WPL Publishing Schedules ‘Empowering the Project Team to Successfully Avoid Claims’ Webinar

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WPL’s interactive event is suited for a wide variety of professionals within the construction industry, including contractors, subcontractors, public and private owners, construction managers, owners’ representatives, architects, and other design professionals writing contracts or providing project-oversight services. The webinar also can benefit construction law attorneys who represent these parties in disputes.

WPL Publishing soon will host a webinar to help construction project teams avoid claims.

The key to successful claims avoidance, once a project contract has been executed, is to provide a project team with the tools it needs to identify problems quickly, measure impacts reliably, and price those impacts fairly to resolve changes as they arise and, thus, avoid claims. Although many contracts are written to avoid claims, in reality, some contribute more to claims avoidance than others. Also, many widely used construction-management approaches actually encourage claims. Both the contract and standard practices can operate like “claims generation machines.” The 90-minute webinar is designed to help construction professionals spot the warning signs of such claims. To register for the event, scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, at 1:00 (EST), visit http://tinyurl.com/cqc7xxs.

Among other things, the webinar will do the following:

  • Define changes and claims and show how and why claims arise.
  • Identify specifications that encourage claims.
  • Evaluate construction management practices and contract specifications that encourage claims.
  • Explain best practices for claims avoidance.
  • Identify use of “time and material” provisions to price changes.
  • Show how to achieve success despite these specifications.
  • Review construction management practices that encourage claims and avoid claims.

Addressing webinar attendees will be Trauner Consulting Services Inc. Principal J. Scott Lowe. His expertise lies in the areas of critical path method scheduling, construction claim preparation and evaluation, dispute resolution, technical document development, contract administration, and cost analysis. He has directed and performed virtually all types of analyses, including those involving delay, productivity, and efficiency, including cost and the determination of damages, on varied projects throughout the U.S. and abroad. On many occasions, he has provided expert testimony at deposition, arbitration, and trial.

Lowe serves as the chairperson of the Construction Association of America’s (CMAA) time-management committee, which developed CMAA’s Standard of Practice and Procedures for Time Management. He conducts seminars throughout the country on the topics of construction scheduling, claims avoidance and resolution, project management, delays, acceleration, and inefficiency.

Lowe is a registered professional engineer in Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Wyoming. He also is a certified construction documents technologist.

After Mr. Lowe’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/cqc7xxs.

WPL Publishing Co., Inc. provides expert training, education, and development resources for the construction industry via live webinars and its ConstructionPro Network website (http://www.ConstructionProNet.com). Through ConstructionPro Network, WPL publishes the independent newsletter ConstructionPro Week, providing news, analysis, and insightful commentary about recent developments involving construction law, green buildings, building information modeling, and various construction managerial technologies and techniques.

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