An expert witness is qualified by virtue of education, professional credentials and experience, which enable that individual to understand a specialized matter that a fact finder might otherwise not fully comprehend. While expert opinion is offered in support of one side or the other to a dispute, the opinion is expected to be objective and impartial. Read more.
This video follows a Russian couple as they climb to the top of a 2,000-foot tall building under construction in Tianjin, China. Not only do they climb to the top of the structure, but they go to the top of the crane boom. Read more.
Parties to a dispute, under the so-called “American rule,” each pay for their own legal counsel. In some circumstances, however, this rule has been modified by statute, allowing the “prevailing party” to recover its reasonable attorney fees from its opponent. This is the case, in most states, for successful mechanic’s lien claimants. Read more.
Augmented reality (AR) is the topic of two of our blog posts this week, so let's go to the video for a demonstration of an AR application in use. While this is a sales pitch for a particular product it does provide an idea of how AR may be put to use. Read more.
For more information and the source of the video, read the article by Mike Lander's at the Bluebeam website here.
When a contractor is preparing to submit a binding bid on a contract, the contractor is necessarily reliant on the price quotations it receives from prospective subcontractors and suppliers. It is impossible to price a bid without incorporating the cost of parties furnishing labor and materials to the project. Unfortunately, many of the subcontractor quotations contain terms and conditions inconsistent with the contractor’s preferred subcontract terms. Read more.
Believe it or not, a construction contract with scores of provisions that runs dozens of pages does not actually define the entire legal relationship between the parties, regardless of how thorough the contract may seem or how much time and expense they invested in its drafting. Instead, courts and legislatures have always found it necessary to tinker with negotiated agreements. In some cases, this insulation into the contracting process takes the form of prohibitions on the use of particular types of contract clauses. In other cases, courts find that the very nature of the parties’ relationship “implies” obligations that are just as enforceable as if they had been written out in the contract itself. Read more.
ABC News, San Francisco is the source of a one-minute timelapse video of Olympic construction. Although short and sweet, it gives a quick sense of what kind of facilities are needed to pull off the event. Read more...
Is it legally actionable when one construction company talks trash about another? Where does one draw the line between the scrappy competition of the marketplace and a violation of a competitor’s rights? This issue was recently presented to the Utah Supreme Court. Read more.
As reported here in June, the FAA has issued its Part 107 rules for commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones. Instructions for obtaining a Part 107 pilot license are now posted at the FAA website here. The first step to qualify to apply for the license is taking an initial aeronautical knowledge exam at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center, typically located near an airport. Next is completing an online application -- Form 8710-13 for a remote pilot certificate (FAA Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application).
Meanwhile, ConstructionPro Network has been tracking the progress of the FAA 333 exemptions since December 2014. It appears the pace of exemptions granted since our last post on April 27 has slowed down. Read more...
If you haven't yet checked it out but have an interest in getting some aerial photos or videos of your construction project, visit the Drone Services and Equipment Directory at the ConstructionPro Network website today.
The directory is intended to assist those looking for vendors who specifically work with construction, transportation, utility, real estate and related industries. Customers can quickly find FAA333 exemption holders serving their states. Customers may further narrow their search for specific services, such as surveying, mapping (LIDAR, photogrammetry), FLIR/infrared capability, data collection for BIM, environmental monitoring, and, of course, aerial photography. Vendors with Part 107 remote pilot certifications will be added to the directory once the FAA starts implementation of the program, expected the end of August. Read more.
Equipment World posted this drone video of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project. We expected more in-tunnel footage, but it does provide a some perspective and an overview of the project. Read more.