VOLUME Construction Advisor Today   ISSUE 156   APRIL 26, 2012


By Bruce Jervis


Construction industry agreements have traditionally included broadly written indemnification clauses. Everyone has seen them. If anything goes wrong, if any liability is incurred, Party A will be indemnified and held harmless by Party B to the maximum extent permitted by law. Party A will be fully reimbursed, including attorney fees. ... Read more.


By Steve Rizer


The first public review period for a proposed new tool to rate the sustainability of schools in Hawaii has ended. The Hawaii CHPS (Collaborative for High-Performance Schools) Criteria (HI-CHPS) would create a standard for the design and construction of high-performance school buildings that is tailored to address the state’s unique climate and other factors. The proposed standard would be available for Hawaiian schools to use upon CHPS Board of Directors approval. Over the last five years, at least 10 states have developed CHPS rating systems for their schools. ... Read more


By Steve Rizer


Expect the use of 4D and 5D building information modeling (BIM) technology to flourish in the future, Turner Construction’s Treighton Mauldin told a group of construction professionals attending a webinar that WPL Publishing held April 17. He sees 4D, which addresses scheduling, and 5D, which involves estimating, “taking off because they bring all of the aspects of a plan, an estimate, a model, and a schedule into one environment that can be easily monitored and managed and communicated to the rest of the team, which is a huge benefit, and it really starts to eliminate errors in communication, miscommunication, and, in the end, makes people more money.” ... Read more.





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