Experts to Help Construction Businesses Improve their ‘Lessons Learned’ Programs

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Three experts will share their insight on these programs later this month during a WPL Publishing webinar, which is targeted to board members, executive officers, general counsel, attorneys, outside counsel, corporate auditors, contractors, representatives of government agencies, subcontractors, manufacturers, suppliers, design professionals, engineers, and architects.

A trio of experts soon will advise attendees of a WPL Publishing webinar on how to improve their companies’ “lessons learned” programs for enhancing overall performance and reducing the potential for litigation.

Many companies have a formal lessons-learned program in place and ensure that their employees follow it. However, changing times have broadened the demands placed on these programs, and many lessons are going unlearned. Thus, there is much to be gained by strengthening these programs. Toward this end, WPL Publishing has scheduled a 90-minute webinar, where experts in this area will recommend specific steps for businesses to take to bolster their lessons-learned programs. The webinar is slated for Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. (EST). To register, visit

The webinar, entitled “When Lessons Learned … Aren’t,” will explore the following topics:

  • What makes the need for senior management participation so urgent.
  • Why gathering quantitative data is essential.
  • Why a spotlight needs to be turned on implementation programs.
  • The importance of careful legal oversight.
  • The value of independent, systematic forensic analysis.
  • Others topics related to lessons-learned programs.

Addressing attendees will be John Cunningham and Harold Dorbin, both senior vice presidents for Marsh Construction Consulting, as well as Richard Paciaroni, K&L Gates LLP chairman and partner.

Mr. Cunningham provides client services as an engineering expert in disputes, management consultant in pre-claims/claims avoidance, and advisor in corporate governance and risk-management enhancement. His expertise is in industrial construction, particularly in the energy sector, including power generation, cogeneration, electric transmission, pipelines, refineries, petrochemical complexes, and chemical plants.

Mr. Dorbin specializes in developing organization-wide project governance and project risk-management solutions on an international scale. He also leads construction-dispute engagements, has authored numerous technical expert reports, and has provided expert testimony in several court and arbitration settings.

For the past 24 years, Mr. Paciaroni has concentrated his law practice in the area of commercial litigation with an emphasis on engineering and construction law as well as international commercial transactions. He chairs the firm's Construction and Engineering Practice Group. He has extensive experience with construction disputes worldwide. In the construction field, his practice includes representation of owners, engineers, general contractors, and specialty subcontractors in matters involving the offshore oil and gas, petrochemical, steel, heavy and highway, pulp and paper, power generation, cogeneration, and general building construction industries on matters ranging from $1 million to $2.5 billion.

Following their presentations, there will be an interactive 10-to-15 minute question-and-answer session addressing relevant topics.

Webinar tuition is based on location, not number of participants, so each registration site can have multiple participants for one low price. To register, visit

WPL Publishing Co., Inc. produces three construction newsletters: Construction Claims Advisor (, Green Building Insider (, and Construction Advisor Today ( The company also hosts webinar series on topics relevant to the construction industry. WPL is on Twitter at CAT_Online.

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