If a project owner wants to terminate a contractor for default, or a contractor wants to terminate a subcontractor, the applicable contract documents usually stipulate a procedure. The process described in the termination clause is not a suggestion. It is mandatory and creates rights for the party being terminated. Ironically, the failure to follow the process can make the terminating party the one in breach of contract. Read more.
Here’s a good video of contemporary methods of road, wall and sidewalk construction. Ample use of modern heavy equipment and robotics are demonstrated. This editor viewed some very interesting techniques not previously aware of. Read more...
Subcontract formation is a problematic aspect of construction contracting. Work is defined and prices are quoted before the prime, or general, contractor has even bid on the project. Prime contractors usually have “standard” subcontract forms, terms and conditions to which a subcontractor may object. It is frequently difficult to determine whether a subcontract has been created, and if so, on what terms? Read more.
With Big Bertha back in action, this video captures the progress to-date of the interior finishing operations, with subtext to explain how the roadway walls and deck are constructed.The drone then proceeds to go in the tunneling machine complex itself, right up to the cutter head. Read more...
Any agreement worth making is worth putting in writing. This is particularly true of a construction contract, with its intricate web of risks, rights and responsibilities. Yet sometimes oral, unwritten agreements evolve. The question becomes – are unwritten agreements enforceable? Read more.
Most states have enacted consumer protection statutes governing construction or improvement of residential property. These laws spell out in detail the required elements of a valid written contract, including notices to homeowners of their consumer rights. Failure to comply renders the contract void and unenforceable. Read more.
Back in the early 70’s, I was working for the contractor charged with installing track on the first 4.6 miles of the Washington, DC Metro. For the underground and aerial sections, the installation required a grout pad to support the elastomer-coated rail fastener pads. Our company ordered a custom Gomaco machine to lay a continuous grout pad, after which we could drill holes and install anchor bolts to hold down the pads. This worked well on the aerial structures, but not so well in the tunnels. Read more.
FAA 333 exemptions for commercial use of drones has now surpassed 5,000. As of April 27, 5,114 exemptions have been issued. Many of these are for construction, surveying and inspection (see breakdown below). In other news, PrecisionHawk, a producer of autonomous surveying drone technology, has raised an additional $18 million in funding bringing its total to $30 million. Read more.