Contracts and the Legal Environment for Engineers and Architects / Edition 7

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The seventh edition of Contracts and the Legal Environment for Engineers and Architects has been written for students in the engineering and architecture fields to teach the basic principles of the law and a ready reference for practicing design professionals. This edition has been completely updated in recognition of the dynamic changes in the law in recent years.

The text has been entirely reordered and several new chapters and chapter sections have been added. The material in this seventh edition has been reorganized and expanded into seven parts: Part One: Basic principles of the law and court systems in both the United States and globally. Part Two: Basic principles of contracts. Part Three: Relationships of individuals and society focusing upon such areas as agency, partnerships, corporations, insurance and governmental regulations. Part Four: Basic principles of tort law including concepts of negligence and product liability. Part Five: Basic principles of property ranging from real property to intellectual property. Part Six: Impact to the daily practice of a design professional involved in a construction project. Part Seven: The role of the design professional in litigation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073397849
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 1/19/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 459,661
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Bockrath is the R. Gordon Kean Professor of Law at the Louisiana State University Law Center, where he has taught Contracts, Constitutional Law, and several other subjects since 1976. Prior to his arrival at LSU he was an Assistant Professor of Marine Studies at the University of Delaware.

Professor Bockrath is a graduate of Hastings College of Law of the University of California in San Francisco.

Fredric Plotnick is an Adjunct Professor of Engineering in the departments of Engineering Management, Civil Engineering, and Construction Management at Drexel University's Philadelphia Pennsylvania Campus, where he has taught Engineering Law, Contracts Specifications and Law, Techniques of Project Controls, Project Scheduling and several other subjects since 1979. He has also maintained a consulting practice, Engineering and Property Management Consultants, Inc., since 1983, having previously worked for several contracting, consulting and engineering design firms.

Professor Plotnick is a graduate of Drexel University College of Engineering, having a BSCE in Soil and Foundation Engineering and an MSCE in Construction Management, followed by a JD from Widener University School of Law, and returning to Drexel for his PhD in Civil Engineering.

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Table of Contents

Part I Introduction to Law

1. Evolution of Engineering and Law

2. Legal Systems in the United States and the World

3. Substantive v Procedural Law

4. Systems of Courts
Questions on Introduction to Law
Part II Law of Contracts

5. Types of Contracts

6. Formation of Contracts

7. Procedural Issues in Formation of Contracts

8. Terms and Conditions

9. Privity and Third Party Beneficiaries

10. Construction and Interpretation

11. Discharge of Obligations

12. Issues with Discharge by Performance

13. Remedies for Breach of Contract
Questions on Law of Contracts
Part III Relationships of Individuals and Society

14. Agency

15. Partnerships

16. Corporations

17. Insurance

18. Bonds and Suretyship

19. Federal Statutes and Regulations
Questions on Law of Relationships
Part IV Law of Torts

20. Definition and Scope of Torts

21. Torts Based Upon Intentional Actions

22. Torts Based Upon Negligent Actions

23. Torts Without Fault

24. Procedural Issues Relating to Torts

25. Professional Liability for Architects and Engineers
Questions on Law of Torts
Part V Real and Other Property

26. Real and Personal Property

27. Above and Below - Air, Water and Mineral Rights

28. Intellectual Property
Questions on Law of Property
Part VI Application to Engineering and Construction Projects

29. Contracts for Construction Projects

30. Drawings

31. Specifications

32. Specifications for Workmanship

33. Specifications for Materials

34. General Conditions

35. Clauses Relating to Finance

36. Proposals

37. Advertising for Bids

38. Duty to Design-Engineering v Statutory Codes
Questions on Application to Engineering and Construction Issues
Part VII Engineering and Legal Procedure

39. The Engineer's Role in Litigation

40. The Engineer's Role in Arbitration
Questions on Engineers, Architects, and Litigation
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