Computers: The Ins and Outs of the Purchasing Contract

by Timothy C. O'Connor, Pres.; O'Connor Consulting, Inc., 6120 Venice Dr., Union Lake, Mich. 48085,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1983, Vol. 53, Issue 2, Pg. 37-39

Document Type: Feature article


When purchasing computers and computer graphic systems there are 13 areas in the purchasing contract that should be investigated. These include the agreement, specification, dates, inspection, training, shipping and delivery, installation, acceptance, title and pay-off, warranty period, manuals, infringements, and application software. The purchaser should be aware of his liabilities for not executing his own contract and his rights and options if he does wish to. The degree of protection and relief from liabilities will depend on the thoroughness of the purchaser's approach along with the amount of time and money spent in developing a contract.

Subject Headings: Computing in civil engineering | Contracts and subcontracts

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