VOLUME Construction Advisor Today   ISSUE 109   MAY 26, 2011


Construction contractors face many requirements to provide the project owner or owner’s representative with notification of certain conditions or occurrences. Timely notice is frequently a contractual prerequisite to any adjustment of the contract price or schedule. Consequently, owners routinely raise lack of notice as a defense to contractor claims - even when the owner was fully aware of the event.


The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) has made several recent strides in its quest to improve water efficiency in buildings. IAPMO President Dan Daniels shared the news at a conference that the High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition sponsored this week in Washington, D.C.

One of the developments involves the Green Plumbers training and accreditation program, which IAPMO recently acquired. Daniels revealed that the program is expected to train more than more than 5,000 plumbers, contractors, and inspectors within the next 18 months.


Turner Construction Co. earlier this month announced the deployment of SketchUp Pro, a Google three-dimensional model authoring tool and platform. Turner is using SketchUp Pro as part of its standard “digital toolbox” to provide building information modeling (BIM)-related services on projects worldwide.

“We use SketchUp Pro as a 3-D modeling tool due to its user-friendly interface and ability to rapidly produce lightweight geometries,” according to Turner. “SketchUp is also able to easily scale up and down based on needs, for conceptual ‘what if’ scenario cost estimating analyses, building systems constructability studies, or whole building and site models for sequencing and schedule analysis and work-in-place monitoring during construction.”





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