Excerpt from Law and Business of Engineering and Contracting: With Numerous Forms and Blanks for Practical Use The matter contained in this book is the result or elaboration of a series of lectures delivered to the engineering students of the University of Washington during several years past. The additional matter that has been added in the shape of forms of contracts, specifications, and blank business forms will be found of advantage to both the student and the practicing engineer, and it is hoped that the entire work will be a valuable addition to the engineer's library. It is sincerely hoped that the discussion of the relation between the engineer and contractor in Chapter I will result, in many cases, in a better feeling between the engineer and the contractor as they may come together on contract work. The writer has made it a lifelong study to further the good feeling that should exist between them, but must confess to having made so little progress as to despair of seeing a better condition of affairs result. Yet the writer is convinced that by continually keeping at it, on the part of those having this matter at heart, much good will eventually come about. The subject of ordinary forms of contracts is one on which there has been much written, and is a subject on which the engineer should be well posted as to fundamentals. In addition to reading the standard works on the subject of contracts, it is very easy for each engineer to get together such standard forms as are valuable and file them in shape for handy reference. It is believed that the forms given herein will be found of much use to everyone as a basis for a larger collection. The subject of ordinary specifications, as treated in Chapter III, is intended to serve as a discussion of the anatomical structure of ordinary specifications. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.