Contract Interpretation: Insight to the Myriad of Causes of Conflict Arising from the Drawings & Specifications

Contract interpretation is one of the more interesting subjects in day-to-day project management. Every construction project is a unique design accompanied by a unique set of contract documents. Design is limited  --  or should we say “unlimited” --  only by the imagination of the designer. So it is natural that the development of the specifications and drawings comprising the contract documents will give rise to questions and conflicts.

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Certified Payroll/Prevailing Wage Reports: A Practical Guide to Compliance

This fast-paced, 90-minute high-level overview focuses on Federal WH-347 reporting requirements, which then can be translated to state-specific prevailing wage mandates. Certified payroll expert Nancy Smyth will explain the important details you need to know to comply with certified payroll requirements on your government-funded construction project. Don’t get caught in a prevailing wage nightmare; learn the ins-and-outs of certified payroll requirements, and get your questions answered!

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Schedule Delay Analysis — Choosing a Method and Why They Differ

What has not been widely discussed or written about is what factors should go into the decision-making process when choosing a delay analysis method for a particular project or a specific claim. This presentation addresses just that.

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Project Delays and Time Extensions

Attorney Jeff Gilmore and consultant Tom Fertitta cover the topic from A-Z, including typical causes, types and outcomes of most delay situations. Join Jeff and Tom to get dialed into the intricacies of delay presentations, support, analysis and defense.

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Schedule Delay Analysis Modeled Methods — Additive & Subtractive

This presentation focuses on those methodologies referred to in the industry as "modeled" methods. It will explore the performance of a credible delay analysis and identify many of the strengths and pitfalls of these methodologies.

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Schedule Delay Analysis — Observational Methods — Static & Dynamic Logic

When choosing schedule delay analysis method there are a number of technical, practical and legal considerations that a delay analyst makes. This presentation focuses on those methodologies referred to in the industry as "observational" methods. It will explore the performance of a credible delay analysis and identify many of the strengths and pitfalls of these methodologies.

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Construction Scheduling: Advanced Tips and Techniques

This recorded webinar will help you learn specific keys that are required for a good plan and schedule. These elements enable timely decisions and steer the project to its successful completion. The course covers the more advanced aspects of scheduling and scheduling techniques as well as the plans that underlie schedules, and is crucial for any project and constructor, design professional or project manager in today’s complex construction environment.

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The Fundamentals of Joint Ventures in Construction

Learn why, in an industry that is filled with fiercely competitive and independent-minded risk-takers, we so often see competitors come together to form Joint Ventures to pursue and perform work on construction projects in the USA and around the world. This 90-minute session, which is presented in a simple and straightforward manner by a professional with years of hands-on experience in the negotiation, drafting and administration of Joint Venture Agreements, highlights basic differences and alert you to the unique risks of Joint Ventures.

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Acceleration and Mitigation of Project Delays: Analysis, Costs and Owner/Contractor Responsibilities

Attorneys Mike Harris and Brian Dugdale team up to explain the often-overlooked concept of mitigating delays, which the contractor is obligated to do notwithstanding the causes. The fine line between mitigating and acceleration is explained, along with the various types of acceleration, plus the necessary documentation and proof to support and price an acceleration claim.

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Understanding the Davis-Bacon Act and Prevailing Wage Law on Government Contracts

This 90-minute presentation provides you with the information you need to understand the specific requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act, when it applies, and the process necessary to ensure compliance and avoid enforcement actions and potential penalties. Failure to comply with the Davis-Bacon Act can have dire consequences, including debarment and the loss of a major source of business, in addition to the exposure to substantial damages and attorneys’ fees.

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Winning Construction Delay Claims: 2 Successful Approaches

There are two approaches for measuring delay, though identified separately in the construction claims literature, are entirely compatible and, when combined, provide a comprehensive, project-schedule-based approach to quantifying delays. Listen to this information-packed session to learn how and when to use each type of delay analysis. Contract language supporting these methods will be reviewed and discussed.

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CPM Schedule Review & Analysis

The proof for damages and time recovery of project delays and impact relies almost exclusively on the use of CPM schedules to show both the causes and extent of the delays incurred. Years of case decisions and industry dialogue have resulted in a number of best practices and approaches, both in the use of schedules during the job and for subsequent use in delay-claim support. Consultant, expert and attorney John Livengood explains the various considerations for use of CPM schedules during the course of a project and in the preparation of a delay analysis.

