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Nahom Gebre

Nahom Gebre has written 45 posts for Schinnerer Risk Management Blog

Recovering after Hurricane Florence

According to a report prepared by Governor Roy Cooper, the early damage estimates to North Carolina’s businesses and infrastructure from Hurricane Florence stand at $12.7 billion. The report provides sector-by-sector assessments and discusses available funding sources. Design firms looking to provide services for recovery efforts can access the full report. As noted in the report, … Continue reading

New alternative fee arrangements for arbitration

Design firms typically use litigation or arbitration as a dispute resolution mechanism. Although arbitration was initially touted as a more efficient dispute resolution method, but over the years it has become clear that arbitration can be just as complex and costly as litigation. In response to such concerns, the American Arbitration Association (AAA) has introduced … Continue reading

Protecting public health and safety in the wake of Genoa bridge tragedy

A sudden bridge collapse in the heart of Genoa, Italy killed over 40 people on August 14. The bridge was completed in 1967. The bridge fell 148 feet, taking about three dozen cars and three trucks with it. The bridge was known to have been in deteriorating condition and required constant repair work since its … Continue reading

Court scrutinizes definition of surveying services

The Mississippi Board of Professional Engineers and Surveyors (Board) sued Vizaline in September 2017, alleging that Vizaline is offering services that require a surveyors license. Vizaline’s computer program takes the metes and bounds description of property and draws the polygon on a map for banks that need accurate property descriptions. The Board is alleging that … Continue reading

Energy efficiency benefit comes under scrutiny

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 extended a number of provisions that had expired at the end of 2016. Among these provisions was Section 179D, Energy Efficient Commercial Building Deduction, now available for newly constructed buildings or building improvements placed in service during 2017. The deduction is available to owners and tenants of commercial properties … Continue reading

Progressive design-build concepts

Owners are turning to “progressive” design-build for project procurement, a variant of design-build. On a traditional design-build project, a final project price is typically established at the time the design-builder is selected. This often means that the design-builder uses bridging documents and performance requirements the owner has developed independently so that the design-builder can establish … Continue reading

Negotiating indemnity obligations

Client-drafted indemnity obligations are often broad and include defense obligations. Often, clients are unwilling to amend indemnity obligations. If a firm wants to protect itself against the possibility of having to defend its client and paying contractual obligations beyond its professional liability insurance coverage for providing professional services, it may be better off adding a … Continue reading

Still waiting for infrastructure plan

The Trump Administration held a flurry of infrastructure related meetings last week. Lawmakers are still waiting for more details on the $1 trillion infrastructure plan that Trump touted during the campaign. There is uncertainty as to how much actual funding will be allocated to the infrastructure plan, and the President has questioned the role of … Continue reading

Outer Banks and the importance of locating underground utilities

Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands in North Carolina’s Outer Banks are currently under a mandatory evacuation order. Construction crews working on the Bonner Bridge accidentally drove a steel casing into an underground power cable. At this time it is not clear what led the contractor to make the mistake and whether the location of the underground … Continue reading

Expected growth of autonomous electric vehicles

Victor O. Schinnerer successfully completed our First Annual Large Firm Conference last week (May 24). Josh Goldman, Senior Analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists, gave a talk about the market growth expectations for Autonomous Electric Vehicles. Josh highlighted that renewable sources of energy (especially wind and solar) are capturing a growing share of the … Continue reading