A Guide to Managing Engineering and Architectural Design Services Contracts

If you are an engineer who has or will have to deal with design services contracts in any way in your career, the more you learn about them, the bigger advantage you will have over others. Now you can learn most of the things that you need to know about managing Engineering and Architectural design services contracts from someone who has many years of experience through this audiobook...

Top Ten Critical Items Covered in this Audiobook

  • Accounts Receivable
  • Purchase Orders
  • Culture of Awareness to Professional Liability Issues
  • Contractor Requested Changes from Contract Document Requirements
  • Stop Work Authority
  • Scope of Work
  • Expectation Management
  • Constructability Review
  • Documentation

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This book came recommended to me by the CFO of my current firm. I currently work for an architectural firm working as a job captain and have an interest in project management and helping projects remain profitable. What I appreciated most about this book is its brevity and immediate relevance. Many of its recommendations are brilliantly simple, and can assist project managers and design team members ensure that projects do not deviate from actual contractual obligations. Too often have I seen projects continue and flail without team members having a real understanding of the actual contract and obligations between owner and designer, only to the detriment of the designers. I would recommend this book to any design professional who is serious about helping their company be a more profitable enterprise, from drafter to principal.

Paul, Customer Review on Amazon

This book is intended to provide a primer for young engineers on the important aspects of design services contracts.  It also introduces the importance of creating and maintaining a culture of professional liability awareness within a design office to minimize the risk of a claim.  The book is concisely written and broken into five sections: An introduction, a brief description of the basic elements of a design services contract, common issues with implementing the contract, requirements during bidding and construction, and a summary and recommendations section.

Young engineers rarely have any formal instruction on the subject of contracts and liability and this book provides a useful introduction to these topics.  Too often these lessons are learned “the hard way” through claims and disputes.  Gaining a basic understanding of the principles of design service contracts before one takes on the responsibility of project management can be invaluable and this book covers all the basic concepts.  This reader was hoping to see more real-world case studies and “horror stories”, however, the text is to the point and well worth the couple hour read for a young professional entering the world of project management. 

Keith Bouchard, P.E., Structural Engineer, CBI Consulting, Inc.

What You Will Discover In this Audiobook...

    The book is a resource to design professionals as they manage their professional services contracts. Its more than fifty topics address the process from being selected, through the design process, and to preparation of record documents after construction. The book also contains links to twelve sample documents intended to improve effectiveness and efficiency during the design and construction process.

    This book can be used in several ways:

    • As a primer on professional services contracts –The topics are arranged in chronological order commonly experienced during a project. Accordingly, they can be studied without reference to a specific project from start to finish.
    • As a text to introduce college students to the basics of contracting for professional services – Although recent graduates will not need the information in the book for several years, an early introduction to the terms and having the book when needed will be of great value.
    • As a resource during a project – As certain contracting topics come into play during a project, the Table of Contents of the book can be referred to for guidance.
    • As a source of topics that can be used to create a culture of professional liability issues awareness –By discussing one of the book’s topics at a weekly staff meeting throughout the year, everyone involved in the design process can be sensitized to the importance of correctly dealing with contractual issues that may otherwise result in a professional liability claim.

    Who Should listen to this audiobook...

    Engineers and other A/E/C professionals looking to further their career by understanding how to manage design service contracts.

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    About the Author

    John M. Lowe, PE is a 1961 Civil Engineering graduate from the University of Florida.  Following three years of military service as an Army pilot, he enjoyed forty-six years as a consulting engineer involved in both private and public projects as project manager, principal-in-charge, or office manager.  He has been registered and practiced in FL, GA, SC, CA, and OR.  His last employment assignment was as a Design Coordinator with Oregon Bridge Delivery Partners. In 2010, he retired from full-time employment and formed Lowe Consulting, LLC and began giving back to the profession by sharing what he had learned about contracting for professional services and managing professional liability issues (PLI).

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