Dictionary of Construction Terms

Dictionary of Construction Terms

This Dictionary of Construction Terms is intended to cover a wide range of the

more common as well more esoteric yet important terms a building profes-
sional, lawyer, student, judge, arbitrator, adjudicator, engineering economist

or the like may require defi nition upon in the construction law fi eld. The

intention is to clear the fog, and to do so concisely in clear English in an al-
phabetical format. So whether you are looking for the answer to a spandrel

panel, chequerplate, revetment, or NAECI or what is meant by nemo dat quod
non habet or the rule in Pinnel’s case, we have it here, and a whole lot more.

In about 1994 I started assembling a construction
database on my Psion Organiser (for those that can remember such pocket
computers) regularly adding building and engineering terms, legal references
etc relevant to the fi rm’s work as construction lawyers. I was always excited
to learn new terms and add to the record. Then about 10 years ago with
the advent of powerful networked computing and software systems, Fenwick
Elliott created its own intranet platform, and that database was uploaded to
it. It was coined by the offi ce, “Simon Says”. This data rapidly grew with our
busy international practice and with projects that are more complex the legal
issues thrown up blossomed in tandem with the new technologies.


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