A New A&E Resource: Beazley Pro Inaugural Issue
A New A&E Resource: Beazley Pro Inaugural Issue
August 15, 2013

One of the several excellent insurance companies a/e ProNet works with has a new risk management resource for their professional clients: Beazley Pro. We think our readers will be most interested in the Claims Corner; three scenarios, three discussions, three lessons learned. An example of a claim outlined in the Summer 2013 issue… Engineer granted […]

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a/e ProNet Partners with the Society for Design Administration (SDA)
a/e ProNet Partners with the Society for Design Administration (SDA)
August 08, 2013

In May this year, the Society for Design Administration (SDA), the nation’s largest professional organization for architectural and engineering design firm administrators and managers, announced its endorsement of a/e ProNet. The proper management of professional risk factors such as contract administration, project administration, and document management are known factors in reducing professional risk in a/e […]

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Making the Grade: Testing Design Professional Indemnity Obligations
Making the Grade: Testing Design Professional Indemnity Obligations
July 30, 2013

In•dem•ni•fy Verb. • Compensate (someone) for harm or loss. • Secure (someone) against legal responsibility for their actions. Imagine a case where an engineering firm was found to have had an expensive duty to defend claims asserted against a developer, even after the engineer’s performance was judged not to have violated the professional standard of […]

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California Court Upholds Contractual Statute of Limitations Provision in AIA Standard Form
California Court Upholds Contractual Statute of Limitations Provision in AIA Standard Form
July 19, 2013

California architects can breathe a little easier. Filed June 3, 2013, the Court of Appeals decision in Brisbane Lodging, LP v. Webcor Builders, Inc. held that the section 13.7.1.1 of the 1997 AIA Standard Form of Agreement between Owner and Contractor is enforceable. This is good news for Design Professionals, as section 13.7.1.1 shortens the statute of limitations period […]

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Design Professional Contracts - Words to Avoid
Design Professional Contracts - Words to Avoid
June 27, 2013

At its most basic level, risk management for design firms includes selecting and signing sound contracts. a/e ProNet’s  Risk Management & Contract Guide for Design Professionals (2005) can assist with the specifics of this process. An excerpt from Chapter 7, Some Do’s and Don’ts of Contract Language: 7.2 Words to Avoid Certain words create the impression […]

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How to Get a Design Professional to Work For Free!
How to Get a Design Professional to Work For Free!
June 19, 2013

Now that we have grabbed your undivided attention, the purpose of this article is to alert Design Professionals to an alarming trend. This trend involves the inclusion of contract provisions in agreements prepared by Owners/Developers and their attorneys that force a Design Professional to work for free in the event that the Owner/Developer unilaterally determines […]

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Project Insurance: Benefits and Cautions – Part 2 of 2
Project Insurance: Benefits and Cautions – Part 2 of 2
June 10, 2013

The March 2013 issue of ProNetwork News is the second installment of a two-part article; the author, Tim Corbett of SmartRisk explains the origins and principles of project coverage and introduces the reader to two of the four main types of Project Insurance. For a recap of the first part, including details about types 1 (Project Professional Liability Insurance) […]

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War Stories: Real Life Claims Stories from Architects & Engineers
War Stories: Real Life Claims Stories from Architects & Engineers
May 28, 2013

I shouldn’t need to buy  insurance! I’ve never had a claim. This is a common refrain from architects and engineers purchasing professional liability insurance for the first time. We hear you. There are lots of design professionals who feel this way. That’s why it’s important to recognize that insurance isn’t about punishing you for past […]

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