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Business of Structural Engineering: Day 3

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Let Your Contract Build the Strong Foundation for Your Services: Important Contract Terms for Structural Engineers Serving as Subconsultants
Kevin Sido and Elyse Ryan, Attorneys, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Structural engineers know the importance of a strong foundation! But realize that your best services are easily undermined if constructed on a poor contract. Bargaining for the best agreement as a subconsultant can be difficult; an owner-architect agreement already in place can limit your ability to seek the best terms. Yet even when the opportunity arises to negotiate top terms, will you know what to accept and what to avoid? The speakers are experienced construction contract lawyers who will point out good contract terms you need—and bad terms you don’t want.

Project Management and Project Financial Indicators
John Geddie, President, Geddie & Associates Inc.
Project profitability can easily be eroded without proactive project management. Learn methods of properly scoping a project to ensure fees not only cover costs but provide a sufficient profit to the firm. Discover when and how to use value pricing, the appropriate use of contingency, and how to get clients to pay for additional services.

  • Course will award 2.0 hours of continuing education
Please note: This webinar is part of the Business of SE Series and is not included in the NCSEA Webinar Subscription. The registration fee for the series is $295 for members ($395 for nonmembers), which includes all 5.5 hours of education.


  • Kevin Sido, J.D.

    Kevin Sido, a Chicago-based Partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, has represented design professionals for some 45 years. Mr. Sido regularly writes and speaks on construction law, mediation, arbitration and related topics and has frequently spoken at meetings of NCSEA, ISPE, SEAOI, AIA-Illinois, ACEC, and CCHRB. In 2004, AIA-Illinois honored him with its President’s Award. Mr. Sido is a professional affiliate member of AIA-Illinois, ASCE, the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings, and SEAOI. He serves as editor of a leading text, Architect and Engineer Liability: Claims Against Design Professionals (Aspen). Mr. Sido earned both his B.A., with high honors, and J.D., from the University of Illinois.

  • Elyse Ryan

    Elyse Ryan, a Chicago-based Associate at Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP, focuses her practice in the areas of construction law. She has spoken on engineering ethics and other construction matters and has given presentations before the NCSEA, ISPE, and SEAOI. Ms. Ryan graduated cum laude from Miami University in Oxford, OH and received her J.D. magna cum laude and order of the coif from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, IL.

  • John Geddie

    John Geddie is the President of Geddie & Associates. He is the lead trainer and facilitator for the Leadership Development Program and also conducts project management courses. He also provides market research services to the A/E industry, focusing on analysis of new markets and services, competitive intelligence and trend identification as part of the strategic planning process. He regularly leads industry training programs. 

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September 30, 2020
Wed 12:00 PM CDT

Duration 2H 0M

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