CIVIL engineer services; Normal and Additional Services- Nigeria

To engage the services of a civil engineer in your project, it is equally important to understand the scope of professional services rendered by the civil engineer, these services will be classified into two; Normal services and Additional Services just like Architect services. it is also good to know when he act as a prime consultant or a Consultant.

Can Civil engineer be a prime consultant ?

Yes, Civil engineer becomes a prime consultant when he is the leader of the Team of consultants on a project. He conceives and initiates the project, produces the guiding designs or sketches, co-ordinates and in some cases manages the project.

What type of project can Civil engineer be a prime consultant ?

A civil engineer will be a prime consultant in the following project; roads design, road construction, bridges, flyover, Calverts , tunnels and any other major civil works.

Normal services:

The normal services of a civil engineer on a project will be divided into 3 stages. Each stage when completed has a percentage of money to be paid to Civil engineer based on professional scale of fees.

Stage 1: Preliminary design

It include the following services;

(1) Seek the brief from, and discuss with the Client the role of the consultant Engineer and his relationship with the need for other consultants.

(2) Seek from the Client all the information to be provided by the client and Prepares a questionnaire for the client to seek further clarification for his requirements.

(3) Advise the Client on limitations caused by topography, road and public access to the site both during construction of the project, on completion and any identification previous uses that may affect the design options.

(4) Obtains such information as is reasonably available from documents on the existence and extent of public services such as water, gas, electricity, telecommunications, sewage, culverts, tunnels and any physical site restriction which affect the engineering options for the project and comment on the same to the Client.

(5) Make initial recommendation to the client on the technical viability of the project with suggestions for amending the brief.

(6) Advise the Client on the need for geo-technical investigation, topographical and other surveys of the site to obtain details of construction in existence on or adjacent to the site.

(7) Arrange on behalf of the Client when authorized by him for such investigations to be Undertaken by appropriate professional and certify the amount of any payment to be made by the client for the carrying out of such investigations.

(8) Develop the Client’s requirements into a definitive brief for the project in continuation with the Client and any other consultants and consider alternatives outline solutions to the project.

(9) Provide sufficient preliminary information in the form of Advise, sketches and reports or outlines specifications to enable any other consultants to prepare their outline proposals and inputs to the outline cost plan.

(10) Collate, co-ordinate and present the outline proposals and cost plan to the client.

(11) After receiving the Client’s approval of the outline proposals and the client’s consent to proceed to the Next stage: he will do the following

(a) Liaise as may be necessary with the Client or any consultant, Prepare and submit an outline programme for the whole of the design.

(b) Integrate the services of any other consultants in relation to the next stage ( scheme Design) and the results of their work with that of the consulting Engineer.

(c) Develop the design of the outline proposals for the project in collaboration with any other consultants.

(d) Prepare or seek from others such representative sketches.

(e) Drawings, specifications and or calculations as are necessary to enable the consulting Engineer or any other consultant to prepare the cost plan.

(f) Prepare or Seek from others such information as is necessary to enable the consulting Engineer or any other consultant to prepare the scheme Design; present the scheme Design and cost plan to the client, drawing attention any significant differences from the previously agreed requirements of the client.

Stage 2. Scheme development

His services include:

(1) Develop the design of the project in collaboration with other consultants and Prepare detailed calculations, detailed construction and working drawings, detailed bending schedule and detailed specifications to facilitate the preparation of Tender documents for the project.

(2) Co-ordinate the services of any other consultants to Develop the details of the project.

(3) Monitor the activities of any other consultant to measure actual progress against the programme and report to the client.

(4) Following submission of drawings and other information relevant to the project by any other consultants, co-ordinate dimensional and similar requirements including builder’s work, provision for building services and any special provisions for the fixing of non- structural cladding and other components.

(5) Check that the design information provided by the other consultants are integrated.

(6) Advise the Client as to the suitability of persons and firms to be invited to tender for any contract involving the construction, supply and or installation of all or part of the project or the works.

(7) Advise the Client on the need for any special conditions of contract relevant to the project and on the appropriate forms of contract and invitation to Tender for the project.

(8) Notify the Client of the completion of the developed Design of the project.

(9) Seek the Client’s consent to proceed to the Tender stage.

(10) Assemble the Tender documents and issue to Firms invited to Tender.

