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CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTSContract management technology has helped firms mitigate risk.   

By Timothy Donaghy

Contracts are the cement and rebar that help form the foundation of any company. This is particularly true in the architecture, engineering and construction industries. In this arena, contracts not only serve as the agreed-upon terms that exist with suppliers, subcontractors and customers, but also stipulate how those terms will adhere to many of the laws that exist in this heavily regulated space. This has become such a specialized discipline that the American Society of Civil Engineers even offers a course dedicated to construction contract management.

TECHNOLOGYVR technology will have a big impact on BIM.

By Amanda Comunale

Building Information modeling (BIM) is far from a new concept in the construction industry. Companies of all sizes are being driven toward BIM workflows and BIM enabling technologies in order to stay competitive. Autodesk Revit has become an industry staple and collaboration tools are continually being developed to enable better communication across global teams. These collaboration tools, coupled with the Cloud, allow teams to access projects from any location, on a mobile device or PC. With all of this technology available today, where will BIM go next?  

OP RESIDENTIALBy Jeremy P. Brummond and Patrick J. Thornton

The American Institute of Architecture (AIA) published its first integrated set of standardized contract documents for construction projects in 1911. The AIA A201 General Conditions – the AIA’s key contract documents – are now the most commonly used general conditions on building projects in the United States using the design, bid, build model. Typically, the AIA typically revises the A201 every ten years. In fall 2017, the AIA released its seventeenth version of the General Conditions: the AIA A201-2017. Some changes are significant and materially change risk allocation among the owner and contractor.  

OP INSTITUTIONALBy Ryne DeBoer

Technology and innovation will continue to significantly impact the construction industry – and 95 percent of executives in the space agree. By 2020, global IoT spending is expected to reach $1.29 trillion while the number of connected devices could surpass 20 billion.

OP COMMERCIALBy Lisa Dal Gallo and Alan Bishop

An integrated project delivery (IPD) approach that includes prefabrication and modular construction offers a project team one of the best solutions to overcome the labor and material challenges plaguing the construction industry today.

IMPROVING PRODUCTIVITYHere are ways to improve field worker productivity.

By Chris Lennon

When you have multiple work sites, your projects, information, and equipment are constantly moving between locations. This continual shift makes it difficult to keep track of assets in an organized manner. You may lose sight of off-site employees in the shuffle, too.

But making simple changes to your business processes can help you manage your field workers, build strong relationships with them, and drive them to be more productive. Here are three ideas to get you started.

WATER CONSTRUCTIONThere are opportunities for construction firms in water-related projects.   

By Jerome Devillers

There is no question that the U.S. water infrastructure needs repair. The unprecedented flooding and droughts across the country over the past 15 years and the lead contamination of public water in Flint, Mich., are just a few examples that highlight widespread need for more resilient water infrastructure. While there has been movement to improve U.S. infrastructure – including a $1 trillion plan recently announced by the current administration to boost infrastructure investment – the need for construction in this area may go well beyond current plans. According to the American Water Works Association, the total costs to replace all pipes in the United States could very well pass $1 trillion – that’s before any work on roads, bridges or other projects contemplated in the plan by the current administration. 

PHASED OCCUPANCYBenefits and drawbacks come with phased occupancy in projects.  

By Doug Copp

If you wait until after groundbreaking to plan for phased occupancy, it may be too late. Finalizing phased occupancy opportunities during preconstruction is the best way to limit additional costs, delays in the schedule and avoid conflicts. The project team, consisting of the owner, designers, contractor, subcontractors and management operators, must collaborate early and often to plan for each phase to ensure the best outcome for everyone involved. 

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