VOLUME Construction Advisor Today   ISSUE 113   JUNE 24, 2011


Most construction schedules are objective and well-defined. Maximum calendar days of performance are stipulated. A critical path of activities is frequently depicted. Surprisingly, however, not all construction contracts contain an objective schedule. One still sees contracts where the contractor is simply required to work “diligently” or “expeditiously” and instructed to perform “at the direction of” the project owner, construction manager or general contractor.


Parties are often comfortable with an ill-defined schedule. One reason is the belief that without an objectively stated schedule, there can be no liability for delay damages. This assumption is a fallacy.


The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and ICLEI -- Local Governments for Sustainability, have agreed to establish a global standard for accounting and reporting community-scale greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions that can be used across multiple platforms. This “common approach” is intended to help local governments accelerate their emission-reduction activities while meeting the needs of climate financing, national monitoring, and reporting requirements, according to ICLEI.


Rep. Frank Guinta (R-N.H.) earlier this month introduced a bill (H.R. 2089) to promote the use of three-dimensional computer technologies in transportation projects that receive federal funding. The measure, which has five co-sponsors, is under consideration in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.





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