State Statute Protects Architect From Owner's Indemnity Claim
This month's column features a previously litigated fee dispute that sprouted new life following its resolution....

Engineering Inspector Unable to Fend off Negligence Claims
A series of disputes arose out of a construction contract between the Texas Department of Transportation and its contractors....

Integrity Is Paramount When Engineers Act as Expert Witnesses
A member submits a paper to an ASCE journal. A complainant claims that the author fraudulently manipulated his analysis in order to reach his desired conclusion. Was the Society’s Code of Ethics violated...

Copyright Infringement Claims: The ‘Troller’ Loses This Time
Defending against “trollers” asserting infringement of copyrighted designs can result in expensive, uphill battles....

Design Professional Succeeds against Claims by ‘Intended Third-Party Beneficiary’
An architecture firm successfully fights millions in breach-of-contract and negligence claims from a party with whom it had no contract....

Claims against Geotechnical Engineers: Getting it Right in the Midst of Uncertainty
Geotechnical engineering is one of engineering's riskiest professions, prone to litigation due to the inherent uncertainty associated with characterizing the subsurface. Site investigations rarely provide...

Arizona Stream Navigability
(No paper) The State of Arizona is currently in the process of determining the ownership of the streambeds of watercourses within the state boundaries. Claims of ownership turn on whether...

Preparing Specifications for Design-Bid Build Projects
The Committee on Specifications of the Construction Division of ASCE has developed a guide to preparing construction specifications for design-bid build projects. The guide contains preparation...

A Merger Manual
Mergers and acquisition business deals continue to proliferate in the consulting engineer and construction industry. There are many important issues on both sides of the table, and the...

Site Safety: Rights, Risks, and Responsibilities
Construction site accidents are all-too-common occurrences that claim lives and cause numerous injuries every year. For accidents that result from unsafe conditions on the site, the question...

Managing Risk: An Environmental Engineering Perspective

Staking Your Claim
If you buy land, you have certain legal protections ensuring that no one can take it away from you without your consent. You can put a fence around it, you can prohibit trespassers and...

Residential Vulnerability Functions and Their Variability Based on Claims Data

Defusing Delay Claims
Many contractors, owners and design professionals are finally becoming aware of and sensitive to high cost and substantial risks associated with litigating delay claims. As a result, the...

Forensic Engineering Within a Large Public Agency: Expert Witness Experience Panel Discussion

Should I Notify the Building Department? The Dilemma of the Forensic Engineer

Managing Your Legal Team Through Dispute Resolution

Design-Build: Legal Obstacles and Solutions

Legal Implications of Quality Assurance

Changes, Extras, and Claims
This chapter discusses the changes, extras, and claims that might come with any given project after the contract is signed....

 

 

 

 

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