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What are the responsibilities of construction Engineers?

Published on: Tue, 2013-12-10 14:18

The structural design of contemporary buildings, and the design of their mechanical and electrical installations, has become so sophisticated and complex that it is beyond the technical knowledge and experience of architects, and is, therefore undertaken by engineers trained and experienced in this type of work. Like the other members of the professional team, the engineer who is normally signed an agreement with the employer of the building, and is liable to his client for any negligence in the execution of his professional duties.


Construction engineers have a lot of responsibilities. Analyzing reports is the main part of their job description. They must analyze maps, drawings, blueprints, aerial photography and other topographical information. It is the construction engineer's job to make sure that everything is conducted correctly. Accordingly, they have to see the safety of all the workers undertaking the construction works.  In addition to safety, the construction engineer has to make sure that the site stays clean and sanitary. Surveying the land while construction is in progress is also the construction engineer's responsibility. Construction engineers have to make sure that there are no impediments in the way of the structure's planned location and must move any that might exist. They also must estimate costs and keep the project under budget. Construction engineers have to test soils and materials used for adequate strength. Finally, construction engineers have to provide construction information including repairs and cost changes to the managers of the construction work.


To this end, construction engineers have many activities that they must do every day. Those activities include drafting, decision making, computer interaction, communication, documentation, creative thinking, organizing, information collecting, estimating and analyzing. Construction engineers use drafting to design structures and show it to on others how to build them. They have to analyze information and make the best decision and solve problems. Computers are important tools used by construction engineers. They use them to write programs and solve equations. Communication is used everyday to interact with co-workers and supervisors. Documentation is used to record important information that needs to be passed on to The management. Most documenting is done electronically. Creative thinking is used to come up with new ideas and to solve problems. Construction engineers have to be organized to accomplish goals and prioritize jobs. They have to gather information on the task at hand before they can start a project. This will help them to ensure that the job is completed correctly. In order to keep a project under budget, construction engineers have to estimate costs of materials and workers. Finally, they have to analyze data to find answers to problems that they encounter on the job site.

Issues of Dispute occurrences between Client and Consultant

1.consultant do not complete the services in the scope, that is; projects not satisfying the functional objectives set for and anticipated of;

2. Consultant do not complete the services on time,

3.clients do not present their complete requirements in the terms of reference, and changing the initial project idea or need additional works to be included in the project during completion stage of the design and/or throughout construction,

4. Clients do not pay the service charges on time, and resistance on settlement of consultant’s fee on delayed projects,

5. Inadequate underground investigations by consultant;

6. Consultant’s incomplete and /or wrong design and/or drawing and/or specifications; poor quality of design and missing details, design faults and/or inaccuracies occurred are detected during construction,

7. Inadequate Engineer’s cost estimate submitted for purpose of budget allocation to the project; mainly variations due to increase of work volume that has impact on budget of the client,

8. Inadequate effort in the control for conformance of qualities, dimensions, etc. vis-à-vis to those set out in the contract documents,

9. Competence of professionals assigned by the consultant,

10. Failure to give approvals and instructions,

11. Not understanding or neglecting the conditions of contract by the consultant,

12. Employer’s interference on the contract administration works of the consultant,

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