Quality in the Constructed Project
A Guideline for Owners, Designers, and Constructors
This book provides guidelines and recommendations for owners, design professionals, and constructors on how to provide quality in constructed projects. Roles, responsibilities, and limits...

Computer Assisted Mistakes
The proliferation of computer usage by design engineers will continue to generate change in practice. It will affect the process and production of design. It will affect the relationships...

A View from the Middle — Water Quality Act of 1987: Problems and Possibilites for the Design Professional
Stormwater management has traditionally been viewed as a water quantity concern. The Clean Water Act requirement for future permitting of stormwater discharges will dramatically alter...

Should Fast Track be Derailed?
Engineers, architects and owners believe that fast track construction is a great idea when it works, but serious problems can arise. Some engineers feel that the owner reaps all the benefits...

Lawyer on a Microchip
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...

Computer Aided Drafting on Micro Computers

Engineering a Corporate Statement
Frito-Lay National Headquarters, Plano, Tex., occupies a 218 acre site in a corporate office park that had been a cow pasture. It was unusual in having mature trees and a natural watercourse...

Rebuilding Mexico City
After the September 19, 1985 earthquake in Mexico City, officials had to cope with a massive volunteer effort to inspect damaged and destroyed structures. Over a thousand engineers, contractors,...

Engineering Laboratories' Role in Quality
Quality construction of a quality design is one goal which Owners, Design Professionals, and Contractors can all agree is needed if the project is to be truly successful. The Engineering...

CM Certification and Registration
As currently practiced, the construction management system involves a team of the owner, design professional, and construction manager. The peer relationship to team members, nature of...

Shop Drawing Review: Minimizing the Risks
Individual designers, professional liability insurers, and professional organizations have tried to define the designers approval responsibilities for shop drawing review in clear, workable...

Get Involved with Cladding Design
Structural engineers should get involved with cladding design for their buildings. Including disclaimers for responsibility in the design contract will not prevent trouble or lawsuits,...

Failure Information Needs in Civil Engineering
If we are to learn from failures of engineered facilities, failure information must be in a useful form, and it must reach those who can effect improved practice. This paper discusses,...

Cost Engineering for Disputed Work
Engineers and architects tend to underestimate the cost of disputed work, especially those connected with delay. The engineer, using industry standards and estimating rules of thumb, can...

Better Design Documents Through Constructibility Review
The Corps of Engineers (Corps) improves the quality of design documents by an extensive program to review in-house and Architect/Engineer (A/E) designs. This review is composed of several...

The Printed Word: A Defense Against Liability?
Design professionals should endeavor not to write burdensome or inaccurate contracts; i. e. , those that inaccurately describe duties. Inspector liability is not relieved by ambiguity...

Control of the Design Process
Gilbert/Commonwealth, Inc. (G/C) was the architect-engineer for the original design of the Florida Power Corporation (FPC) Crystal River Nuclear Plant, Unit 3 (CR3) and has been involved...

Policies to Encourage Innovation in Infrastructure
The paper discusses public policies that encourage, promote, and finance infrastructure innovation, terming these essential if excellence and cost-effectiveness are to be realized. Among...

Establishing Patterns of Building Failures
Establishing statistical patterns of building failures can help engineers and architects prevent similar failures in the future and also reduce litigation. The Architecture and Engineering...

Information Management in the A/E Environment

 

 

 

 

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