Shop Drawing Review: Minimizing the Risks

by Robert A. Rubin, (F.ASCE), Attorney and Partner; Construction Law, Postner & Rubin, New York, N.Y.,
Marcy E. Ressler, Law Clerk; Postner & Rubin, New York, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1985, Vol. 55, Issue 3, Pg. 68-70

Document Type: Feature article


Individual designers, professional liability insurers, and professional organizations have tried to define the designers approval responsibilities for shop drawing review in clear, workable terms. In the absence of a workable industry-wide definition of the scope of a designers review, architects and engineers have sought to limit their obligations and excuse them from liability. The problems associated with shop drawing review and the professional responsibility, liability and risks are reviewed and solutions are recommended. The Hyatt Regency walkway collapse is cited as an example of legal ramifications.

Subject Headings: Liability | Risk management | Professional societies | Industries | Terminology and definition | Building design | Architects | Professional practice

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