SmartRisk Checklist Can Help Your Firm Shore Up Cybersecurity
SmartRisk Checklist Can Help Your Firm Shore Up Cybersecurity
March 20, 2017

Architecture and engineering firms are still learning how to cope with a growing cybersecurity threat. According to this year’s Global Application and Network Security Report from Radware, nearly half of all companies experienced a cyber ransomware attack in 2016. Vulnerability to loss of personal data, exposure of sensitive or proprietary information, etc., is also on […]

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Design Professionals and the Give-and-Take of
Design Professionals and the Give-and-Take of "Standard Contracts"
October 04, 2016

The word standard implies many things. A bar to be cleared; a rubric to be followed. But for design professionals, the word becomes tricky when applied to contracts. Project owners often want to keep things simple by requiring so-called Standard Contracts for all parties. This is a problem for architects and engineers, especially from an […]

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Demanding General Contractors and How to Meet Them Halfway
Demanding General Contractors and How to Meet Them Halfway
August 24, 2016

Some of the most frequently asked questions we hear are triggered by the disparities between the insurance coverage available to design professionals and the demands made for coverage by general contractors and their standard contracts.   This is a nuanced area, and you should call your local a/e ProNet broker if you have specific questions. In the […]

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Certificates of Insurance:  Why You Can’t Always Have It Your Way
Certificates of Insurance: Why You Can’t Always Have It Your Way
August 05, 2016

Design professionals are often asked by their clients to sign contracts that include comprehensive—sometimes unreasonable—insurance requirements and indemnification terms.  These are usually drafted with the goal of protecting owners, clients, contractors, or other project participants.  But how does this work when the required coverages aren’t found in the commercial insurance marketplace? Certificates of insurance (COIs)—which […]

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Are Hackers a Threat to My Design Firm?
Are Hackers a Threat to My Design Firm?
May 04, 2016

Hackers make headlines daily with targets ranging from major Swiss banks to Minecraft users to German nuclear power plants. But what are the risks to architects and engineers? Professional Liability carrier Victor O. Schinnerer urges design professionals to Take Cyber Liability Exposures Seriously in a recent blog post: Cyber liability problems that have disrupted firm operations often […]

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2015 ACEC Professional Liability Insurance Survey of Carriers in Engineering, Inc.
2015 ACEC Professional Liability Insurance Survey of Carriers in Engineering, Inc.
March 29, 2016

Design firms preparing to purchase or renew professional liability insurance ask the same few questions every year. How will my professional liability premium be calculated? Will my professional liability premium go up? Should I change professional liability insurance companies? One helpful resource to answer these questions is the 2015 Professional Liability Insurance Survey of Carriers, a report […]

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The Down-Low on Broker-Verification Questionnaires
The Down-Low on Broker-Verification Questionnaires
March 02, 2016

In what attorney Brian Stewart calls a “disturbing trend,” more and more project owners design professionals to procure separate questionnaires from their insurance brokers. These “broker-verification questionnaires” are meant to re-state or re-affirm the limits, exclusions, etc. of the relevant insurance policies to the project.  If you’re an architect or engineer who has met push-back […]

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Drones: Should Architects & Engineers use them?
Drones: Should Architects & Engineers use them?
February 25, 2016

They offer a bird’s eye view of construction sites. They provide breathtaking photographic opportunities for architects looking to showcase their work. And they’re fun to fly. However, while they may be intriguing tools for architects and engineers, drones open up the design firms that use them to many possibly unanticipated risks. These days, obtaining a drone is […]

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Document Retention: More Paper or Paper-Less?
Document Retention: More Paper or Paper-Less?
February 08, 2016

Which is better, more or less documentation in your project file after the job is complete? Despite recent advances in technology, document retention has become a difficult, expensive and complex proposition. Computers have changed design professionals’ work flows and methods, greatly increasing efficiencies, but also exponentially multiplying the volume of data; e-mails, attachments, drawing revisions, […]

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