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Here is an example of why the structural engineer is obligated to review the soils reports. The code requires a minimum clearance of 7 feet for a standard garage.
On expansive soils, there is a need for incorporation of potential movement, or at least a reasonable expectation of maintainable structures for serviceability and performance.
The design team, including the owner and contractor, must thoroughly understand the issues associated with the risks on the site they are building.
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