On a public works contract, a “sovereign act” is the ultimate government defense to a contractor claim for additional compensation. A sovereign act occurs when the public project owner, the government agency, establishes a policy that is public and general in nature. The government is acting in the interest of public health or safety. The act is not directed at a particular contractor and not intended to nullify rights under a particular contract. And, a sovereign act does not provide economic advantage to the government under a contract. Read more.
Tasked with building a new cable car atop Germany's highest peak, this construction crew, aided by a serious helicopter, erected this tower crane under breathtaking conditions. Watch the video to see the challenges this erection crew tackled along with a time-lapse sequence of the complete crane erection here.