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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Christopher Wright [mailto:chrisw(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Thursday, July 01, 1999 3:36 PM
> To: SEAOC Newsletter
> Subject: bidding [was: (Over-Runs)]
> Exactly how do you avoid 'bidding' on a job, anyway.

You select an engineer based on qualifications, convinced that he or she can
do the job for you. You make this selection the same way you decide on any
professional whose services you require: get recommendations from those you
trust, interview him, ask to see examples of his work, etc.

Then, after you're comfortable with that, you discuss the scope of the
project, relying on your engineer to help you formulate that. Then you say,
"good, why don't you send over a cost proposal?"

>From there, you negotiate till you reach an agreement on the scope and the
attendant fee for that scope.

The point is that engineers are not carpenters.