This paper, written for the "ASCE Manual of Professional Practice for Quality in the Constructed Project, Volume 11," presents an overview of the construction industry. The paper provides a brief history of the development of the construction industry in the United States and its role in today's society. It goes on to explain the organization of the industry and the types of companies that function within the industry. Various forms of construction contracts are discussed, including: lump sum, unit price, guaranteed maximum price, cost reimbursable, construction management, and design construct. Important contract provisions are reviewed, including: bonding, insurance and indemnification, changed conditions, change orders, schedule, liquidated damages, bonus and penalty provisions, payment terms and retainage, subcontracting, partnering, and alternate dispute resolution. The writer explains how construction companies are organized, both at the corporate and field level. The elements of construction engineering practice are described and the qualifications for engineers in construction are listed. The relationships with other civil engineering disciplines and design professionals are noted.


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  • Accession Number: 00711558
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 19 1995 12:00AM