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What’s Next?: Drones and transforming policy at GE

by Hogan Lovells on

In this episode, Hogan Lovells Partner and Chair of our Unmanned Aircraft Systems group, Lisa Ellman, speaks with Michael Fitzpatrick, head of Regulatory Advocacy at GE, about drones and other innovative technologies that are...more

The Importance of Knowing Your Industry and Business Leadership

Craig Mills, shareholder and co-chair of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney's Litigation section, talks with Janet Lee, general counsel at ANSYS, a global leader in engineering simulation. Craig and Janet discuss: • The importance...more

California Jury Punishes Former Employees for Unfair Play-Only Lawful Competition is Sacrosanct!

by Fisher Phillips on

Notwithstanding California's strong public policy in favor of lawful competitive behavior, California employees' duty of loyalty to their current employer reigns supreme. A violation of that duty can lead to costly jury...more

National Waterways Conference Requests More Time on Draft 408 Policy

by Downey Brand LLP on

The National Waterways Conference has submitted a letter in response to the notice published in the Federal Register on February 5, 2018, seeking comment on the draft Engineering Circular (EC) on 408 permissions. According...more

Do Architects and Engineers Owe a Legal Duty to Non-Contracting Parties?

by Clark Hill PLC on

Do architects and engineers owe a common law duty (i.e. non-contractual duty) to Contractors or Owners for alleged negligence, errors, or omissions when performing services? That answer may depend on what services are at...more

President Trump Continues to Make Unmanned Aircraft Systems a Priority

The President’s fiscal 2019 (FY19) budget proposal was outlined yesterday, and it shows a willingness to invest in the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones into the National Airspace System, to the...more

FIDIC 2017: first impressions - a GCC perspective

by DLA Piper on

In December 2017, over 17 years after the publication of its 1999 first editions, FIDIC published the second editions of its "Rainbow Suite" of contracts (the Red, Yellow and Silver books). The FIDIC forms of contract are...more

Architects and Engineers Are Special and the New Tax Law Proves It

by Lane Powell PC on

Architects and engineers are special in several ways, including: 1. Unlike most professional service firms, they tend to accumulate earnings over time (often to fund redemptions at retirement) instead of maximizing current...more

An introduction to FIDIC 2017

by DLA Piper on

For users of engineering contracts globally, 2017 was an eventful year, with both NEC4 and FIDIC publishing new editions of their contracts, albeit that the new FIDIC editions only became available as the year was ending....more

Why Mapping Apps Keep Traffic Engineers Up at Night

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

By now, we've all used a mapping app -- like Apple Maps, Google Maps and Waze – to find the best way from point A to point B. A primary attraction of the apps is that they can filter traffic conditions in real time and...more

FIDIC Updates its Rainbow Suite of Contracts

by Jones Day on

Background: Fédération Internationale Des Ingénieurs-Conseils ("FIDIC")'s Red (Construction), Yellow (Plant and Design and Build) and Silver (EPC) Books ("Rainbow Suite of Contracts") are widely used on major construction and...more

A New FIDIC Rainbow: Red, Yellow and Silver

by White & Case LLP on

Today, at the International Contract Users Conference in London, the Fédération Internationale Des Ingénieurs-Conseils (FIDIC) launched Second Editions of the Red, Yellow and Silver Books as updates to the First Edition...more

Podcast Episode 10 - Negotiating for Project Change and the National Environmental Policy Act

by Locke Lord LLP on

Locke Lord LLP’s Eminent Domain team hosts an original podcast series. In Episode 10, I share some thoughts around negotiating for a change in a project to benefit the utility of the remainder property. I also discuss the...more

FTC’s “Stick With Security” #7: Apply Sound Security Practices When Developing New Products

by Snell & Wilmer on

On September 8, 2017, the FTC released its seventh “Stick with Security” principle, which offered guidance regarding how companies incorporate security by design to prevent or minimize threats in the following ways...more

A new division within the DIFC Courts, the Technology and Construction Division

by Hogan Lovells on

The DIFC Courts, last week, published Part 56 (Technology and Construction Division) of the Court Rules ("Part 56") marking the launch of the Court's new division - the Technology and Construction Division ("TCD"). This...more

Structural engineers score big as Federal Court recognizes and enforces copyright on structure of soccer complex

by Smart & Biggar on

On September 12, 2017, the Federal Court issued its decision in Lainco Inc v Commission Scolaire Des Bois-Francs et al, 2017 CF 825, confirming that the plaintiff’s steel structure for an indoor soccer complex could benefit...more

Judicial acceptance of the SCL Delay and Disruption Protocol 2nd Edition

by White & Case LLP on

The recent Australian case of Santos Ltd v Fluor Australia Pty Ltd [2017] QSC 153 gives credence to the Society of Construction Law Delay & Disruption Protocol 2nd ed in determining the sufficiency of the plaintiff’s pleaded...more

Saudi Arabia moves to 100 percent foreign ownership for engineering consultants

by DLA Piper on

The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) has recently been authorised to grant engineering consultancy licences, signalling a relaxation of foreign ownership restrictions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)....more

Saudi Council of Ministers Approves 100% Foreign Ownership of Engineering Consultancies

by Jones Day on

Currently, Saudi Arabian law permits foreign direct investment in engineering consultancies operating in the private sector only through a professional company licensed by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry ("MOCI")....more

The new NEC4 suite – is the GCC ready?

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During the construction boom in 2007, leading UAE developer Aldar Properties took the pioneering step of adopting the third generation of the New Engineering Contract, the NEC3, to procure the development of the vast...more

NEC4 contracts now published

by White & Case LLP on

The NEC has recently published its much anticipated next generation suite of contracts, NEC4. The NEC has chosen the phrase "evolution not revolution" to describe the NEC4 suite. The new suite remains true to the NEC's...more

James Dalton, Director of Civil Works at USACE, Offers Valuable Perspectives at Annual NAFSMA Conference

by Downey Brand LLP on

One of the best ways to learn about the direction of national flood risk management is to attend the annual conference of the National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies (NAFSMA). The NAFSMA conference is...more

Compensation events under NEC3: Prospective vs Retrospective Assessment

by White & Case LLP on

The NEC3 suite of contracts contemplates compensation events being assessed at around the time they occur or are instructed, based on the forecasted impact of the event.But if the actual cost or delay arising from an event is...more

Suit For Bad Frac Job Requires a Certificate of Merit

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

You are a service company and you’ve been sued for a defective frac job. It looks scary but there’s no detail in the petition and no certificate of merit is attached. ...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: May 2017 #2

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, The Wall Street Journal broke the news that code written by female engineers at Facebook gets rejected much more frequently than code written by male engineers at the company. Five years of data collected by a...more

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