By Bruce Jervis
It’s a common scenario. The contract documents include a geotechnical report which makes a clear representation. Test borings indicate the material to be excavated does not involve hard rock. But there are disclaimers. The report says it is for the exclusive use of the project owner and cannot be used for purposes of bid preparation. The construction contract says bidders must familiarize themselves with physical conditions at the site. The owner does not warrant the accuracy of any site condition information in the contract. ... Read more.
By Steve Rizer
One of the first projects the two organizations will work on together through the MOU is the joint development of an on-line portal for building industry research and knowledge. Intended to be accessible to the public, this initiative will include the participation and contribution of various building science and performance disciplines. NIBS and AIA anticipate this partnership will culminate in providing a centralized location for the knowledge and research efforts under way that are considered relevant to the building industry. ... Read more.
By Steve Rizer
On the heels of a report indicating that productivity in the non-residential construction sector continues to improve but at a rate that is slowing, an official with FMI, which released the report and provides management consulting and investment banking to the engineering and construction industry, has provided additional insight into the survey’s results through an exclusive interview (Construction Advisor Today, Feb. 22, 2012, “Rate of Improvement in Construction Productivity Reportedly Slowing”). The official, research consultant Philip Warner, also commented on the effectiveness of a two-year-old ASTM International standard that was designed to improve construction productivity. ... Read more.