Construction contractors may engage consulting engineers to assist with a variety of technical issues associated with their projects. In addition, contractors may benefit from professional advice to assist with bidding, to solve field problems or to resolve claims.
While elements designed for the contractors often represent a small proportion of the overall project, they are disproportionately significant to the contractor’s competitive advantage, safety and profitability. Consequently, contractors need their engineering consultants to have experience, to understand the construction process and to be sensitive to constructability and the cost-risk balance.
Richard J. Driscoll, Consulting Engineer (RJDCE) regularly provides services to contractors, focusing on structural and foundation delegated design submittals, temporary structures and risk management for below-ground construction in the urban environment. RJDCE’s capabilities and experience can also contribute to design-build projects, value engineering proposals and claims support.
See Also: Delegated Design, Support of Excavation, Protection and Monitoring, Underpinning