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French to English translations [Non-PRO] Bus/Financial
French term or phrase:maitrise d'oeuvre / maitrise d'ouvrage
Is there a difference between these two terms? I always thought they could both be translated as project management, but I recently edited a translation in which both were listed, one right after the other, with little context. Also, is "general contractor" a better term in the field of construction? Thanks, Karen
I want to thank both you and Yolanda for clearing up an issue that's bugged me for a long time. I guess I don't understand the need for "maitre d'ouvrage" when it's the same thing as customer, client or owner. Thanks for your very thorough answers. Karen 4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer
Explanation: General contractor is most common in the U.S.
And yes, there does seem to be a difference between *maîtrise d'oeuvre* and *maîtrise d'ouvrage*, or at least, there's a difference between *m... d'oeuvre* and m... d'ouvrage*, from LGDT:
gestion de projet
The contracting party who initiates a project and will have title to the facility upon its completion. (a)
Note(s): The owner, for whose benefit the work is carried out, is sometimes referred to as client. (a)
maître d'ouvrage n m (a)
Féminin: maîtresse d'ouvrage n f (b)
Personne physique ou morale qui commande la réalisation du projet, conclut le contrat et reçoit l'ouvrage terminé. (a)
Note(s): Le maître de l'ouvrage devient propriétaire au moment où il prend possession de l'ouvrage terminé. (a)
maître de l'ouvrage n m (a)
[Office de la langue française, 1992]
gestion de projet
principal contractor (ab)
A contractor who is responsible for the execution of all of the work on a construction site. (a)
Note(s): The contractor may be the owner. (bc)
((See also :)) prime contractor ; general contractor. (a)
main contractor (a)
maître d'oeuvre n m (ab)
Personne physique ou morale qui est responsable de l'exécution de l'ensemble des travaux de construction. (a)
Le maître d'oeuvre peut être le propriétaire. (bc)
Note(s): ((D'après la)) Loi sur la santé et la sécurité du travail, 1981, S-2.1. (b)
((Voir aussi :)) entrepreneur principal ; entrepreneur général. (a)
[Office de la langue française, 1998]
And I'm off the computer---thunder storm is coming on strong...
I want to thank both you and Yolanda for clearing up an issue that's bugged me for a long time. I guess I don't understand the need for "maitre d'ouvrage" when it's the same thing as customer, client or owner. Thanks for your very thorough answers. Karen
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