Tag Archive for Tag: Resident Engineer

Tag: Resident Engineer The role of the resident engineer

The resident engineer should contact separate and nominated sub-contractors or suppliers, advising them construction has started, getting them to confirm their delivery times. He should also make sure that all technical queries are settled. Where suppliers have to manufacture substantial equipment, he will check their progress, and may visit them to make personal contact. He will do everything possible to prevent any delays occurring and,

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Tag: Resident Engineer Gifts and hospitality

At Christmas – and other festive occasions – cheerful visitors may appear at the door of the RE’s office, wishing him and his staff the season’s greetings and perhaps extending some gifts. Politely but firmly, without giving offence, the good wishes may be accepted but not the gifts. No doubt the gift is innocently intended: the contractor or an ‘approved’ sub-contractor or supplier may be

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Tag: Resident Engineer The resident engineer’s staff

Except for the largest jobs the RE’s staff on UK sites will be quite small. Two or three assistant engineers and two or three inspectors might be needed for a £25 million project in the UK; but much depends on the nature of the work. There is usually a considerable amount of work for assistant engineers to do during the first one-third period

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Tag: Resident Engineer More difficult cases of trouble

agent make a mess of things. He cannot step in and tell the agent how to do his job, but he may see time wasted, unsuitable methods tried and abandoned, errors having to be rectified, and lack of control and proper planning. He may get to hear, in a roundabout way, of complaints from the agent’s men about the way the job is run.

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Tag: Resident Engineer Handling troubles

There will be times when troubles arise; such as when bad workmanship comes to light, or quite unsuitable methods are being used. It is the RE’s duty to have the work rectified or the unsuitable methods stopped. This is easy to say, but not so easy to carry out in practice. The first requirement is that bad workmanship ought to be discovered at the

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Tag: Resident Engineer Relationship between the resident engineer and the contractor’s agent

The RE must not be surprised to find that, on a new job, he is at first treated with considerable circumspection by the agent. He has to be, because one of the unknown factors the contractor has yet to discover which is of considerable importance to him, is what kind of RE will be in charge. The agent will  can daily affect the

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Tag: Resident Engineer The resident engineer’s duties with regard to safety

The safety regulations applying to construction in the UK are described in detail in Chapter 10. Under the CDM Regulations, there must be a health and safety plan drawn up by the employer’s planning supervisor and extended by the ‘principal contractor’ to cover special or unusual aspects of the project. Primarily it is the responsibility of the contractor to comply with such a plan

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Tag: Resident Engineer Some important points the resident engineer should watch

Some important provisions of the ICE conditions of contract that need to be borne in mind by the RE are as follows: 1. All instructions to the contractor have to be given in writing or, if given orally, have to be confirmed in writing ‘as soon as is possible under the circumstances’ (Clause 2(6)(b)). 2. If the contractor receives an oral instruction and

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Tag: Resident Engineer Some common problems

The following are typical of some common problems the resident engineer – frequently referred to as ‘the RE’ below – may have to deal with. 1. The contractor will not undertake some variation of the work the RE orders unless he receives a VO signed by the engineer in advance. This usually means the contractor wants to know in advance what he will

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Tag: Resident Engineer Powers not delegated to the resident engineer

There are certain powers which the ICE conditions do not permit the engineer to delegate to his resident engineer. These are: • payment or extension of time for adverse physical conditions or artificial obstructions (i.e. Clause 12 claims); extensions of time for completion; • issue of substantial completion certificates, defects correction certificate and final certificate for payment; • notice that the contractor has

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