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Dear Mr. Elliott
I am working as a Engineer on a express road project. Contract is a MDB pink fidic.
Contractor submit to us method statements for all types of work with out request for them and he is very persistent and ask our approval. Should Engineer give approval, consent or MS are for information only. The same is for materials that he intends to use on the project.

Dear Gjorgji,

Clause 8.3 states 'Unless the Engineer, within 21 days after receiving a programme, gives notice to the Contractor stating the extent to which it does not comply with the Contract, the Contractor shall proceed in accordance with the programme, subject to his other obligations under the Contract.'  

Although this clause refers to the programme, the principle holds for all submissions, unless there is something in the Particular Conditions of Contract or the Specification.  Some contracts require the Contractor to submit materials for approval.  I hate to use the word 'approval' because it can dilute responsibility.  I use the phrase 'No objection subject to the following ......' or 'The submission appears to comply with the requirements of the Contract. This comment does not absolve the Contractor of his obligations and duties.'  

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Peter M. Elliott


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