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Worried about cyber liability? Tap the Federal Trade Commission’s information

Although design and construction professionals rarely keep large amounts of intellectual property, personal information, trade secrets, and client lists on their internal computer systems, they are still targets for mercenary hackers and disgruntled former employees. Often, it is because of a lack of recognition that sharing information digitally can also allow entry into computer systems … Continue reading

Managing the risks of retaining subconsultants

Many design professionals are concerned about their “vicarious liability” when retaining subconsultants. Many others don’t realize that a prime design professional is always responsible for the actions—including negligence—of those providing services through the prime design professional. This exposure is amplified if the subconsultant doesn’t have adequate insurance. Although the Schinnerer professional liability insurance program provides … Continue reading

Updated AAA construction arbitration rules went into effect on July 1

Many contracts for design and construction projects reference the American Arbitration Association’s (AAA) arbitration and mediation rules. Although no longer mandated in AIA and EJCDC contract forms, the AAA system often is seen as the default methodology to avoiding litigation. The newly updated AAA Construction Industry Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures include more than a … Continue reading

Thinking about doing business with Iran?

During the early 1970s, engineering and architecture firms were profiting from the rapid investment in infrastructure improvements and building projects in Iran. That boom, of course, collapsed with the ouster of the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in February of 1979. Now some firms, including  American-owned entities, are anticipating that there might be new projects in … Continue reading

Follow the money

It is not uncommon for engineering firms focused on infrastructure projects to monitor spending bills that are geared towards infrastructure projects at the federal, state, and local government level. With sources of government funding for infrastructure projects severely limited, the private sector has become increasingly interested in investing in infrastructure projects by creating partnerships with public … Continue reading