Liability: Problem or Crisis?
Engineering firms are being hit with liability insurance rate increases of 30%, 50% or more. Deductibles are being raised and the maximum coverage is being decreased. Some firms cannot...

Transportation Liability and Risk Management
Risk management programs provide an excellent response to the increased exposure of all transportation agencies to tort liability claims. While some actions and responses require resources...

Tort Liability in the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
During the past decade many have questioned the propriety of the doctrine of sovereign immunity; numerous legal challenges and legislative changes have eroded the doctrine in most states....

Risk Management to Reduce Highway Tort Liability
This paper identifies common risk management techniques and processes. A brief review of tort law is presented along with the specific characteristics of a highway related negligence suit....

Effectiveness of Highway Safety Improvements
This book contains the thirty papers presented at the third Highway Safety Specialty Conference sponsored by the Committee on Traffic and Safety of the Highway Division of the American...

Workshop Report—Liability and Accountability in Risk-Based Decision Making in Water Resources

Where Should we Look for Error Control

Report of the Working Group on Occurrence of Errors

A CM's Exposure to Liability
Before identifying potential liability, it is first necessary to define the construction manager's (CM) status and duties. These are delineated in the contract requirements...

Computers in Structural Engineering Practice The Issue of Quality
The dilemma of affordable and easy access to computing versus uncertain and dangerous pitfalls will be a continuing one for the profession. Since the pitfalls include problems associate...

Facing Failures: Alleged or Actual
Every practitioner, in a large or small office, faces the possibility of an accusation of causing, directly or indirectly, a failure. The resulting embarrassment, frustration, regret,...

Legal Concerns in Cold Regions Engineering and Construction
For a variety of reasons the potential for the imposition of liability and the potential for comparatively large damage claims is greater in cold regions. It is the purpose of this paper...

Contrasting Perceptions of Teaching Engineering Ethics

Organizing and Managing for Quality Construction

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...

Auditors Eye the Environment
Environmental audits are being used by an increasing number of companies, and are providing a substantial new market for environmental engineers. Environmental audits are formal self-appraisals...

Coping with Litigation
Engineers should learn legal philosophy, even though it seems unrelated to traditional technical practice. Monitoring changes in legal theory that may increase engineers'...

The Consulting Engineer's Resident Engineer on Public Works Projects
The importance to the owner, engineering firm, and construction contractor of a qualified Resident Engineer on a construction project cannot be overly emphasized. Similarly, the duties,...

Liability of the Resident Engineer
This paper focuses on specific examples of resident engineer liability situations. It specifically discusses to whom the resident engineer has responsibility, why the law imposes the liability...

Project Administration
The paper discusses the vital issues involved for the efficient administration of a construction contract: effective communication, field office staffing, long lead procurement of equipment,...

 

 

 

 

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