Most states have enacted consumer protection statutes governing construction or improvement of residential property. These laws spell out in detail the required elements of a valid written contract, including notices to homeowners of their consumer rights. Failure to comply renders the contract void and unenforceable. Read more.
Back in the early 70’s, I was working for the contractor charged with installing track on the first 4.6 miles of the Washington, DC Metro. For the underground and aerial sections, the installation required a grout pad to support the elastomer-coated rail fastener pads. Our company ordered a custom Gomaco machine to lay a continuous grout pad, after which we could drill holes and install anchor bolts to hold down the pads. This worked well on the aerial structures, but not so well in the tunnels. Read more.
FAA 333 exemptions for commercial use of drones has now surpassed 5,000. As of April 27, 5,114 exemptions have been issued. Many of these are for construction, surveying and inspection (see breakdown below). In other news, PrecisionHawk, a producer of autonomous surveying drone technology, has raised an additional $18 million in funding bringing its total to $30 million. Read more.
Prime contractors are frequently required to release retained subcontract payments when the project owner releases retained prime contract payments to the contractor. This obligation may be imposed by the terms of the subcontract or it may be imposed by a “prompt payment” statute. In either case, the rationale is that the subcontractor’s portion of the retainage should be passed through to the sub once the owner is no longer retaining those funds to assure project completion. Read more.
Actually, the equipment involved were front end loaders. Nevertheless, it's hard to believe this actually happened. A dispute among workers on a construction project resulted in a street brawl with six clashing bulldozers. Read more.
State mechanic’s lien statutes invariably stipulate a deadline for filing a notice or statement of lien in the public records. The filing period starts to run on the last date a contractor or supplier furnished labor or materials to the project. The purpose is to enable a prospective purchaser or lender to determine whether the property is encumbered by a lien, which would take priority. If there was no timely filing, the property is clear. Read more.
Although the project is a year behind schedule, this time lapse video of the 3,200-foot bridge over the St. Croix River can be watched in 2.24 minutes. The project includes placement of pre-cast bridge segments and a truss scaffold section for the pier tables that can be lowered intact for disassembly. Read more...
The Project Management College of Scheduling (PMCOS), an organization whose roots go back to 2003 when the organization was first formed under the auspices of the Project Management Institute, has announced its annual conference to be held in Chicago May 15-18. Click here for details.
When a contractor seeks recovery of unabsorbed home office overhead incurred because of a project owner’s suspension of work, the contractor uses the “Eichleay formula.” This calculates the amount of a contractor’s ongoing general and administrative expenses a suspended fixed-price contract would have absorbed on a daily basis if performed according to the original schedule. The contractor is then compensated for unabsorbed expenses incurred when it was unable to perform or bill work. Read more.
For research purposes, Bentley recently posted an example of combining video from a drone with a BIM model to show how the technique can be used for monitoring construction. The resulting photos can be used to compare actual construction with what was intended in the model, according to the author Stephane Cote. We see this as a good planning tool. Read more..