Upcoming WPL Publishing Webinar to Examine Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) Contracts

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The interactive event is suited for owners, contractors, and engineers who are working (or soon will work) on a construction project using the GMP format of project delivery and who want to enhance their practical working knowledge of GMP contracts. The webinar also can benefit attorneys for owners, contractors, and engineers who want to familiarize themselves with the practical application of typical GMP contract provisions and improve their ability to tailor GMP contract clauses to better meet the needs of their clients.

WPL Publishing soon will host a webinar to help professionals in the construction community understand and address guaranteed maximum price (GMP) contracts.

As owners have searched for project-delivery systems that reduce the time it takes to get from conception of the construction project to completion, one of the most common approaches has been to use GMP contracts. As the use of the GMP contract format has proliferated, so have disputes. The nature of many of these disputes strongly suggests that the parties using them do not fully understand the differences between GMP contracts and the contracts that the users are accustomed to working under or the risks that are inherent to this delivery system. The 90-minute webinar, scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. (EDT), is designed to help minimize these problems. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/3obmjby.

Topics will include an in-depth description and analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of this contracting format, the four phases of work that are typical when working under a GMP format, the components of a GMP and why it is so important to fully understand how each is defined, and the conditions that apply to the payment of each component.

In addition, this webinar will discuss the things to do and not do during each of these phases, administrative burdens placed on each of the parties when using this contracting format, what a change is under a GMP contract and how it differs from changes under other contracts, and how contractors may need to change their standard subcontracts when working on a GMP project. The webinar will clarify for attendees the following:

  • The fundamental differences between GMP contracts and other contracts.
  • The components of a GMP and how each component is administered as work proceeds.
  • What the four phases of work typically are when working under a GMP format.
  • How the work completed during each phase can affect the likelihood of success.
  • The definition of what a change is under a GMP contract.

Addressing attendees will be Trauner Consulting Services Inc. Director Richard Burnham, a construction industry executive and attorney. He brings years of hands-on experience with all types of projects and a spectrum of contract delivery methods from various perspectives. A former adjunct professor at a highly regarded engineering college, he has lectured on litigation avoidance, analysis of construction claims, and critical path method scheduling.

Following Mr. Burnham’s presentation, 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/3obmjby.

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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