Every Word Counts!
Contract Mechanisms and Their Review
W. Ronald Woods, P.E.
This course is
written from the perspective of an Engineer, not an attorney. While it contains
information believed to be legally correct by the author, it should not take
the place of appropriate legal review of a contract for Professional Services.
The intent of this course is to make the professional aware of contract provisions
and their implications, so that appropriate legal counsel can be sought.
This course includes
a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding
of the course materials.
At the conclusion of this course, the student will be familiar with:
The the course content is in a PDF file Every Word Counts! Contract Mechanisms and Their Review - Module 1. You need to open or download this document to study this course.Course Summary
contained in this booklet is based on experience and an attempted application
of common sense to the review and overview of contract issues as they affect
those in the engineering profession. It is by no means a legal treatise on all the potential pitfalls of contract law, as there are volumes dedicated to the subject in legalese and
jargon most of us as non-lawyers will never understand. The salient points of this exercise were to point out the complexities of contracts, the ease with which we can get
into trouble with their provisions, and the need to be careful in the conduct of our professional activities from contract engagement through contract performance.
Related Links and References
1. Case Studies
on Indemnity and Additional Insured Requirements, American Subcontractors Association,
Inc., 2003 (www.asaonline.com)
2. Frequently Asked Questions - Indemnity, American Subcontractors Association, Inc., 2003 (www.asaonline.com)
3. Ki, Lori A., Using Indemnification Agreements as an Effective Risk-Transfer Device, Aircraft Builders Council, Inc., 2000.
4. Flake, Richard P., Roach, Robert K., Nelson, Elaine E., “Risk Shifting In Contract Documents”, Proceedings of the 4th Annual Construction Law Conference, University of Texas School of Law, February 14 and 15, 1991.
Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.