Lawyer on a Microchip

by James L. Lester, Attorney; Watt, Tieder, Killian & Hoffar, 8401 Old Courthouse Rd., Vienna, VA 22180,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1987, Vol. 57, Issue 6, Pg. 68-69

Document Type: Feature article


Construction in the 1980s have become a complex, high stakes, intensely competitive business. For architects and engineers involved, the prospect of lawsuits has grown tremendously. An expert system can evaluate these claims, provide a written record of claims analysis for future reference, and sharpen the claims evaluation skills of job site personnel. The program makes its evaluations based on answers the user gives to yes or no questions. However, it does have a number of limitations. The program must be updated regularly to reflect changes in the law. The system also depends on the user to evaluate factors which may be subjective or technical. And the system cannot replace the experience or judgment that only a human profession has.

Subject Headings: Legal affairs

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