Upcoming WPL Webinar to Examine Strategies for Addressing Defective Construction Plans, Specs

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A wide variety of construction professionals are expected to benefit from WPL Publishing’s interactive event, including public and private owners, construction managers, contractors, subcontractors, architects, and engineers. The American Institute of Architects has approved the webinar for 1.5 learning units.

An upcoming WPL Publishing webinar will offer advice on the best ways for contractors to address defective plans and specifications in construction projects. In addition to contractors, the event is designed to assist various other professionals in the construction industry, including owners, managers, subcontractors, architects, and engineers.
When problems that result from bad plans and specifications are encountered during construction projects, what are the best steps to resolve these problems without costly litigation? The webinar will offer suggestions on how to handle this issue from the perspectives of owners, architects, and contractors. To register for the 90-minute event, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. (EDT), visit http://tinyurl.com/8rn28v2.

In most instances, plans and specifications are critical to the success of any construction project. When the plans and specifications are clear and devoid of significant errors or omissions, the project is much more likely to be on time and within budget. But what happens when plans are riddled with errors, conflicts, or omissions? The webinar will provide attendees with valuable tips for addressing their obligations, rights, and remedies when confronted with poorly drafted, ambiguous, or conflicting plans and specifications on both public and private construction projects. Knowing what options are available and what construction professionals can or should do to mitigate damages, address the problem, and pursue or protect the parties’ rights will help webinar attendees when they encounter bad plans in the future.

Webinar speakers will discuss the role of parties to traditional design-bid-build projects and when obligations arise in the bid process due to faulty plans and specifications, who is at risk during construction, and theories and tips for recovery after construction. Webinar attendees will be more prepared to identify those situations where bad plans and specs might arise as well as understand what the parties’ various options, rights, and remedies might be. The event, entitled “To Kill a Project: Contractor Strategies for Dealing with Defective Plans and Specs,” will show attendees how to do the following:

  • Understand the perspectives of owners, architects, and contractors.
  • Review what to do when problems with plans and specs during construction arise.
  • Recognize potential legal issues.
  • Explain pre-bid and the bid process.
  • Resolve problems with the fewest number of headaches and least amount of risk.
  • Determine who is responsible and what the legal and equitable theories for recovery are.

Addressing webinar attendees will be Jonathan Dunn, Construction Practices group lead partner in Sedgwick Llp.’s Orange County, Calif., office. He has nearly 20 years’ experience in addressing complex legal and factual matters, especially those arising from construction projects and defaults on federal, state (public works), and private construction projects in the United States. He has experience in complex construction disputes, including delay, impact, disruption, inefficiency, extra-work, differing site conditions, bid-protests, subcontractor substitutions, and other construction claims.

Following Mr. Dunn’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/8rn28v2.

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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