Engineers have a responsibility to authenticate engineering documents that they prepare or that have been prepared under their supervision. Authentication is an important step because it attests to the authenticity and integrity of a document. It is the final professional act that the engineer affixes to document.
Although paper-based engineering documents are still present, the use of electronic documents is becoming more widespread. Engineers can prepare a document in any of these different formats, depending on their needs. The engineer who produces an engineering document is responsible for its content, regardless of the format (paper or electronic).
From a legal point of view, the digital signature authentication method has the same value as the handwritten signature with the ink seal. In the end, handwritten or digital signature, the result is the same for you.
Yes. Engineering documents must be authenticated by the engineer who prepared them or supervised their preparation. Only preliminary documents, such as those submitted for comment, discussion or coordination, do not need to be authenticated. If in doubt, ask your engineer or contact us.