans policies and procedures and willing participation with other disciplines, agencies and community representatives. A quality design is one that is delivered within the project's scope, schedule and cost and is biddable and buildable as submitted. It is one that meets the project's stated need and purpose, incorporates safety for the traveling public and Caltrans maintenance forces, has an acceptable environmental impact, and is compatible with the values of the communities in which it lies.

Design quality is achieved through appropriate direction to staff, regular checking of progress, direct reviews and circulation of engineering products for interdisciplinary reviews.

There is no trade off of quality against schedule, cost or scope. Caltrans, if it is to keep its job as the engineering organization that supplies California with its premier transportation services, will have to produce engineering products that meet schedule, cost and scope parameters and are of superior quality.


Original signed by:
ROBERT L. BUCKLEY
Program Manager
Design and Local Programs


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