The Training of the Owner

by David W. Lakamp, Pres.; Professional Practice Insurance Brokers, 483 Seaport Ct., Suite 101, Port of Redwood City, CA 94063,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1986, Vol. 56, Issue 12, Pg. 44-46


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Engineers would do well to explain to their clients just what the role of the engineer is. The place to start is with one's ability to produce a perfect set of plans. Imperfections are more likely than not, and there will always be the need for some changes and modifications. Many clients also operate on the mistaken assumption that the construction contract guarantees them the structure they want. It does not. Site conditions, labor and supply disruptions, bad weather and many other factors can alter designs, costs and schedules. A clear understanding about the change orders that may be needed to accommodate these problems is necessary. Engineers unable to educate the owners they are working with may need to test their own resolves, and simply walk away.

Subject Headings: Client relationships | Change orders | Construction management

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