I ask people things but they don't tell me.
I tell people things but the don't listen.
I give people instructions but they don't follow them.
But when it flies to Hell, who do you think that they expect to fix it?
Engineering reports and deliverables are, to my mind, their own genre of literature with unique conventions. The need for technical accuracy, control of risk, and legal considerations are the primary factors governing style and tone followed closely by clarity and avoidance of ambiguity.
As Murphey would put it,
"If they can misunderstand it, they will misunderstand it, at the worst time and in the most foolish way."
Reports, specifications and other deliverables must be written so that they can be understood by a contractor. Yet if it is misunderstood, liability will be determined by whether an attorney believes that the contractor should have been able to understand it.
What an attorney thinks is understandable versus what a contractor thinks is understandable are two entirely different things.
I grew up in Newell NC, a great place. I saw people discover Newell and fill it up and smother it out. I worked with Native American people almost 30 years. They had a great place to live. Then they saw people discover it and smother it out. If you find a great place, for heaven's sake don't let the word out.
Semi-Retired Civil Engineer currently a student of Philosophy, Literature and Art in the context of a Great Books Curriculum at Gutenberg College