Computer-Aided Liability
Civil engineers are using computers more than ever to help them streamline analysis and design, boost productivity and cut costs. Often they rely on mass-marketed software such as Autodesk...

What's In It for Me?
The construction industry of the European Community (EC), which accounts for about 10 percent of the EC's gross domestic product, or nearly US $550 billion, commands about...

Dispute Avoidance
Dispute avoidance is not something that begins at ground breaking. Dispute avoidance is not a technique that helps you resolve the inevitable problems that arise during construction. Dispute...

The Application of Technology to Solving Practical Problems
In this paper, the roles of the scientist, technologist, engineer, and manager are discussed to place them in perspective. A distinction is made between the coastal engineer' and practicing...

Ethical, Legal and Professional Responsibilities of Engineers to Owners and Contractors
Engineers are under legal, professional, ethical and moral duties to protect owners, contractors and third parties, including the general public against injuries and deaths and economic...

Steering Clear of Tort Claims
Tort liability has become a major issue for today's highway engineer. Claims against state highway departments charging that deficient roadways caused or contributed to traffic...

Contracting and Legal Issues

In Too Deep
Urban excavation is fraught with risks and potential liability for engineers and contractors. Environmental issues (such as Superfund regulations and environmental impact statements),...

Legal Aspects of Computer Use and Measures of Software Quality and Legal Concern

Understanding Potential Legal Liabilities of Water Resource Professionals and How to Avoid Them
The salvation of the country's water resources is one of the most important problems facing it today. Focused, as they are, on a problem of such overwhelming significance,...

Governmental Immunity from Liability in Flood Control Operations
The scope of Federal immunity from liability for damages caused by flood control operations is quite extensive. A review of the legislative history and case law of the immunity provision,...

Natural Resource Trustee Responsibilites: An Awakening Titan
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA), and the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA) designate the...

Restoration Planning for Natural Resource Damage Assessment Cases
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended, provides natural resource trustees authority for recovering compensatory damages...

The Mission of the Corps of Engineers, South Pacific Division, in Hazardous/Toxic Waste (HTW)
This paper discusses the various roles and relationships that the South Pacific Division has for HTW activities within the division's four-state area (CA, AZ, NV, and UT)....

Planning and Organization to Control Liabilities and Insurance Cost
The liabilities and insurance cost associated with construction projects can be considerable. Activities that are performed which carry extensive liability exposures with limited controls...

Legal Principles and Theories
Legal issues are intertwined with all aspects of the technical considerations relating to temporary structures. This paper presents an introduction to the legal theories which relate to...

Liabilities in Temporary Structures Failures—Representative Case Histories
Eight case studies involving construction accidents caused by failure of temporary structures are presented. These studies illustrate the oftentimes unintended consequence of utilizing...

Liability Insurance Coverages for Designers of Temporary Structures
A recent survey completed by the American Consulting Engineers Counsel (ACEC) indicates that in 1990 approximately 40 claims occurred per 100 firms. There also is an indication that claims...

Incentives for Technological Innovation in Construction
Why innovate in construction? The answer to this frequently asked question is critical for the future of the U.S. engineering and construction industry. One reason for this is the multitude...

Responsibility and Liability of Inspection
There is much confusion over who is responsible for inspection of construction. This paper argues that the designer is the most appropriate individual to inspect the work. The designer...

 

 

 

 

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