Upcoming WPL Publishing Webinar to Examine Lessons-Learned Programs in Construction Projects

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The interactive webinar is expected to benefit board members, executive officers, general counsel, attorneys, outside counsel, corporate auditors, contractors, government agencies, subcontractors, manufacturers, suppliers, design professionals, engineers, and architects.

A trio of experts soon will advise attendees of a WPL webinar on how to improve their construction companies’ lessons-learned programs and minimize the risks of such programs backfiring through costly judgments.

Most forward-looking construction industry players have implemented lessons-learned programs and regard them as a useful learning tool. From minor technical tweaks in the field to major issues on construction means and methods, lessons learned convey knowledge from past projects and personnel to future endeavors. Sometimes, though, there are unintended beneficiaries -- opposing claimants who recover cash judgments via carelessly handled reports and erroneous admissions of well-meaning technical personnel who are just trying to fulfill their lessons-learned obligations. Lessons-learned databases can pose costly and potent risks to their users, yet with careful management and legal assistance these risks can be successfully addressed. To register for the 90-minute webinar, scheduled for Wednesday May 11, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. (EDT), visit http://tinyurl.com/3tzc273.

Many hard-earned lessons are going unlearned. This webinar addresses the following key trouble spots:

  • Where current lessons learned are failing.
  • Tapping executive management to capture vital strategic lessons.
  • Dealing with impediments to sustained corporate memory -- fewer long-span careers; languishing and unimplemented content.
  • Why no lesson is learned without causing a change to corporate systems.
  • Demand for quantitative data to justify change.

The webinar, entitled “Construction Lessons-Learned Programs: Rising Legal Risks and a Changing World Create Pressure for an Overhaul,” focuses on five key problem areas with typical lessons-learned programs and recommends specific enhancements to make attendees’ companies more resilient and less vulnerable to the risks of the construction business. Webinar attendees will see how existing systems can perpetuate the same old problems and expose companies to unnecessary losses in litigation. They also will learn corrective measures that can greatly improve performance in future projects.

Webinar attendees will learn about the following:

  • The pivotal role of careful, legal oversight.
  • The urgent requirement for senior-management participation.
  • Implementation programs as a mandatory next step.
  • The value of identifying and gathering quantitative data.
  • The need for an independent, systematic forensic approach to recording lessons learned.

Addressing webinar attendees will be John Cunningham and Harold Dorbin of Marsh Construction Consulting as well as Richard Paciaroni of K&L Gates Llp.

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 http://tinyurl.com/3tzc273.
WPL Publishing Co., Inc. produces three construction newsletters: 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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