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Volume: 6, Issue: 9 - 03/03/2017


By Bruce Jervis


Individuals involved in civil litigation are entitled to represent themselves, to appear pro se. They are not required to hire a licensed attorney in order to participate in the judicial process. What happens, however, when a party to litigation is a group of individuals or an organized business entity? Can a non-attorney member or proprietor represent the broader entity? Read more


 This week's blog highlights from across the industry look at:


  • 2017 Construction Productivity Survey Report Cites Poor Past Performance but is Optimistic About the Future
  • Read the Contract Closely: Preambles and Hidden Obligations
  • Government Contractors – Are You Compliant with the Buy American Act and Trade Agreement Act?

Read more.


Completed in 1968, the Oroville Dam, which made recent news about California flooding, is the tallest dam in the U.S. and impounds the second largest man-made lake – Lake Oroville. We uncovered a documentary video of the seven-year project produced and directed by Mark S. Lambert. Read more.


Volume: 6, Issue: 8 - 02/24/2017


ConstructionPro Week has reported several articles on the application of the Internet of Things (IoT) to construction and building operations and maintenance. In a nutshell, an IoT device is a way of connecting sensors tied into building equipment, structural components and security devices to the cloud (Internet) for the purpose of measurement and/or control of the connected items. In simple terms, consider smart thermostats like the Nest, an alarm system, electric blinds, the garage door or even the refrigerator in your home. With your smartphone, you can be virtually connected to all these devices to see their current status and to make changes. For example, you can turn off your ice maker and put the thermostat on 78 degrees while you are on vacation for four weeks.


In addition, these sensors can have the capability of reporting on the operating conditions and upcoming maintenance requirements, or even just keeping track of the location of an item. On a bigger scale, sensors can play a significant role for all types of structures, from buildings to infrastructure, and not just after the building is complete. During construction, IoT can play a role in production, logistics, project controls and safety. Read more.


 This week's blog highlights from across the industry look at:


  • Construction Compliance: Who Contractors Answer To
  • Teaming Agreements: A Win-Win for All Parties
  • More Efficient Bulbs Will Save U.S. Consumers More Than $10 Billion a Year
  • 6 Traits to Look for When Hiring Construction Executives

Read more.


In this century, major earthquakes in the United States have damaged or destroyed numerous buildings, bridges and other structures. No wonder our engineers work hard to develop seismic-proof designs. Seismic proof means that a structure will withstand shaking and other motions. Watch how one such structure design is being tested.


Volume: 6, Issue: 7 - 02/17/2017


 By Bruce Jervis


Can a public contract clause bind a contractor even when the clause is not stated or referenced in the contract? The answer is yes, if the clause is considered mandatory. Lower-level employees cannot alter the procurement process by accidentally omitting important clauses. Read more.


This week's blog highlights from across the industry look at:


  • NIBS Releases BIM Guide for Building Owners

  • How to Become a Project Manager

  • ConstructionPro Network Featured at the Construction Marketing Ideas Blog



A new stadium is featured in an animation video that shows disassembly of the existing stadium and construction of the new facility to serve as the home of the French Open starting in 2020. Read more.


Modernisation de Roland-Garros by FFT

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