Webinar on Fixing North America's Trillion Dollar Construction Industry

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Boston's Big Dig broke ground in the mid-1980s, and ten years later broke records as the most expensive highway project in U.S. history, running nearly $10 billion over budget. But it's only the most visible example of an increasingly common trend. Across the nation, construction projects large and small are spiraling out of control with delays and cost overruns. This webinar will examine the issues currently plaguing the construction industry and their rippling effects, and offer practical advice for owners wishing to eliminate inefficiency, lack of accountability, and waste in their projects.

e-Builder, a provider of web-based construction project management and collaboration solutions today announced it will host a webinar on November 14, 2007 based on the recently published book "Broken Buildings, Busted Budgets: How to Fix America's Trillion-Dollar Construction Industry". The event will be presented by the book's author Barry Le Patner, who will discuss the problems behind project delays and costly budget overruns that continually plague North America's construction industry. Mr. LePatner will also offer valuable and practical insights to help construction owners minimize risk, avoid costly surprises, and improve project delivery. To register, please visit https://www.gotomeeting.com/register/694815662

Jonathan Antevy, co-founder and CEO of e-Builder, will join Mr. LePatner and share his insights into what corporate owners can do to take a more proactive role in ensuring on-time, on-budget project execution. Jonathan brings over 12 years of first-hand experience on how owner organizations have leveraged technological advances to improve business processes and project delivery capabilities.

During this provocative webinar, Mr. LePatner will build a powerful case for change in America's $1.23 trillion construction industry, to eliminate the $120 billion wasted each year. As a recent Brookings Institution report highlights, the United States will spend $25 trillion on construction by 2030. A full $3 trillion of that will be wasted if the system continues unchecked.

This informative session will:
1.    Highlight the variables contributing to this waste, including the asymmetry of information and ineffective intermediaries;
2.    Define the players and their role in correcting the problem;
3.    Define what owners can do to regain control and avoid 'surprises'
4.    Provide insights to help owners identify and allocate risk
5.    Help owners better understand contract provisions and fixed-price implications

About Barry LePatner
Barry B. LePatner, Esq. is the founder of the New York City-based law firm LePatner & Associates LLP. For three decades, he has been prominent as an advisor on business and legal issues affecting the real estate, design, and construction industries.

A nationally recognized speaker, Mr. LePatner has addressed audiences on topics central to trends affecting the real estate industry at recent events including: "Real Estate Outlook," an annual seminar series for corporate and real estate executives; "Protecting the Owner from Pitfalls in Today's Construction Projects," a series of Continuing Legal Education lectures given to law firms and their in-house real estate departments; "Protection, Survival, Readiness: Project Strategy in the Post 9/11 World," a seminar presented to institutional, developer and corporate real estate executives; "Secure Space," a building security seminar for corporate owners and developers; and "Marketing for Design Professionals" at the Harvard Graduate School of Design's Summer Program, with A. Eugene Kohn from1990-2004.

He has written extensively and is widely quoted in the media on the subject of construction law. Mr. LePatner has previously co-authored the legal sections of the Interior Design Handbook, McGraw Hill 2001, and Structural & Foundation Failures: A Casebook for Architects, Engineers & Lawyers, McGraw Hill, 1982 co-authored with Sidney M. Johnson, P.E. For more information, visit http://www.lepatner.com/

About Jonathan Antevy
Jonathan N. Antevy is CEO and co-founder of e-Builder, Inc., a leading provider of web-based collaborative project management solutions that help owners frustrated with project delays and cost overruns.

After working for several Florida based construction companies he was admitted to the graduate construction management program at the M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction in 1993. In completing his degree, Jon researched and presented his year-long study of multimedia and Internet applications for the construction industry. In 1994 Jon formed e-Builder, Inc. His team led the industry in the design, development and implementation of Program Specific Web Sites, Extranets, and Intranets exclusively for the construction industry. e-Builder provides solutions that enable Web sites created for projects to be used for real-time communication, information exchange, scheduling and cost control.

Since June 1995, Jon has been featured over 30 times in Engineering News-Record. In January 1996, Jon was nominated by McGraw-Hill and ENR as one of the Top 25 Newsmakers of the Year for being the first to move practical construction applications onto the World Wide Web. In 1999, Jon was selected as one of the Top 125 Innovators in the Last 125 years of the Construction Industry, by ENR and McGraw Hill. In 2000, McGraw-Hill made its mark in the industry by exclusively teaming up and investing in e-Builder. For more information, visit http://www.e-builder.net

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