Negotiation and Contract Management
A contract is the result of a negotiation leading to an agreement between two parties. A successful contract usually meets the needs of both parties. Satisfaction of needs is the reason...

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'...

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,...

The Resident Engineer as Construction Team Member
The success of a construction project is affected by the actions of the resident engineer (RE). Good REs don't come off the street; they are developed through training and...

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...

On Stealing Software
Current estimates of illegal software copying vary from two to ten copies per program on the market. The Copyright Act of 1976 specifically disallows such copying, but much so-called piracy...

The Use of Project Records for Litigation

The Construction Manager as Expert Witness

Chesapeake Bay Conflicts and Fishery Management

OCS Development in the Pacific Region: Status and Issues

Lawsuits Arising Out of Reconstruction
Liability judgements resulting out of negligence in the performance of highway design, construction or maintenance activities have continued to increase in the past decade, notwithstanding...

The Effect of Contract Wording on Inspector Liability
Design professionals should endeavor not to write burdensome or inaccurate contracts; i.e., those that inaccurately describe duties. Inspector...

Liability: Attitudes and Procedures

Product Liability and Professional Responsibility Risk Analysis

Load Distribution and Double Skin Wall
The stress distribution in a double skin wall system is found to be very sensitive to the load distribution between the two skins. The understanding of wind load distribution between the...

Environmental Assessment in Ontario, Canada
The environmental assessment process in Ontario, Canada, is described and critiqued as an anticipatory, comprehensive planning process required for all public and designated major private...

Lake Michigan Water Allocation into the 21st Century

Historic Preservation Litigation

Resolving International Construction Disputes by Arbitration
Arbitration as a means of settling construction disputes is increasing. It can be particularly useful in international disputes, where parties often seek to avoid litigation in foreign...

The Engineer as Expert Witness
Increased specialization in technical fields and the increasingly litigious nature of our society have resulted in a great deal of collaboration between lawyers and engineers in litigation...

 

 

 

 

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