I'm in the oil & gas industry. We have been reviewing different Authoring solutions and I haven't observed yet any cutting edge solution. Majority of them are in a process to improve or achieve a desire state as part of the development plans....
That being said, it is not clear to me what are the particularities you are looking for O&G. Majority of the tools have some level of flexibility to adjust to any industry.
Mohammad - the recent IACCM report on Automation has some great content and could be very relevant to you. I strongly suggest that you review it. It is in the IACCM Library. If you have trouble finding it, please let me know.
IACCM VP - Asia, Middle East and Africa
• Kuwait Oil Company
Thanks Jim for your response. It'll be useful if you can please send me the link to relevant document (although I have reviewed some documents but not sure if the one referred by you is one of them).
In our organization, we have 'four eyes' principle which means that all external documents having financial or legal implications will be signed by two executives from different departments. Regarding our contracts, they are signed by Sales Manager / Sales Director and Commercial Manager / Commercial Director.
The co-signatory shares responsibility for the document.
We have of course Approval Matrix which specifies the authority to sign documents based on its value / significance. For eg. Managers allowed to sign contracts upto USD 10 Million etc.
IACCM conducted a Ask The Expert webinar on this topic, featuring James Mullock of Bird and Bird. His session was highly rated. The recording and James's presentation are in the IACCM Library. Plus, there are a few other resources in the IACCM Library which are relevant. If you have trouble finding these resources, please let me know.
• San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)
We quickly identified the "usual offenders" who turned tracked changes off, made changes, then turned it back on, but we believe that most were accidental oversights. To prevent these, we just about always use locked tracked changes both internally and externally.
You'll have some resistance first, but eventually all of the stakeholders get used to it.
• Infrastructure Ontario
I prefer to run my own comparison rather than rely on a counterparty's. This avoids the question of whether an oversight was intentional or not.
The answer depends on the exact wordings of the variation order. Does it explicitly provides that principal can take over that portion of work not done / delayed by contractor, at the cost and risk of contractor? It also depends upon the nature of work. Generally contracts provide for such an eventuality by giving notice (30 days or so) to contractor.