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Documentation: Best Practices for Identification and Support of Claims

Listen to Robert Freas and Wesley Grover for this in-depth review of the various records and documents including examples of times & material reporting, daily reports, documentation logs, production and other reports that should be kept for both improved project performance and improved change order management and claims resolution.

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Differing Site Conditions: The Big Game of Shifting Risk

This presentation discusses the various scenarios involving differing site condition claims and how the construction industry deals with those claims, both via contract and in the courts. You will be more prepared to identify those situations where differing site condition claims might arise and understand what the parties’ various rights and remedies might be.

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Shop Drawings: Risks & Obligations in the Preparation & Review Process

Shop drawings are an integral part of the construction process and present unique legal challenges. Design professionals are generally responsible for plans and specifications, while contractors are responsible for the means and methods they employ to construct a project. In this informative 90-minute program, Stephen A. Hess of Sherman & Howard LLC presents an overview of the rights and responsibilities of the parties with respect to the use of shop drawings.

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Making Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) Contracts Work for You

Topics include an in-depth description and analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of this contracting format, the four phases of work that are typical when working under a GMP format, the components of a GMP, and why it is so important to fully understand how each is defined and the conditions that apply to the payment of each component.

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Pricing Construction Claims: Putting the Dollars on the Damages

Learn best practices for preparation, support and pricing of any given claim or change order. The consultant team of Don Harrington, Brent McSwain and Rex Snyder of Sage Consulting Group discuss in great detail the various types of costs that may be allowable for any given claim or change order, and what’s involved in the proper preparation, pricing and support of a request for equitable adjustment (REA). This program will review a large range of pricing issues.

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Subcontractors and Suppliers: Special Issue and Concerns

Learn best practices for dealing with risk-shifting provisions & other concerns related to contractors and subcontractors. Attorney Chris Anzidei explains how contract language plus varying rulings from state-to-state play a role in the risks and concerns for those providing or furnishing labor, material and equipment on a project as a subcontractor or supplier.

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Progressive Design-Build: Basics, Benefits, Draw Backs and Procurement

Progressive Design-Build (PDB) has become one of the most widely discussed concepts in the public sector design-build market. PDB not only allows owners to remain actively involved throughout the design development process, but also fosters a collaborative relationship between the owner and its design-build team. This program reviews the unique procurement, commercial and contracting issues with the process, and how PDB has been used throughout the country on both large and small projects.

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Construction Lost Productivity Claims

Learn best practices for identification, measurement and recovery of lost productivity claims. Understanding what makes a good lost-productivity claim, its strengths and weaknesses, and how to respond will help you prepare, manage, analyze and negotiate them. Listen to this recorded webinar to learn the latest technical and legal concepts associated with loss of productivity.

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OSHA Focus Four Hazards: Best Practices to Prevent Accidents and Fatalities

This is your opportunity to learn from one of the foremost and experienced safety consultants and OSHA-authorized trainers, Neil Opfer, also professor of construction management at UNLV. This unique presentation will have your staff working with renewed interest and incentive to improve the safety culture at your organization. Whether you're a contractor, construction manager or an owner, safety knowledge is your responsibility and provides you with direct benefits. Workers who feel their organization is looking after their safety will work more confidently and more productively as well.

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The Impact of Rework & Some Practical Remedies

This presentation assesses and identifies the typical cost of rework on a wide range of project types. It shows how the cost of rework is frequently understated and provides an estimate of the true “average cost” of rework. The presentation also identifies the average impact of rework on project duration in terms of time as well as unrecoverable extended overheads and the cost of liquidated damages.

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Negotiation of Construction Claims & Change Orders

Successful negotiations are not just about bargaining table tactics, but are grounded in proper proposal preparation, company goals, knowledge of the process and understanding your opponent. This 90-minute presentation reviews the steps to prepare for a negotiation meeting, present tactics for negotiating forward pricing and large claims where amounts are usually negotiated item by item and review available negotiating techniques.

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Documentation, Proof and Support of Delays

This recorded webinar discusses the importance of sound contemporaneous project documentation and its role in the resolution of time extension requests and delay claims. The presentation also defines the different types of delay and present the analysis techniques that experts use to prove or disprove the existence of critical project delays.

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Alternate Dispute Resolution: Your Key to Staying Out of Court

This session discusses over 40 alternate methods for resolving disputes when they cannot be negotiated by the parties. The intent of these methods is to promote a decrease in expensive litigation or arbitration costs through the increased use of mediation, partnering, dispute resolution boards and other methods.

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