VOLUME 5   ISSUE 21   MAY 27, 2016

 

By Bruce Jervis

Unit-priced contracting offers advantages on certain types of construction projects. Where there is a significant, but uncertain, quantity of identical or repetitive work items, the project owner will pay only for the actual quantity of work performed. Read more.

 

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This week's blog highlights from across the industry look at:

 

  • Indoor GPS on the Construction Site

  • 4D Scheduling Ramping Up
  • IRS Luxury Car Depreciation Limitations – Consider an Upscale Pickup Truck

 

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Do you remember the first few weeks of your first construction job? You had to learn what tasks you were supposed to do along with a complete new set of skills. Then there's the unique construction lingo and communications methods on a construction site.  This short clips captures the first days on the job of a budding carpenter helping to frame houses.  Read more...

 


 

Earlier this month, OSHA fined two Pennsylvania contractors more than $236K for exposing employees to serious workplace dangers. The cited infractions were all fall-protection issues, one of the Focus Four areas identified by OSHA as the leading causes of deaths on construction projects.  Read more... 



From Previous Issues:
Volume: 5, Issue: 20 - 05/20/2016

 

 By Bruce Jervis

 

If a project owner wants to terminate a contractor for default, or a contractor wants to terminate a subcontractor, the applicable contract documents usually stipulate a procedure. The process described in the termination clause is not a suggestion. It is mandatory and creates rights for the party being terminated. Ironically, the failure to follow the process can make the terminating party the one in breach of contract. Read more.

 

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This week's blog highlights from across the industry look at:

 

  • In Just 10 Short Years - Millennials Will Comprise the Majority of the Workforce
  • Labor Shortage Is a Major Problem in the Face of Rising Construction Spending
  • Tips for Attracting Millennials into Construction

 

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Here’s a good video of contemporary methods of road, wall and sidewalk construction. Ample use of modern heavy equipment and robotics are demonstrated. This editor viewed some very interesting techniques not previously aware of.    Read more...

 


Volume: 5, Issue: 19 - 05/13/2016

 

By Bruce Jervis

 

Subcontract formation is a problematic aspect of construction contracting. Work is defined and prices are quoted before the prime, or general, contractor has even bid on the project. Prime contractors usually have “standard” subcontract forms, terms and conditions to which a subcontractor may object. It is frequently difficult to determine whether a subcontract has been created, and if so, on what terms? Read more.

 

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This week's blog highlights from across the industry look at:

 

  • Six Steps for Generating Sales Leads
  • Smart Cities Require Smart Construction
  • Lien Waivers for Owners
  • The Shape of 3D-Printed Houses to Come

 

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With Big Bertha back in action, this video captures the progress to-date of the interior finishing operations, with subtext to explain how the roadway walls and deck are constructed.  The drone then proceeds to go in the tunneling machine complex itself, right up to the cutter head.  Read more...

 


Volume: 5, Issue: 18 - 05/06/2016

 

By Bruce Jervis

 

Any agreement worth making is worth putting in writing. This is particularly true of a construction contract, with its intricate web of risks, rights and responsibilities. Yet sometimes oral, unwritten agreements evolve. The question becomes – are unwritten agreements enforceable?  Read more.

 

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This week's blog highlights from across the industry look at:

  • Solving the Labor Shortage Problem with Social Media
  • Concrete Placement Tolerances and Optimum Design for Workability 
  • 50-State Lien Notice Provisions and Related Resources

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