We often get asked by our clients when to hire an owner’s engineer. An owner’s engineer is a third-party engineer who represents the interests of the owner on the technical and commercial aspect throughout the project lifecycle: Engineering, Procurement, Construction & Commissioning; for projects ranging from Solar, Wind, Battery Storage, Conventional Generation, Standard Electrical & FACTS Substations during a construction or design project such as wind, solar or energy storage projects. They provide independent oversight and ensure that the project is being designed and constructed according to the owner’s requirements and specifications. 

There are several situations when it may be beneficial to hire an owner’s engineer: 

  1. Need for independent oversight: An owner’s engineer can provide a level of independence and objectivity that may not be possible with an in-house engineer. This can be especially important if there are concerns about potential conflicts of interest. 
  1. Risk management: Hiring an owner’s engineer can help manage risk by providing an extra set of eyes to review and approve design and construction plans. This can help mitigate potential issues and costly delays. 
  1. Complex projects: If the project you are working on is complex, hiring an owner’s engineer can help ensure that all aspects of the project are properly coordinated and that any potential issues are identified and addressed early on. 
  1. Limited in-house resources: If your organization does not have the necessary resources or expertise to oversee a project, hiring an owner’s engineer can provide the necessary support and guidance. 
  1. Need for independent oversight: An owner’s engineer can provide a level of independence and objectivity that may not be possible with an in-house engineer. This can be especially important if there are concerns about potential conflicts of interest. 
  1. Risk management: Hiring an owner’s engineer can help manage risk by providing an extra set of eyes to review and approve design and construction plans. This can help mitigate potential issues and costly delays. 

Hiring an owner’s engineer can be a valuable investment for complex projects, when in-house resources are limited, when independent oversight is needed, or for risk management purposes. It is important to carefully consider the specific needs and goals of your project when determining whether an owner’s engineer is the right fit. 

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