VOLUME Construction Advisor Today   ISSUE 91   JANUARY 21, 2011


A critical path method schedule has long been a fundamental tool not only for scheduling and managing work, but also for supporting claims for delay damages. An analysis of these schedules can isolate activity delay which affected overall project completion. Once such a delay has been identified, the cause of the delay can be established. But is critical path analysis always a prerequisite to recovery of delay damages? A federal appeals court recently answered in the negative.


The U.S. Department of Energy has begun accepting applications for a total of up to $74 million to support the research and development (R&D) of "clean, reliable" fuel cells for stationary sources, such as buildings, and transportation applications.


The solicitations include up to $65 million over three years to fund continued R&D on fuel cell components, such as catalysts and membrane electrode assemblies, with the goal of reducing costs, improving durability, and increasing the efficiency of fuel cell systems.


Maxwell Systems Inc., a provider of construction business management software solutions, has released ProContractorMX Version 2.5.


Designed as an "all-in-one construction management solution," ProContractorMX provides end-to-end control from takeoff and estimating through job cost accounting and project management. The release of 2.5 offers more functionality to optimize project execution for maximum profitability, according to Maxwell.





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