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Nahom Gebre

Nahom Gebre has written 40 posts for Schinnerer Risk Management Blog

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‚Äôs 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

Federal infrastructure plan to be unveiled later this year

According to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, the Trump administration will unveil a $1 trillion infrastructure plan later this year. The announcement did not offer details of funding for projects, but according to Chao, investment will be valued at $1 trillion over 10 years. The proposal is expected to cover transportation, energy, water, and potentially … Continue reading

Oroville Dam crisis

The dramatic images of water crashing down the Oroville Dam Spillway in California have shown us that we are dependent on infrastructure that is now well over 50 years old. Engineers know that the hydrologic models used to model weather events are based on data that was collected decades ago. As noted in an article … Continue reading

EJCDC releases new documents

The Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC) recently updated E-580, Teaming Agreement to Pursue Joint Professional Services Opportunity. The revisions allow the document to function as a new stand-alone teaming agreement that is suitable for firms interested in “a wide variety of project-pursuit purposes.” E-580 makes it very clear that if the team fails to … Continue reading

Exciting times ahead for road infrastructure

Big name companies such as Google, Uber, and major car companies are investing a lot of resources in autonomous vehicles. The focus right now is on these vehicles making driving decisions without driver input and vehicles possibly communicating with each other. Some technologists believe that it is essential that the vehicles also be able to … Continue reading

Judge halts application of federal rule that would have expanded overtime pay

A federal judge in Texas has issued a preliminary injunction halting the application of a federal rule that would have made overtime pay available to full-time salaried employees earning up to $47,476 a year. As we noted in our blog post earlier this year, “New overtime rules will affect all employers,” the rule was expected … Continue reading