Summary Report of Questionnaire on Specifications (Owner and Owner Representative Returns)
Over 600 owners and private design professionals offer their thoughts in responding to a nationwide questionnaire survey dealing with specifications for engineered construction projects....

Cladding Failures — Lack of a Professional Interface
The importance of having complete collaboration between the architect and structural engineer when designing high-rise buildings clad with masonry is examined. Examples are sited where...

First Annual National Conference on Recreation Planning and Development
Recreation planning and development is a multi-disciplined field involving engineers, planners, landscape architects, structural architects and other specialists active or interested in...

Designer Evaluation of Contractor Comments on Specifications
Specifications as a form of communication between the design professional and the contractor should be improved. Contractor responses to the ASCE Specifications Committee questionnaire...

Summary Report of Questionnaire on Specifications (Contractor Returns)
Too little attention has been given by the design profession to the quality of specifications that go into the construction contract documents. In 1973, the Committee on Contract Administration...

Three-Flight Free-Standing Stairs
A three-flight free-standing stairs can be architecturally attractive and will give new opportunities to architects and design engineers. This type of stairs usually comprises two flights...

Effect of Building Regulations on Built Environment
One of the most underestimated facets of the influence technology has had on the well-being of our Society is the role played by institutionalized building regulations. For the public...

Contractor Quality Control
The application of the U.S. Navy Contractor Quality Control (CQC) type of contract to civilian construction was analyzed through use of questionnaires to design architects and engineers...

What To Do When the Suit is Served
The way in which principals of a design professional firm respond to a law suit alleging liability has great bearing on the way in which the suit progresses and on its effect on the firm....

Experts Critique the Olympic Structures of Montreal
At a panel discussion held recently in Montreal, a number of prominent architects and engineers critiqued the Montreal Olympic structures. Unlike some previous press reports, the blame...

Fifty Years of Construction Cost-Reducing Analyses
The purpose of this paper is to present and consider some, but not necessarily all, of the methods that have been developed during the past 50 yr, to enable engineers, architects, contractors,...

Legal Aspects of Open Cut Construction
Construction of temporary earth retaining structures raises unique legal problems not usually encountered in other areas of construction work. A primary difference is that of design responsibility....

Protecting Your Firm against Liability Claims
In recent years, lawsuits against design professionals have sharply increased. One consulting firm in four now faces a liability claim. Many suits result when the same architect, engineer,...

Architects and Nature: On the Primacy of Man

Role of Specifications in Foundation Construction
The interconnecting roles of engineer, architect, insurer, contractor, and owner are recognized. The need is discussed for equitable distribution of risks during the construction phase...

Bidding Is Against Client Interest
Selecting an engineer or an architect on the basis of the lowest price can easily result in construction that is initially more costly, and more expensive to maintain, since it tends to...

The Civil Engineer in the Multidisciplinary Design Team
Design teams are becoming increasingly prominent because of the increasing complexity of urban planning and development. The team should be tailored to the special problems of each project...

Tall Buildings - A Technological Assessment
The systems, criteria, and concepts involved in the current ASCE-IABSE sponsored project at Lehigh University on the Planning and Design of Tall Buildings are described. Details of the...

Post-Tensioned Concrete Nuclear Structures
The responsibilities of the architect, engineer, and the utility in selecting the type of containment for a nuclear steam supply are presented. The Atomic Energy Commission's...

Fire Intensity-Resistance Evaluation
Computer-aided procedures have been developed to allow architects and engineers with no previous computer experience to predict the theoretical fire rating of different layers of fireproofing...

 

 

 

 

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