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 CIVIL 1By Ron Beck

The bidding process for projects continues to remain competitive, which has led to owner-operators being extremely concerned with costly overruns and schedule slips for large projects. As a result, there is enormous pressure on the engineering and construction companies (E&Cs) to be accurate and efficient throughout the project lifecycle.

Many E&Cs still use traditional processes and tools to bid on projects, but this has proven to be time consuming and labor intensive. The opportunity for estimators today is to embrace specialized economic evaluation software, which helps to achieve significant increases in estimating efficiencies and produce faster and accurate costs. Project leaders and business decision-makers can determine how to build a project, assess the potential risk levels to a contract and quickly determine whether to bid on a fixed price or cost reimbursable basis at the early stages.

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By Jeremy P. Brummond

Many construction projects incur increased costs related to project delays or other impacts. Some contracts prohibit the recovery of delay-related costs, whether caused by owner delay or interference or by force majeure. But under some contracts, delay damages are recoverable, and some states’ laws declare waivers of claims for delay damages to be unenforceable or specify exceptions to when the waivers can be enforced.

 GREATER VISIBILITY 01Mobile apps can improve your construction business.   

By Stephen Smith

For construction managers, the success of every project is dependent on detailed construction project management (CPM), including overall planning, coordination and control of a project from beginning to end. Time is money and while detailed CPM proves critical to a project’s success, the fact remains that plans and schedules don’t build things: people do. Managing a workforce that spends most of its time on job sites (or traveling between them) can create many challenges for construction organizations – such as tracking payroll effectively, time spent on specific jobs, managing fuel and mileage expenses and capturing proof for services provided. By deploying a mobile workforce management solution, complete with easy to use mobile apps, companies can effectively increase their field productivity and reduce costs by having greater visibility into all activities associated with each job. 

3D MODELING 01There are many benefits to using 3-D printed models in projects.   

By Jerry Ropelato

Being able to fully visualize a structure is one of the most important aspects of any building project. Yet getting all stakeholders – from architects and engineers to project managers and builders, to homeowners and governing bodies and the public – to accurately envision how a final built project will look and function in the real world has always been a daunting task.

 ELECTION 2016 01Clinton and Trump’s policies deserve close industry examination.   

By Steven M. Cvitanovic

The many non-policy issues dominating the news cycle make the 2016 presidential election unlike any other. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been public figures for a long time, and it’s unsurprising that both have weathered numerous controversies. These controversies continue to follow them, and both continue to suffer from unfavorable ratings. Their respective missteps aside, both candidates recognize the importance of housing and infrastructure investment. 

 AVOIDING PITFALLS 01Here are some strategies to avoid employee lawsuits.   

By Todd Wulffson and David Szwarcsztejn

Let’s face it – if it were not for the weather, most employers would not set up shop in California.  This is particularly true in the construction industry, where employers face a myriad of regulatory and other legal challenges, in a highly competitive market.  It can be extremely difficult to manage the legal risk exposure and still maintain a profitable business.  The following are 10 very common legal pitfalls for employers in the construction industry in California, and suggestions for how to minimize legal exposure:

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By Lori Greene

With most building codes, fire codes, and referenced standards changing every three years and state adoptions and modifications occurring at any time, it can be difficult to keep up with code changes. It is often costly and time-consuming to address new code requirements after installation, so it’s important to be aware of current codes and to address changes during the design phase. Here are some of the door-related changes made in recent editions of the model codes and referenced standards:

 OP INSTITUTIONAL 01By Jeffrey Wertman

Serious financial and legal consequences can result after a notice of default is issued on a construction project. A notice of default, frequently accompanied by a short time to cure, significantly increases the likelihood of a termination for default and costly litigation or arbitration. 

Responding to a notice of default requires great care and attention to detail. Here are five essential steps to take if you receive a notice of default.

Take a construction default notice seriously. If you receive such a notice, seek immediate legal advice. Typically, default notices require a response in a short period of time. The quality of your response may be the difference between a default which leads to termination and the green light to continue to perform the contract.

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