About the Author
Lawrence J. O'Connor, P.E., LS, F. NSPE, has more than 40 years of experience in New York as a civil engineer working in government, industry and consulting. His career has a broad scope, including roles in design, research, land and hydrographic surveying, infrastructure management, and nuclear power quality assurance. Since 2010, he has served the International Accreditation Service and has performed more than 440 on-site assessments for accreditation of Special Inspection Agencies, Inspection Bodies, Testing Laboratories, Building Departments, Product Certification Agencies, Calibration Laboratories and most recently Management System Certification Bodies. His work evaluating firms to global standards has been supplemented with nearly 150 unannounced surveillance visits to companies certified by IAS Certification Bodies in India, Turkey and Korea. He teaches seminars on the importance of Special Inspections and Chapter 17 of the International Building Code and ISO/IEC 17020.