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     I would discuss with the Principle what the drafter is doing and go
from there.  2nd part :  I did an addition for a guy that was also a
builder.  I had about 7 or 8 sheets planned and was finished with the first
three.  He requested them to get a permit so I forwarded them.  He got the
permit and started building it.  I was then obliged to continue by sending
details by fax for the next step in construction.

     Since then I include in the contract a statement like: "The owner
agrees to not commence construction until notified in writing by......"
Another thing that I have found useful is a statement " The owner agrees to
not hold the (you) liable, accountable or responsible directly or indirectly
for decisions made by the owner or contractor."

-----Original Message-----
From: Ed Fasula <tibbits2(--nospam--at)>
To: seaint(--nospam--at) <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Date: Wednesday, February 16, 2000 3:01 PM
Subject: Office Communication Challenges

I work in a small office that recently expanded from 1 to 3.  I have noted
that nearly every problem that has come up in project work can be attributed
to a communication break-down between the Principal, myself, and the
drafter.  One of the most nerve-racking instances is when the drafter starts
pulling details and sections off other jobs, and I'm not clear what has come
from the Principal, and what comes from the drafter.  I have suggested color
coding or layering to the drafter several times, but he just does not do it.
Before I wring his neck about it, I thought it would be good to see what
solutions others have come up with.

Another, much less common, source of confusion it when preliminary ideas are
misunderstood as finished designs.  Other problems occur when three
different people are talking to the client.  I'd like to hammer out some
rudiments of an office procedure before the season is hot & heavy on us.  Of
course, the challenge is always to spend *less* time on projects, not more.
Maybe the best solution is to simply take an hour (still very hard to come
by) at the end of a project and review together... any ideas or experiences
shared much appreciated, as always.

Ed Fasula EIT