VOLUME Construction Advisor Today   ISSUE 60   JUNE 17, 2010


Several months ago we addressed the risk of owner nonpayment. Should the risk be borne solely by the prime contractor who, of course, elected to contract with the project owner? Or should subcontractors share this risk?


The question arises in the context of “pay-if-paid” clauses in subcontracts. The subcontractor gets paid for its work only if the prime contractor receives payment from the project owner for the sub’s work. These clauses are controversial. And their enforceability is increasingly subject to challenge.


House and Senate lawmakers recently unveiled legislation addressing training for federal facilities personnel -- a measure that could save a significant amount of energy in buildings, according to bill supporters. 


Reps. Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.) and Judy Biggert (R-Ill.) and Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) recently introduced the Federal Buildings Personnel Training bill (H.B. 5112 and S. 3250). The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), along with other organizations in the building community, worked with the bill's authors to identify the need for training and develop the bill's content.


Trimble earlier this month introduced its Point Creator Software for contractors, engineers, detailers, and architects supporting the building construction industry as well as mechanical, electrical, and plumbing trades. The application, available in two versions -- Trimble Point Creator and Trimble Point Creator Pro -- provides a platform where computer-aided-design (CAD) users can create 2D and 3D points transferable to and from a Trimble LM80, Trimble MEP, Trimble TS Series Total Stations as well as other total stations. The application is compatible with popular CAD platforms such as AutoCad, Bricscad, and ZWcad.





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