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Engineering Consultant’s Contractual Obligations

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The success of a project hinges on the excellence exhibited by the consultant in the project appraisal, conceptualization and planning stage as well as at the execution stage. The consulting engineer should exercise all reasonable skills, care and diligence in rendering the services and should carry out all his responsibilities in accordance with contractual stipulations and recognized standards. Best engineering practices to be followed, accepting full responsibility for work, timely completion of services, meeting contractual commitments and obligations, designer’s performance guarantee, operating in a highly ethical manner without getting involved in grey area (confidentiality of drawings and reports, avoiding conflict of interest, avoiding use of clients’ resources, respect for the clients’ project team, time and money etc.), indemnity against patent / copyright infringement, etc. are important contractual obligations of the engineering consultant. Irrespective of the size of the firm, the consultants should have an ethical and professional standing. It should be independent and should have no corporate, financial or other links with the process or equipment suppliers and the package executing contractors, or other executing agencies. This is essential to ensure impartial technical advice on the project, without pressures or conflict of interests or prejudices.

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