Summary Report of Questionnaire on Specifications (Owner and Owner Representative Returns)

by Joseph Goldbloom, (F.ASCE), Chairman and Head of Dept.; Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Quade & Douglas, New York, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1979, Vol. 105, Issue 3, Pg. 163-186

Document Type: Journal Paper


Over 600 owners and private design professionals offer their thoughts in responding to a nationwide questionnaire survey dealing with specifications for engineered construction projects. Only 139 or 22% of the 622 respondents employ full-time specification engineers. The qualification most recommended that a specification engineer should possess, is field construction experience. Only 150 or 24% of the respondents believe that specifications should be prepared by specialists. 246 or 40%, do not allocate a specific sum for specification preparation, when establishing the in-house budget for a design project. The most common in-house problems in getting out a good set of specifications are: (1)Insufficient time allotted for their preparation; and (2)coordination between plans and specifications and between designers and specification engineers.

Subject Headings: Owners | Construction management | Architect/Engineers | Surveys (non-geomatic) | Budgets

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