No, you are not doing any engineering work on the road but you are not able to do any back at the office either. There is an "opportunity cost" involved.
The time should be billed, but perhaps at a lower rate.
My two cents.
T. William (Bill) Allen, S.E.
Consulting Structural Engineers
32302 Camino Capistrano, #206
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
V (949) 248-8588•F (949) 209-2509
I typically won't charge for the travel time except for mileage. As I see it, you really aren't doing any engineering work on the road.
The Engineering Group, Inc.
Post Office Box 536
Lowell, AR 72745
On 9/27/2011 11:33 AM, Dilip Patel wrote:
I have a client who has several sites which need engineering evaluations, reports, details etc.
One site was within an hour from office & another about 4 hours travel by car one way.
Can I bill the client for travel time for a distant site as Engineering rate of $120/hr or should be it be different rate?
I would appreaciate input from a small owner/engineer firm.
Dilip Patel, PE