New Challenges—New Liabilities

by Luther W. Graef, (F.ASCE), Partner; Graef, Anhalt, Schloemer & Assocs., Inc., Milwaukee, Wisc.,

Serial Information: Engineering Issues: Journal of Professional Activities, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 4, Pg. 245-250

Document Type: Journal Paper


New challenges for engineering consultants such as construction management, value engineering, turnkey, life cycle costing and others, together with a constantly changing legal environment encouraged by an age of consumerism, are causing new liabilities to become apparent. These liabilities may not be covered under present Liability Insurance policies. The American Society of Civil Engineers, in cooperation with NSPE, ACEC, AIA, and other organizations, is constantly striving to keep engineers aware of this evolution in the practice of engineering. Each new area of practice is reviewed for some of its unique effects on our responsibilities and liability insurance. Potential hazards and concerns are discussed and risks and responsibilities listed. Engineers are reminded that before undertaking new areas of practice, a thorough review of risks, responsibilities and liabilities should be studied with accountant, attorney, and insurance agent.

Subject Headings: Consulting services | Value engineering | Insurance | Liability | Life cycles | Construction costs | Business organizations

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