Dispute Avoidance and Resolution for Consulting Engineers by Richard K. Allen

By Richard K. Allen

In his publication, "Dispute Avoidance and backbone for Consulting Engineers", Richard ok. Allen issues out that the majority of disputes concerning engineers come up from disasters to stick to the basics of excellent engineering and enterprise practices. for the reason that few disputes come from the misconception of misapplication of medical rules, Mr. Allen addresses the bigger framework of the perform of engineering by means of discussing the layout and development management companies supplied via consulting engineers. He makes a speciality of the basics of a consulting engineer's perform and how one can steer clear of and get to the bottom of disputes. on the way to do that, Mr. Allen explores such themes as: quality controls; provider functionality; dispute research; hostile dispute solution; negotiation; and substitute dispute answer. ultimately, Richard Allen reminds the reader that whereas the simplest dispute is the kept away from dispute, while a dispute is unavoidable, the engineer should still ponder real looking payment that makes a speciality of the company realities of the location.

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04 SITE VISITATION A. The Contractor shall visit the site and shall examine existing conditions which may affect his work under this contract. Figure 7. type provisions in the technical specifications. Do not use terms interchangeably. For instance, "sandy silt" and "silty sand" have completely different meanings and should be specifically defined and not used interchangably. " All of these suggestions go to the clarity and precision of the specifications. As previously noted, one of the basic doctrines of contract law is that ambiguous contract language is interpreted against the drafter who in this case, is the client-owner.

Scheduling. 9. Use of premises by Owner and Contractor. 10. Owner's requirements and occupancy. 11. Construction facilities and controls provided by Owner. 12. Construction facilities and controls provided by Contractor. 13. Temporary utilities provided by Owner. 14. Field engineering. 15. Security and housekeeping procedures. 16. Payments to Contractor. 17. Procedures for testing. 18. Procedures for maintaining record documents. 19. Requirements for startup of equipment. 20. Inspection and acceptance of equipment put into service during construction period.

Literature from manufacturers and drawings from fabricators work their way through subcontractors and the general contractor to the engineer unreviewed and unorganized. Instead of spending the time in submittal presentation, many contractors find it more costeffective to repeatedly submit and resubmit whatever is submitted to them in the hope that the engineer will be liberal with approvals. The engineer, inundated with non-responsive submittals, is pressured to process these submittals as soon as possible.

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