Upcoming WPL Publishing Webinar Designed to Help Curtail Delays, Disruptions to Construction Projects

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The interactive event is tailored to help construction managers, owners, contractors, design professionals, and others avoid unnecessary delays and disruptions to their projects.

Construction professionals soon will have the chance to benefit from an upcoming WPL Publishing webinar that will advise them on how to minimize their exposure to delays and disruptions to their projects.

The 90-minute webinar, "Strategies for Dealing with Delay, Disruption, and Schedule Impact Claims in 2010," is scheduled for Tuesday, April 20 at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). The interactive webinar is suited for construction managers, public and private owners, contractors, design professionals, surety, and legal professionals. Construction industry experts Thomas Fertitta and Jeffrey Gilmore will make presentations at the webinar. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/yhowph7.

Delays and disruptions have become a greater threat to project success under current tight market conditions, thin margins, and strained project budgets. All stakeholders face increasing pressure to complete projects on-time and on-budget. Compounding the challenges of the current economy, project participants often are confronted with demanding contract terms, onerous federal requirements that accompany projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and other legal developments that must be considered in dealing with the risks of project delays. Successful project management demands that industry professionals more closely plan, monitor, and analyze construction progress, the impact of design changes, weather issues, and other factors that might increase the risk of delays and unexpected costs.

This program will review strategies for dealing with delays and disruptions, including the following:

  • Understanding critical contract requirements related to planning and scheduling.
  • Schedule management.
  • Analyzing and identifying the cause of actual or potential delays.
  • Proving and/or defending delay and disruption claims.
  • Preserving contract rights and remedies related to delays and disruptions.
  • Avoiding civil and criminal risks in the pursuit of delay damages.
  • Mitigating impacts of delay and disruption.

This program also will address the critical lessons of cases issued by courts within the past 12 months concerning common contract terms governing delays, time extensions, liquidated damages, and the implementation of scheduling specifications.

In addition, a 10-to-15 minute period has been reserved at the end of the panelist presentation for an interactive question-and-answer session so that attendees can discuss specific issues or gain additional knowledge about topics discussed.

Fertitta founded TDF LLC in April 2001 as a construction consulting services company. His broad, hands-on experience provides owners and contractors with a unique and objective view of project issues during all phases of the construction process. His insightful strategies assist clients in identifying and avoiding potential project risks, complying with severe project restrictions, exploring efficient construction sequences, and preparing persuasive analyses. He specializes in preparing Critical Path Method schedules and schedule analyses demonstrating delay, disruption, and acceleration. He has provided expert services for negotiation, mediation, arbitration, state court, and federal court regarding scheduling matters.

Gilmore is a shareholder in the Tysons Corner, Va., office of Akerman Senterfitt LLP and is the national chairperson of Akerman's Construction practice. His practice emphasizes domestic and international construction law involving a broad range of public and private matters, including EPC/design-build projects, healthcare, multi-family housing, power generation, petrochemical, and infrastructure projects (transportation, water, and public safety).

To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/yhowph7.

WPL Publishing Co., Inc. produces four construction newsletters: Construction Project Controls & BIM Report (http://www.projectcontrols.com), Construction Claims Advisor (http://www.constructionclaims.com), Green Building Insider (http://www.greenbuildinginsider.com), and Construction Advisor Today (http://www.constructionadvisortoday.com). The company also hosts webinar series on topics relevant to the construction industry. WPL is on Twitter at CAT_Online.

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