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Business Insights Solutions for the A/E Industry CASE Contracts Reflect Evolving Industry Standards, Practices The Council for American Structural Engineers (CASE) developed 17 contract documents to help firms manage risk and safety on structural engineering projects. A wellwritten contract offers protection from problematic language that could leave your firm vulnerable to costly disputes. The CASE Contracts Committee updated each contract to reflect changing industry standards and practices. Each contract also includes language on both indemnification and risk allocation and incorporates expanded language on attorney and expert fee costs. These model contracts provide a template that can be customized to address specific firm needs. All CASE contracts can be purchased from the ACEC Bookstore at Registered Continuing Education Program (RCEP) Grows More than 60,000 professional engineers and surveyors now use the Registered Continuing Education Program ( to find and track their professional development activities. The interactive, online continuing education system recognizes education providers that have been vetted using established continuing education standards, so practitioners can report professional development hours (PDHs) to state licensing boards with confidence of acceptance. A/E/C industry professionals who need continuing education hours can find more than 125 educational offerings on the RCEP master calendar of activities. Practitioners use for storing certificates of completion issued by RCEP providers, uploading important professional documents, maintaining a complete PDH history through the self-reporting of outside activities, and downloading transcripts. Course Focus: Business of Design Consulting ACEC's highly regarded Business of Design Consulting course offers a unique playbook for building leadership and managing your firm at the most effective levels. Join us in Denver, March 23-26, 2016, where ACEC's expert faculty of industry practitioners will review contemporary best practices and critical operational management methods. The course will highlight current strategies for critical, need-to-know business topics that will keep a business thriving despite a rapidly evolving business environment. Attendees also will learn specific skills and techniques to help them manage change and build 42 ENGINEERING INC. JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2016 success in performance management, strategic planning and growth, finance, leadership, ownership transition, contracts and risk management, and marketing. For more information, visit calendar-seminar/business-of-design-consulting-denver2016/. Webinar Focus: Recent Developments in Design and Construction Case Law Design and construction law is complicated and replete with traps for the unwary. Staying abreast of recent developments in this field of law is important for managing risk and increasing profitability. An upcoming webinar, Recent Developments in Design and Construction Case Law, will be held on January 27, 2016, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. EST. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from mistakes of other A/E firms. Topics will include how to understand recent developments and trends in design and construction law, how to identify risks associated with professional services delivery, and how to review interpretations of the enforceability of relevant contract provisions For more information, visit ACEC Webinars provide quality programming on critical engineering business topics. They cover a wide range of practical dayto-day resources, knowledge-sharing opportunities and best practice guidance to enhance business operations and make firms more profitable. ACEC Webinars offer 1.5 professional development hours unless otherwise specified. For a full listing of ACEC live and on-demand webinars, visit FOR MORE BUSINESS INSIGHTS ■ Better Business Planning ■ Factoring Executive Compensation ■ Cyberattacks and Data Security ■ High-Impact Proposal Writing Go to: ACEC's Business Resources and Education Department provides comprehensive and onlineaccessible business management education. Visit ACEC's online educational events calendar at or bookstore at, or call 202-347-7474, ext. 324, for further information.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Engineering Inc. - January/February 2016

Engineering Inc. - January/february 2016
Table of Contents
From ACEC to You
Market Watch
Legislative Action
Turning Back the Tides
2016 Legislative Outlook
Racing to Help
Going Global
Smooth Sailing
2016 Annual Convention Preview
Business Insights
Mergers and Acquisitions
Members in the News
Guest Column

Engineering Inc. - January/February 2016