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ENG307 Legal Dimension
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Considerations Knowledge of law helps engineers in their practice Many of engineers actions or inactions  could have legal implications for the organisation Engineers need to know enough about the  legal aspects of engineering practice to  recognize when will be the need to take  certain actions or to know when would  legal advice be prudent. [Engineering your future, S.G. Walesh]
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Considerations Basic principles and broad guidelines of law  needed by engineers/technical professionals: 1. Preparing contracts for services 2. Interpretation of contracts once a project  is underway 3. Managing to minimise personal and organisational liability [Dunham,  C.W,  RD  Young  and  JT  Bockrath,  1979.  Contracts, specifications and law  for engineers, 3rd Ed/ New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company]
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Considerations 4. Anticipating and/or preparing for expert  witness testimony 5. Being aware of requirements in laws and  rules 6. Being aware of the ways in which  government may provide funding for client’s projects 7. Being aware of relevant pending or recent legislation and possible impacts on projects [Dunham,  C.W,  RD  Young  and  JT  Bockrath,  1979.  Contracts, specifications and law 
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Considerations Breach: – Violation of a right, a duty or a law, either by an act of commission or by nonfulfillment of an obligation Fraud: – Intentionally deceitful practice aimed at depriving another person of his rights or doing him injury in some respect • Negligence: – “ breaches. .duty to exercise requisite care and expertise. .below the appropriate standard of care.” • Liability – Being bound or obligated according to law or  equity
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Some engineering services can expose the firm to liability studies Breach: contract promised X meeting, only had Y Interpreting  physical  restrictions  as  to  the  use  of  the land Negligence: failed to allow for building set backs Preparing  drawings  or  verifying  and  interpreting existing drawings or construction Negligence: proposed water main conflicts with natural gas line Breach: drawings late
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This note was uploaded on 02/26/2011 for the course ENG 307 taught by Professor Dr.t.t.wong during the Spring '11 term at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

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