Court scrutinizes definition of surveying services

The Mississippi Board of Professional Engineers and Surveyors (Board) sued Vizaline in September 2017, alleging that Vizaline is offering services that require a surveyors license. Vizaline’s computer program takes the metes and bounds description of property and draws the polygon on a map for banks that need accurate property descriptions. The Board is alleging that... Continue Reading →

Energy efficiency benefit comes under scrutiny

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 extended a number of provisions that had expired at the end of 2016. Among these provisions was Section 179D, Energy Efficient Commercial Building Deduction, now available for newly constructed buildings or building improvements placed in service during 2017. The deduction is available to owners and tenants of commercial properties... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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