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Author Thomas, H. Randolph, 1945-

Title Interpreting construction contracts : fundamental principles for contractors, project managers, and contract administrators / H. Randolph Thomas, Ralph D. Ellis, Jr
Published Reston, VA : American Society of Civil Engineers, [2007]
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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 451 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction -- Basic concepts -- What is a contract? -- Fundamental principles -- Types of changes and disputes -- Notice requirements -- Extra work and oral change orders -- Rules for contract interpretation -- Differing site conditions -- Misrepresentations -- Defective specifications -- The no-damages-for-delay clause -- Substantial completion -- Liquidated damages
Summary "Every day, engineers and managers are called upon to understand and execute the terms of construction contracts. Often, these professionals have little or no legal training and find themselves relying upon intuition, common sense, or hearsay - with possibly unfortunate and expensive results."
"In Interpreting Construction Contracts, Thomas and Ellis seek to rescue contractors, project managers, and contract administrators struggling to interpret these contracts. By using rules set forth by the judiciary and drawing upon decades of legal research and practical experience, the authors discuss the most troublesome contract clauses and present rules to construe them so as to avoid disputes that must be resolved in court. Diagrams and case studies appear, as well as over 70 discussion exercises and solutions, reinforcing the principles introduced in each chapter."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Construction contracts -- United States -- Interpretation and construction.
Construction contracts -- United States.
Contractors -- United States -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Project managers -- United States -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Genre/Form Handbooks and manuals.
Handbooks and manuals.
Form Electronic book
Author Ellis, Ralph D. (Civil engineer)
LC no. 2007042067
ISBN 0784471908 (electronic bk.)
9780784471906 (electronic bk.)