Mr John Irwin
RE: What does "Reviewed with Comments" Mean In Your View
I used to think that it was a good idea to use terms like "commented on" or "reviewed" instead of the old-fashioned "approved". However, I have seen what the use of such terms have done to the credibility of engineers and now I am not so sure.
The intention of such ambiguous terms, are to put more responsibility onto the contractor or others and take it away from the engineer in my view. Some would say that it is just to make sure that we are not responsible for doing more than we get paid for, but we as engineers have drawn up the terms of engagement over the years and as far as I can see we have gradually changed them to cut out a lot of our responsibility. Why have we wanted to do that?
Now we are left with the situation where the engineer is assumed not to have much responsibilty for anything. Little wonder fees for engineers have been cut back so much over recent years.