Resources

Forecasting With Confidence: How Contractors Can Solve Four Common Challenges

At the highest level, contractors understand the importance of accurately predicting and preparing for variances in costs or schedules when delivering a construction project. In fact, leaders know it is essential to the profitability, cash flow and potential viability of projects. For that reason, forward-thinking decision-makers who know that forecasting is a complex process, also realize that this is not feasible by using out-of-date systems.

Optimize Operational Processes With an Industry-Specific ERP

As the use of Enterprise Resource Planning systems in the construction industry is critical to optimizing operations, it's critical that decision makers conduct a thorough software evaluation to find the one that best aligns to their needs.

The Ultimate Free Guide to Construction Project Management Software

Spreadsheets and in-house tools can no longer manage the sophistication and the demand for data of modern construction. Our free buyer’s guide will help you identify what construction software you need and the key features you should be looking for.

AIA and ConsensusDOCS Contract Documents - The Contest Continues: Comparison and Contrast

This audio conference will provide insights and information that will be of significant value to anyone involved in the construction contracting processes, including those involved in contract formation and negotiation, contract administration, payment application and administration, change order and claims processing, and dispute resolution.

Electrical Codes Update

Whether you are an experienced electrician, engineer, architect, or maintenance personnel with some formal electrical training or background this audio conference will provide you with an explanation of common code practices based on NEC installation requirements.

Key Subcontracting Issues Including Flow-Down and Paid-if-Paid Provisions

The saying goes that two heads are better than one, and this is especially the case when pursuing government contract opportunities. It is a prime contract that has a contractor performing without any partners. Even large defense contractors with an extensive library of forms, however, can fall victim to certain traps that can lurk in the subcontract.

2012 IBC Chapter 10-Means of Egress, A Building Official's Perspective

IBC's Chapter 10, Means of Egress is one of the most important chapters of the code and it is critical to have a good working knowledge of the requirements contained in the Chapter. It has been reported that a building will experience at least one substantial fire in its lifetime and that is when the importance of a code compliant exit system will be put into use.

AIA Document A312 Payment and Performance Bond Forms

In 2010 the AIA led an industry-wide collaboration to update the AIA's Bond forms, which provide the fundamental framework of most bonding agreements within the construction industry. This live audio conference will help owners, contractors, architects, as well as their sureties and legal counsel, understand the unique obligations contained in the AIA Bond Forms and understand how contract bonding can provide security to those involved in the construction of projects.

Construction Payment Remedies: Using the Right Tools

The construction industry still is struggling to recover from the Great Recession, making nonpayment and late payment problems of critical concern to general contractors, subcontractors, design professionals and suppliers. Special remedies are available to assist in collecting monies owed for construction work, services and materials. This live audio conference will explain the types of payment remedies available, how they work, defenses to them, and the strengths and weaknesses of each remedy.

Prevailing Wage Law: An Understanding of the Davis-Bacon Act

Alleged violations of wage and hour laws have become a major source for the new wave of employment class actions, which often result in hundreds of thousands of dollars, and in many cases millions of dollars, of recoverable damages and attorneys' fees awarded to the successful litigants and their attorneys - in addition to the substantial amount of legal fees and administrative costs incurred by employers in defending these actions.

Understanding the Basic Pitfalls of GMP Contracting

As owners search for project delivery systems that reduce the duration from project conception to project completion one of the most common approaches has included the use of guaranteed maximum price, or GMP, contracts. However, as the use of these contract formats has proliferated so have disputes that strongly suggest that the parties using them do not fully understand: the differences between GMP contracts and the contracts that the users are used to working under, or the risks that are inher

Vapor Intrusion: Where It Came From and Where It's Going

Very few sectors of the economy or the environmental industry are developing and changing as rapidly as the vapor intrusion industry. A recent flurry of regulation aimed at lowering indoor air contaminant thresholds has identified soil gas vapor intrusion as a major and previously unsuspected source of indoor air contamination. Many of these vapors of concern have been identified on the top 10 lists of carcinogens.

Basic Principles of Construction Insurance

This live audio conference will offer an overview of basic insurance coverage used for construction projects. The presenters will discuss how to secure appropriate insurance coverage at a project's inception and what to do when claims arise during construction or after project completion. Builder's risk, CGL and other common project policies will be discussed.

AIA Contracts: The Owner-General Contractor Agreement

For more than a century, The American Institute of Architects has published an integrated set of contract forms for the construction industry. While other industry groups independently have prepared their own competing set of forms and, more recently, some have banded together to create more of a consensus-based set of forms, the AIA forms remain the most widely used and accepted in the industry.

Measuring Inefficiency in Construction

Efficiency is often the key to profitability. Conversely, inefficiency boosts costs, busts budgets and kills profits. Given the consequences, understanding and managing the efficiency of construction is important to everyone on the project - from the contractors, subcontractors and suppliers that experience inefficiency to the owners and design consultants whose actions can lead to inefficiencies.

New Developments in Cumulative Impact Disputes

Project changes are becoming increasingly difficult to manage. And when a project has many changes it may enter into a tipping point called cumulative impact. The result is that it may become very difficult to measure the source and full damages of changes when they reach this tipping point. This live audio conference helps owners and contractors understand the impact changes have on projects, particularly when the amount of changes becomes quite large.

The New ADA Design Standards: When, Where and How?

On September 15, 2010, the Department of Justice adopted new design standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act, including the 2004 ADA and ABA guidelines. This live audio conference will provide you with an overview of the new rules, highlights of the major changes, and the potential implications for your business and clients.

AIA Contracts: The Owner-General Contractor Agreement

For more than a century, The American Institute of Architects has published an integrated set of contract forms for the construction industry. While other industry groups independently have prepared their own competing set of forms and, more recently, some have banded together to create more of a consensus-based set of forms, the AIA forms remain the most widely used and accepted in the industry.

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