Architect & Engineer Issues – Organized

We have now posted over 30 articles covering a range of AE Issues topics. To provide some context and planning future posts it is useful to put these topics into a big picture outline. That outline is presented here.  Also we invite comments on what additional topics should be added to this outline and future Table of Contents.

To the extent that some of these topics have been addressed, links are provided to those articles. More will follow.

  1. Introduction
  2. General Topic Categories
    1. Professional Development
    2. Management
    3. Marketing
    4. Contracts
      1. Professional Service Contracts
      2. Construction Contracts
    5. Entrepreneurship
    6. Leadership
    7. The Law
  3. Risk Management
    1. Loss Avoidance
    2. Insurance
      1. Professional Liability Insurance
      2. General Liability Insurance
      3. Other Insurance
    3. Risk Transfer
  4. Dispute Resolution
    1. Recognizing Disputes & Claims
      1. When a Problem Becomes a Claim
      2. When there is no Error or Omission
    2. Resolving Disputes
    3. Negotiation
    4. Mediation
      1. Evaluating Prospects for Success
      2. Mediation Scenarios
    5. Other ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution)
      1. Arbtitration
    6. Lawsuits
      1. To Settle or To Trial
      2. Use of Expert Consultants
  5. Professional Liability Claims
    1. Bodily Injury
      1. Construction Worker Injuries
        1. Theories of Liability
        2. Avoiding Construction Worker Injury Claims
      2. Avoiding and Resolving Construction Passer-By Injury Claims
      3. Injuries after Project Completed
    2. Property Damage
    3. Construction Delays and Cost Overruns
      1. Theories of Liability
      2. Scenarios
      3. Roles and Issues
      4. Resolving Delay & Cost Overrun Claims
    4. Completed Project Performance
  6. Services
    1. Planning
    2. Surveying
      1. Property Line Surveys
      2. Topographic Surveys
      3. Construction Layout
    3. Site Investigation & Evaluation
    4. Geotechnical
    5. Environmental Impact
    6. Design
    7. Specifications
    8. Construction Related
      1. Management
      2. Observation / Inspection
      3. Materials Testing
  7.  Clients
    1. Client Categories and Characteristics
    2. Governmental
    3. Business Corporations
      1. Publicly Traded
      2. Privately Owned
    4. Institutional
      1. Medical
      2. Educational
      3. Religious
      4. Not for Profit
  8. Project Types
    1. Project Categories and Characteristics
    2. Buildings
    3. Land Development
    4. Residential
      1. Multifamily
      2. Condominiums
      3. Single Family
    5. Commercial
      1. Retail
      2. Office
    6. Industrial
    7. Mining
    8. Public Works
      1. Water Supply
      2. Wastewater Treatment
      3. Roads & Highways
      4. Drainage & Flood Control
      5. Lighting
    9. Utilities
      1. Power Generation & Transmission
      2. Communications
    10. Transportation
      1. Rail
      2. Airports
      3. Harbors
  9. Emerging and Evolving Issues
    1. Project Delivery Systems
      1. Classic Design Bid Build
      2. Design Build
      3. Turnkey
      4. Others Evolving
    2. Building Information Modeling (BIM)
    3. Green Design

Conclusion

The planning, design, construction, and maintenance of many kinds of capital projects provides architects and engineers with opportunities to do interesting and challenging work.  These efforts also present risks and challenges different from the purely technical as taught in architecture and engineering training programs.  The best training incorporates some of these topics but it would be difficult to address them all.  For most, these kinds of issues are learned from experience. We can hope to prepare those interested by sharing observations and experiences.

The many facets of project design and construction are difficult to organize.  Depending on one's point of view, different organization is appropriate.  Share your thoughts by leaving comments.  Thank you.

This article expresses ideas for consideration and should not be taken as recommendations applicable to any specific situation.  When making a decision on how to address a specific situation consulting with an experienced attorney is recommended.

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