Wastewater Treatment Design Risk

Wastewater treatment design is a complex process that can result in difficult and expensive liability issues. Let’s briefly examine a possible scenario and some of its implications. An engineering firm is retained to participate in the planning, design, and construction of a wastewater treatment system that produces an effluent meeting prescribed regulatory standards. The design …Read Full Post

Green Design Liability Risks

Are there professional liability risks specifically associated with green design?  Environmental considerations have been a part of responsible design for a long time. As new green technologies and design techniques have been introduced, new professional liability hazards have emerged. Let’s examine a number of pitfalls to look out for and avoid. Unrealistic Performance Expectations To …Read Full Post

Construction Service Related Issues

Architects and Engineers perform a variety of tasks including investigations, surveys, feasibility studies, planning, design, facility administration, maintenance and construction related tasks. They can function as a corporate employee or as a professional service consultant for government agencies, private industry, developers, contractors, or on their own behalf as entrepreneurial business people in various industries. Here …Read Full Post

Prospects for Successful Mediation

One consideration in deciding whether to pursue mediation of a dispute is evaluation of the prospects that it will be successful.  Here are some thoughts on evaluating prospects for mediation success. Most projects, no matter how well managed, run into problems, disagreements, and sometimes disputes over accountability. Usually problems get addressed and disagreements get worked …Read Full Post

Normal Project Problem or a Claim?

One key to early and cost effective resolution of professional liability claims against architects and engineers is awareness of when a project problem turns into a professional liability claim. Here are some thoughts on this important topic. Professional liability insurance is typically written on a claims made basis.  That is, coverage for a professional liability …Read Full Post

Project Categories and Characteristics

Like the different kinds of clients that an architect or engineer will encounter, there is a variety of project categories.  Each has certain characteristics. Understanding these can be critical to success. Earlier we reviewed examples of how client category characteristics can affect risk management decisions for a design consulting service. Here we briefly explore how …Read Full Post