Secretary's Column - THE IMPORTANCE OF AN AGREEMENT

By Darren Adrian, PE


The process of executing an agreement for engineering services is by far one…

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Secretary's Column - THE IMPORTANCE OF AN AGREEMENT

By Darren Adrian, PE

The process of executing an agreement for engineering services is by far one of the least exciting steps in beginning new work. Some may see this as a quick, painless process of obtaining signatures, while others experience it as extensive review followed by numerous correspondence and negotiations. Most engineers will acknowledge that agreements are important. After all, the California State Board for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors (BPELS) requires Engineers and Land Surveyors to enter into a written agreement for rendered services. But just how close do we need to look at them? Can we avoid the lawyer sounding stuff at the end and focus on clearly defining our scope of work and fee? What about public agency contracts? Do we really have to take them or leave them as we sometimes hear? And if we do question or challenge a public agency contract will this potentially affect our chances of developing a long-lasting, mutually beneficial relationship with them?  

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