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The AISC Code of Standard Practice is a standard clause referenced in
Fabricator sub-contract agreements.  Unless the engineer specifically
exempts these provisions or specific parts thereof in the specifications,
you will find the Code applies in most cases.

In what way do you believe the Code of Standard Practice increases the
engineers liability exposure?

Paul Feather

----- Original Message -----
From: Mark Gilligan <MarkKGilligan(--nospam--at)>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Sent: Tuesday, March 07, 2000 10:23 PM
Subject: Shop Drawings

>>>The shop drawing process typically protects the fabricator. By reviewing
shop drawings the engineer is indicating that the fabricator has correctly
interpreted the design drawings, and if subsequent changes are requested
fabricator is contractually entitled to compensation.  <<<

This above statement reflects the position taken in the AISC Code of
Standard Practice and is true only if the Owner has agreed to it in the
Contract.  This typically happens when the engineer references the Code of
Standard Practice in the specifications.  Many engineers will add wordage
to the specifications to the extent that when the Code of Standard Practice
is referenced this and other similar commercial conditions do not apply.

The AISC Code of Standard Practice is inconsistent with AIA A201 and many
other general conditions and should not be used without modification.  More
engineers should read the AISC Code of Standard Practice before they
referece it since it can significantly increase your and the Owners
liability exposure.

Mark Gilligan