(11) With the assistance of any other consultants, Advise the Client on the relative merits of Tenders received for carrying out all or part of the project.

(12) Prepare such calculations and details as may be required for submission to appropriate statutory authority for the purpose of applying for necessary approvals for the construction of the project.

(13) Monitor the activities of any other consultants with regard to any submissions they are making in applying for statutory approvals in respect of the project and to measure actual progress against the programme and report to the client.

Stage 3.

Addvising the Client on the need for Special inspection or testing during manufacturer and installation of such electrical and mechanical materials, machinery and plants supplied for incorporation in the works and arranging and witnessing acceptance tests. Also the following;

(a) Advising the client or other consultants on the appointment of the site staff.

(b) Making such visit to the site at least once a month as the consulting Engineer shall consider necessary to satisfy himself as to the performance of any site staff and to satisfy himself that the works are executed generally according to contract and otherwise in accordance with good engineering practice.

(c) Giving all necessary instructions to the contractor, provided that the consulting Engineer shall not without the prior approval of the client give any instructions which in the opinion of the consulting Engineer are likely to increase the cost of the works.

(d) Advising the client or other consultants as to the need to vary any part of the project for a reason or reason relating to the works.

(e) Approving the contractor’s commissioning procedures and performance tests and inspecting the works on completion.

(f) Performing any services which the consulting Engineer May be required to carry out under documents which he had prepared relating to the works. The consulting Engineer May decline to perform any services specified in a contract, the terms of which have not initially been expressly approved by him in writing.

(g) Delivery to the client on the completion of the works such Records drawing; manufacturer’s manual, contractors operating instructions, where appropriate, certificate of works test that are as reasonably necessary to enable the Client to operate and maintain the works.

(h) Examining the contractor’s proposals, programme of work, method statement etc.

(I) Issuing certificate for payment to the contractor.

(j) Assisting in setting any difference which may arise between the client and the contractor provided that this service shall not extend to Advising the client following the taking of any step in or towards any arbitration or litigation in connection with the works.

Additional Services

It includes:

(1) Prepare any report or additional contract documents required for consideration of proposals for the carrying out of alternative works. Carry out works in connection with any application by the Client for any order, section, licence, permit or other consent, approval or authorisation necessary to enable the works to proceed.

(2) Carry out works arising from failure of the client toward a contract in due time.

(3) Check and or Advise upon any part of the project not designed by the consulting Engineer.

(4) Provide Services in connection with the funding, sale or letting of the project including all necessary liaison with legal and financial advisors and any checking consultants of surveyors appointed on behalf of funding organizations and or potential purchasers of leases.

(5) Make visits to site.

(6) Carry out work including additional site visits consequent upon any assignment of a contract by the contractor or Upon the failure of the contractor or any of his sub-contractors properly to perform any contractual obligation or upon delay by the client in fulfilling his obligations. Advise the Client with regard to any dispute or difference which involves matters excluded from stage 2 (j).

(7) Carry out work in conjunction with others employed to provide any of the services excluded from stage 1, no 11 ( a- f) above.

(8) Provide as- built drawings of the works. Which include the following;

(a) Specialist technical Advice on any aspect of the works.

(b) Legal, financial and other professional services.

(c) Services in connection with the valuation, purchase, sale or leasing of lands and the obtaining of way lease.

(d) The surveying of sites or existing works.

(e) Investigation of the nature and strength of existing works and the making of model or Special investigations.

(f) The carrying out of Special inspection or tests advised by the consulting Engineer under stage 3 no 1a.

Project Management

It includes:

(1) Identification of the Client’s objectives and priorities.

(2) Development and preparation of the brief.

(3) Prepare an option feasibility report

(4) Execute a risk analysis exercise

(5) Establish the budget and the total project programme

(6) Advise on the design team selection.

(7) Establish and manage integrated communication and information systems between the Client and the Design Team.

(8) Advise on the appropriate procurement strategy.

(9) Establish the pre-contract control systems and execute a value analysis exercise.

(10) Monitor planning permission and other statutory consents.

(11) Facilitate and receive Tenders evaluation report including the selection of contractors.

(12) Establish the post contract time, cost and quality control and management systems.

Monitor and receive from prime consultant regularly through to the project completion commissioning.

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