Proper and Improper Use of Specifications

by Ronald D. Kulchak, Morrison Knudsen Corp, Boise, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Materials: Performance and Prevention of Deficiencies and Failures


The contractors have an obligation to the clients to provide a product that meets their requirements. In order to accomplish this, these requirements must be properly translated into the contract drawings and specifications. To ensure that materials and equipment provided and installed will perform satisfactorily in service over the life of the facility, the contract drawings and specifications must clearly prescribe the materials and equipment to be used, the workmanship to be achieved, and the acceptance criteria of the work peformed. To level the playing field for competition, there must be specifications that are a 'detailed and exact statement of particulars' for the work to be performed, as each participant should be required to comply with the same requirements.

Subject Headings: Contracts and subcontracts | Construction management | Writing skills | Competition | Client relationships | Benefit cost ratios

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