VOLUME 4   ISSUE 13   APRIL 03, 2015


By Bruce Jervis


Unforeseen site conditions are easy to allege but difficult to prove. Under a typical differing site condition clause, a physical condition is compensable under either of two circumstances. The contract documents made an affirmative representation, relied upon by the contractor, which proved to be inaccurate. Or, the condition is so unusual for the location that it could not have been reasonably foreseen. Proving the latter can be particularly challenging.  Read more...




In the March 20 issue of ConstructionPro Week, we reported on changes in the February 2015 update of the “Project Schedule” clause of The Unified Facilities Guide Specifications (UFGS).  This week we look at the first of two other schedule specification updates - UFGS-01 32 16.00 20 - Small Project Construction Progress Schedule.  Specifically targeted for design-bid-build projects, the new spec reflects changes to keep up with newer scheduling software as well as set criteria for dealing with delays.  Read more...


The term "project controls" means different things to different people depending on their perspectives. Depending on your role in the project, it could mean financial controls (the CFO or controller), management controls (the project manager), or physical controls (the superintendent or field foreman, for example).


If you are the superintendent, you are most interested in controlling the flow of personnel and materials to ensure that people are able to work productively on a day-to-day basis.






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