Importance of Well-Prepared Contracts in Assuring Project Quality

In Chapter 7 the diversity of contractual arrangements and types of contract between an owner and contractor, as well as between an owner and an Engineering Office was discussed. Contracts are as diverse as the projects they order. However, they are also only as good as the experience of owners, contractors and engineering offices, and even then "bugs" can creep in. These can cause numer­ous problems, may be difficult to resolve, and the additional time needed to fix such problems may adversely affect the project’s final cost.