skip to main content

Liability of Engineers: How to Stay Out of Trouble

8 PDHs |  Monday, March 22 and Tuesday, March 23

Special Offer:  A professional liability Risk Management Credit of 10% is earned when you attend the ASCE continuing education seminar, Liability of Engineers: How to Stay out of Trouble and purchase professional liability insurance from the ASCE Sponsored Program. The seminar must have been completed within the past 15 months. You must submit a Certificate of Attendance at the time of your application for coverage. At least one principal of the firm must submit a certificate for the firm to receive a credit. The maximum Risk Management Credit is 10% of your total premium.


Peter Liloia III, Esq., A.M.ASCE

Great presenter! He is very knowledgeable and covered the topic perfectly. — Jeffry Lovell, Lovell Engineering Associates, Valdosta, GA

Purpose and Background

There has been an expansion over the years of the liability of engineers for design, job site inspection, safety, and contract administration. This course will cover the responsibilities and liabilities of engineers, both contractually and from case law. It will provide an understanding of the interrelationships between engineers, owners, and contractors on a project and the contract and legal principles which apply thereto. You will learn how to head off problems by using the right contract language including clean and fair terms. Advice will be given on actions to take during the design phase and the construction phase, which will minimize problems. The seminar will be presented in an informal, interactive style using real-life examples. Participants will be given practical, hands-on advice and guidance on how to best conduct themselves and thus, avoid trouble.

Seminar Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the responsibilities and liabilities of engineers, owners, and contractors.
  • Eliminate problems up front by using the right language and procedures in the contract and specification.
  • Discover what preemptive actions should be taken to reduce and eliminate liability issues and avoid problems down the road.

Assessment of Learning Outcomes

Case studies, real-life examples, and class exercises will be used to assess achievement of learning outcomes.

Who Should Attend?

  • Consulting Engineers
  • Field Engineers and Superintendents
  • Project Managers and Project Engineers
  • Government Agencies and Public Owners
  • Private Owners and Developers
  • Construction Managers
  • Contractors and Subcontractors
  • Architects
  • Attorneys

Seminar Outline 

Day 1 | Time: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET

  • Liability of Engineers
    • Design
    • Inspection and Contract Administration
    • Means and Methods; Safety
    • Shop Drawing Approval
    • Actions Engineers Can Take to Minimize Exposure
  • Effect of Incomplete, Ambiguous, or Incorrect Design Documents
    • Impact on Project and to Contractor
    • Consequences to Engineer
    • Ways to Reduce Claims and Mitigate Impact

Day 2 | Time: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET

  • How Fair Contracts Work for You/How Harsh Contracts Can Hurt You 
    • Site Investigation/Subsurface Conditions
    • No Damage for Delay
    • Indemnification
    • Notice of Claim
    • Design Professional Attempts to Absolve Himself From Liability For His Own Mistakes
  • Differing Site Conditions and Subsurface Investigation
    • Purpose
    • Common Occurrences
    • Effect of Site Investigation Clauses and Disclaimers
    • Superior Knowledge Doctrine

Decided on your courses? Register now!

Back to Program

jump to top