Although the role of the Independent Engineer (IE) differs from project to project, he is generally very much restricted in taking any decision that involves changes (particularly if such changes lead to increased costs). Throughout this paper, the term Engineer is used for ease of reference. The role is effectively the same for the Architect under a traditional appointment.
The IE also acts as a first instance arbitrator between the Contractor, the employer & the concession company in case of problems. Whether or not he can take decisions and instruct the Contractor depends on the project specifications.
Funded ContractsThe IE shall discharge its duties in a fair, impartial and efficient manner, consistent with the highest standards of professional integrity and Good Industry Practice.
If required, a public sector consulting firm may be engaged to discharge the functions of the IE.
Following factors are considered important from the Engineers Role in the Project and in the Concession Agreement point of view.