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5.

0 THE SELECTION OF THE CIVIL ENGINEER

The autonomy in the workplace makes the works of a civil engineer unique from others. This chapter
discusses recommendations for engineers to be selected.

5.1. BASIS FOR SELECTION

The primary move for a client in selecting an engineer is to define the scope of works in a project. The
client determines performance requirements. The following are factors in the selection process for the
private sector:

Reputation of the civil engineer as referred by the previous clients.

Validity of registration from PRC.

Qualifications and expertise in performing services.

Ability to assign a qualified staff on site to take charge of the project.

Possession of financial and business resources to accomplish the assignment.

For government projects, EO 164 and PD 1594 as amended apply to procurement of consulting services
and selection of contractor for construction.

5.2. CLIENT'S SELECTION COMMITTEE

In big organizations, the person designated to select the civil engineer should be familiar with the project
requirements and should be free from pressure - internal or external.

The committee should comprise of three individuals, one of which is a professional civil engineer. The
individuals should demonstrate objectivity. Additionally, at least one should be thoroughly familiar with
civil engineering practices.
5.3. QUALIFICATIONS-BASED SELECTION (QBS) PROCEDURE

QBS = Qualifications-Based Selection

* If the client has a satisfactory relationship with the civil engineer, there are steps which can be skipped
in the procedure.

The procedure is as follows:

1. Statement of:

General nature of the project.

Services required

Request statements

CE qualifications and experience

RFQ. Request for qualifications. Request for general qualifications in a selected area of expertise.

RFP. Request for proposals. Shortlist for selecting a civil engineer for a specific project.

2.Prepare a budget expected from the potential civil engineer.

3. Evaluate statements. Select the best three civil engineers or firms.

4. Correspondence with the chosen engineers.

A. Describe the project in detail including:


a. Scope of the project

b. Services required

B. Proposal for the engineer to describe:

a. Plan for managing

b. Plan for performing the required services

c. Assigned personnel

d. Proposed schedule

e. Experience with similar projects

f. Office location where services will be performed

g. Financial standing

h. Present workload

i. References

* Each civil engineer or firm should be given the opportunity to visit the site, review data and obtain
clarification of any required items.

* For complex projects, a pre-proposal conference might be beneficial.

5. Interview and discussion.

6. Check with recent clients of each engineer about the performance of services.

7. List the engineers of preference.


8. The best qualified engineer is invited to develop a detailed scope.

9. The engineer's proposed compensation should be taken into account.

10. If negotiations fail, inform the first civil engineer or firm through writing about termination of
negotiation and then proceed to the second engineer.

11. When an agreement (scope, schedule, compensation) has been reached, a written contract is
finalized.

5.4. SELECTION PROCEDURE FOR "LEVEL OF EFFORT" CONTRACTS

When a "level of effort" contract is used, the QBS procedure is still applicable as listed from 9-11.