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Fee sense


The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) is taking an interesting stand in getting involved in the debate on fees.

There are two big problems in the industry at the moment.

Firms that have a good professional indemnity insurance claims record do not benet from their efforts to keep their slate clean. As things stand they are subsidising rms that are not careful enough to avoid mistakes and accidents.

There is also extensive ambiguity and confusion over the word 'design' - that is, who does what during the design stages and the contribution that the engineer and specialist designers must make.

Structural design progresses through concept, feasibility study, analysis, nal design and then detail for construction.

If the IStructE is providing guidance on working practices in the context of the overall design and detailing of a project, this would be useful.

Fee returns would hugely benet from cutting the number of inconsequential meetings, getting decisions made in time to suit the requirements of manufacture and from showing the true cost of late changes.

John Rushton (M), jrushton@pba. co. uk

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