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Engineering Contracts. Some Legal Problems Affecting Structural Engineers

The forces of nature which work against the structures designed and erected by structural engineers are, by the influence of scientific research and experience, becoming so well known that the factor of safety for contingencies, is, I am told, steadily diminishing. This notwithstanding you sleep easy in your bed with the complete confidence that nothing will cause disaster to the work you have designed and constructed. I come before you to-night to discuss the design of a structure of ink and parchment against which forces of nature are practically innocuous, but for which nevertheless no factor of safety is sufficient to withstand the destroying influence of mental ingenuity and legal interpretation. The structure to which I refer, is the engineering or building contract upon which the professional and commercial prosperity of engineer, employer, and contractor alike, are so often found to be dependent. E.J. Rimmer

Author(s): Rimmer, E J