Construction Contract Basics
Kevin D. Waddell, P.E.
1. Learning objectives
2. Course Introduction
3. Course Content and Appendix
4. Course Summary
5. Related Links
This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.
litigious and change order driven mindset present in the construction market
necessitates an understanding of contract documents. This course will provide
the student an understanding of the content that comprises a good construction
contract. A brief discussion of the standard components of a construction contract
and a test of the student's aptitude is included herein.
An engineer, architect,
or other young professional cannot be a good construction manager without comprehending
the documents that are organized to create a construction contract. The construction
contract is often misinterpreted, misused or blatantly ignored. Contract documents
are project specific and can vary significantly for differing projects. Achieving
even a basic understanding of the content, organization, and legal power of
the contract will allow an inexperienced professional to administer the contract
The Course Content and Appendix are in a PDF file Construction Contract Basics. You need to open or download this document to study this course.
Becoming a successful Engineer or Architect does not correlate with an ability to apply equations or remember textbook problems. All the work that is afforded design projects of any type is simply a means to an end. That end is the realization of a designer's vision through the construction of the project. Design professionals must learn to describe the legal and technical aspects of a project with Contract Documents. More importantly, the designer must strive to understand the effects of the written documents and what role those documents have in any given construction project. Take time to read through various types of Contract Documents and ask legal counsel or a seasoned design professional for interpretations or opinions. Once you understand the role and importance of Contract Documents the better you will become at preparing them.
For additional technical informaion related to this subject, please visit the following websites or web pages:
- Engineers' Joint Contract Documents Committee
http://www.csinet.com - Construction Specifications Institute
http://www.aia.com - American Institute of Architects
http://www.nspe.com - National Society of Professional Engineers
http://www.agc.com - Associated General Contractors of America
http://www.acec.com - American Council of Engineering Companies
http://www.asce.com - American Society of Professional Engineers
Standard General Conditions of the Construction Contract; Engineers' Joint Contract Documents Committee; No. 1910-8 (1983 Edition)
Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.