Engineering Construction Specifications The Road to Better Quality Lower Cost Reduced Litigation By Joseph Goldbloom pdf.
Engineering Construction Specifications The Road to Better Quality Lower Cost Reduced Litigation By Joseph Goldbloom.
The book is not merely a primer in how technically to specify the bricks and mortar of construction. It extends to the philosophical underpinnings of the construction process, involving issues of fundamental fairness and risk allocation as between owner and constructor.
The book is scholarly and at the same time intensely practical. It describes current specifications practices, defines good practices, and admonishes against specifically defined poor practices. The book lays out potential pitfalls in specifications and how to avoid them. It defines when, and under what circumstances, to seek legal counsel. The book is filled with illustrative case histories from the author’s extensive experience in construction.
In the same manner that the book instructs on how to prepare well organized, well-written specifications, the book, itself, is exceptionally well organized and well written. Explanations are clear and concise; technical jargon is avoided. The book is a pleasure to read.
The book is nearly encyclopedic. It contains a wealth of information, including checklists, sources of information for specifications writers, a bibliography, and specimen provisions. It is extensively cross-referenced. It is both a valuable primer for students and beginning specifications writers and an invaluable reference for the seasoned practitioner. Joe Goldbloom is to be congratulated on producing an absolutely superb, if not monumental, book that fills a void in current construction literature.
There are two major areas of designed construction:
(1) Building (architectural) construction, whose design is performed and supervised by architects. This type of construction is sometimes referred to as vertical construction.
(2) Engineered construction, which this book is concerned with, includes the construction of bridges, highways, tunnels, dams, pipelines, airfields, rapid transit facilities, and other types of construction that utilize the designs of engineers. This type of construction is generally referred to as heavy construction.
When a construction contract is signed, the Specifications become the rule book that governs the performance of the Work and controls the official relations between the Contractor, Owner, and Engineer. This book has been prepared for both the practicing engineer and the student of engineering. It is presented in two parts:
Part I, Explaining Engineering Construction Specifications, is directed to the student. It describes and explains the elements that make up the set of engineering construction specifications. Part I presents the “whys” and “wherefores” of the various requirements and instructions encountered in the Specifications. It also explains construction contracts and the relationship of the Plans and Specifications.
Part II, Preparing and Presenting Engineering Construction Specifications, is devoted to the specification writer. It presents guidelines and recommendations, “do’s” and “don’ts,” and pitfalls to be avoided in preparing Specifications. Among the items discussed are: the difference in responsibilities represented by “quality control” and “quality assurance”; identifying and controlling the risks in construction; full disclosure of known information; and the Engineer’s responsibility when assigned authority to supervise the Contractor’s work, or to
suspend his operation.
The reader will benefit by reviewing related material that is presented in both Part I and Part II. This will particularly hold true for Chapters 4 and 11, dealing with the General Conditions, and Chapters 5 and 12, dealing with the Bidding Documents.
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