VOLUME 1   ISSUE 15   AUGUST 13, 2012


By Bruce Jervis


Public project owners commonly reserve the right to waive irregularities in bids and award a contract despite flaws or discrepancies in the bid. The rationale is that the taxpaying public should not be deprived of the lowest offered price due to a minor bid mistake – particularly if correction of that mistake will not affect the relative competitive standing of the bidders.


But what is an “irregularity,” and how far does the right to waive irregularities extend? This is not always clear. Some public project owners treat their right to waive as a license to do as they please when evaluating and comparing bids. This can be detrimental to the integrity of the competitive bidding process. ... Read more.



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  • Sub Pursues Miller Act Claim Despite Allegation of No On-Site Work
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By Steve Rizer


New Buildings Institute (NBI) has released a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) automation tool that the Vancouver, Wash.-based nonprofit believes can help users save a significant amount of time and reduce errors in LEED submittals. The COMNET Energy Modeling Portal is an online platform used to collect energy modeling simulation results, perform quality-assurance checks, and submit the results to LEED Online for Energy & Atmosphere Prerequisite 2 and Energy & Atmosphere Credit 1. The portal can be used for New Construction, Core and Shell, and Schools projects. ... Read more.


By Steve Rizer


It is imperative for users of computer-aided-design (CAD) technology to have adequate tools in place when working in a multi-CAD environment; otherwise, there could be a substantial amount of time and money wasted, according to a paper that the consulting and research firm CIMdata Inc. recently released. “When selecting a modeling solution, prospective users must assess their needs for importing alternative CAD data formats in a manner that provides for a smooth transition and the ability to manipulate and edit imported model geometry.”


The paper, entitled “CAD Selection Considerations: Multi-CAD Management,” reports that product designers often waste time by recreating CAD model data that was generated with a CAD solution other than their own chosen design suite. “That lost time delays their new product introduction and can ultimately result in missing a market window of opportunity.


By Treighton Mauldin


“We are using 4D” is a phrase that contractors are beginning to throw around like a hand grenade with no pin that explodes with questions instead of shrapnel. What does “using” even mean? How are they using it? And will it be worth the money? These are important questions to ask when you start to hear “4D” being thrown around. It is unfortunately common for contractors to purchase this new technology and then fail to put enough energy into its implementation, inevitably leading to lost money, lots of frustration, loss of morale, and a general bad taste for what can and should be a very useful tool. Once deciding that you want to roll out 4D on your project, there are a few questions you need to ask yourself: “What am I going to use 4D for, and how will I know if it is successful?” And, obviously, “What software will I be using?”





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