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- Subject: Use of your work by another engineer.
- From: Stan Johnson <hawneng(--nospam--at)wac.com>
- Date: Mon, 08 Dec 1997 12:58:10 -0800
Here we go again? :^\ A client wants you to do a preliminary design of a large public building. You are to provide drawings and specifications (on paper and perhaps computer file) to the client. It was your original understanding that your drawings were to be for estimating purposes only. Now it appears that the client will want the future engineer to have them as a foundation for his own work. In other words, the drawings that you are to provide are not to say anything like "property of XYZ engineering". Of course, some other engineering firm will likely end up doing the final design of the building. There are a few areas of concern that I have about such a set up: 1. What is the appropriate level of additional compensation for the additional service of providing drawings for use in future work rather than just estimating drawings. 2. What measures are reasonable to take to try to limit undue liability exposure (real or otherwise). 3. What is the appropriate level of additional compensation for any increase in liability (real or otherwise) created by the move from a proprietary set of documents to an open set. 4. The client may end up asking for calculations (on paper or on disk). How does this impact items 1,2,3? With respect to all items: Is this a reasonable arrangement to get into? With respect to Item 3: What are the proper limits of liability in this situation? With respect to Item 4: Is it reasonable for you to provide calcs for a partial design, when the rest of the design will be done by someone else. Should you try to restrict the incorporation or use of your calcs by said future engineer. Should every page of your calcs say, "XYZ engineering makes no warranty? or some other such language" or is this going too far. Also with respect to Item 4: Concerns may extend to calculation computer files. Public agencies often want plans submitted in electronic format, which is generally something like DWG, DXF or some other format that is not only readable, but operable. Are calcs different? If your computer files include spreadsheets or ETABS files (which you spent a fair amount of time developing), is it reasonable to PDF those files (change them to the Acrobat Reader format) so that they are readable but inoperable. Please help Stan Johnson, PE, Do coffee stains count as proprietary information? :o)))
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