WPL Publishing to Hold Webinar on Cumulative Impact Claims in Construction

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The interactive event, entitled “Cumulative Impact 2012: Practical and Legal Considerations for a Successful Claim, Including a Comprehensive Case Law Review,” is targeted to various professionals in the construction community, including contractors, subcontractors, public and private owners, construction managers, schedulers, consultants, architects, and engineers involved in construction project management and administration.

Early next month, WPL Publishing will sponsor a webinar to help professionals in the construction community understand and address cumulative impact claims.

Cumulative impact is a situation in which project disruption, delay, and lost productivity can result from numerous changes and RFIs taking place. Direct costs may be negotiated for each change, but cumulatively, over time, a contractor can experience impact to his work that causes extra costs and delays. To recover these costs, a contractor must meet a generally recognized set of conditions. Successful recovery of such extra, subtle costs is not guaranteed, however, and may hinge on the judgment of a deciding board or court. The 90-minute webinar, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. (EST), will help construction professionals understand the circumstances when a cumulative impact claim may be operative and what can be recovered. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/7dhjpw7.

Webinar attendees will learn the ins and outs of this complex issue, including the following:

  • What constitutes a cumulative impact claim?
  • The cumulative effect of numerous changes/RFIs on productivity, schedule, and cost.
  • Disruption, delay, and other types of impact costs that may be recoverable.
  • How to document, prepare for, and defend against a cumulative impact claim.
  • Causation, liability, and damages -- testing the validity of a change request.
  • Standard methods for measuring damages.
  • Different Measured Mile approaches -- what works and what does not work.
  • Contract modification disclaimers and other roadblocks.

Also, there will be a case law review of more than 20 decisions with a focus on why the claims were upheld or denied.

Addressing attendees will be William Ibbs, a professor and group leader of the construction management program in the University of California at Berkeley’s civil engineering department, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in construction management. In addition, he serves as a consultant, expert witness, and mediator on process, building, and infrastructure projects throughout the world for Ibbs Consulting Group.

After the 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/7dhjpw7.

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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