WPL Publishing to Host ‘Dealing with Contractor-Submitted Construction Schedules that Cannot be Approved’ Webinar

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The interactive event is targeted to a wide variety of professionals within the construction community, including contracting officers, public and private owners, owners’ representatives, construction managers, contractors, subcontractors, and designers involved in contract administration.

Experts addressing a WPL Publishing webinar audience later this month will offer plenty of advice about what to do when contractor-submitted construction schedules fail to gain approval.

Too many projects start without an approved baseline schedule, and sometimes the schedule or subsequent schedule updates are never approved. This raises risks to both the contractor and owner. However, if the risks to the owner of approving a schedule outweigh the benefits to the project, then the schedule should be rejected. In the case of rejection, knowing how to deal with a project that does not have an approved schedule in place can be critical to ensuring a successful project and protecting the parties’ interests. The webinar will address the difficult choices that must be made when a submitted schedule is either substandard or does not meet the requirements of the specification. To register for the 90-minute event, scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. (EST), visit http://tinyurl.com/bu4ujzt.

During the webinar, speakers Christopher Carson and Patrick Kelly of Alpha Corp. will do the following for attendees:

  • Describe the role of a baseline schedule.
  • Help owners understand their risks in approving “bad” or non-compliant construction schedules.
  • Show contractors why approval of a less-than-sufficient schedule can increase their risks.
  • Discuss common reasons why schedules fail to be approved.
  • Review recommended project-controls actions when schedules or schedule updates cannot be approved.
  • Provide general project actions that can be taken to increase opportunities to approve schedules.
  • Suggest scheduling specification language to help increase the ability of schedules to gain approval.
  • Review as-built record keeping and schedule log approaches to accurately track job progress.
  • Recommend industry actions that can be taken to increase opportunities for approving schedules.

Mr. Carson serves as Alpha’s corporate director of project controls. He provides standards, processes, and procedures for a team of schedulers, analysts, and project managers in multiple office locations, supplying all types of scheduling, estimating, and dispute-resolution schedule analysis. He has more than 35 years of experience in scheduling and management of all types of building construction and infrastructure projects. He has provided seminars for hundreds of professionals in critical path method (CPM) scheduling methodologies and manages the in-house training program at Alpha.

Mr. Kelly serves as a senior project controls and claims consultant for Alpha. He has more than 10 years of experience in job cost accounting and analysis, construction management practices, conceptual estimating, project estimating, and CPM scheduling and analysis. He has performed claim preparation and analysis on claims for delays, disruption, and acceleration for site development projects, roads and bridges, power projects, commercial buildings, manufacturing facilities, governmental facilities, and residential projects. He has performed real-time cost analyses for troubled projects and cost analyses for claimed damages on both commercial and residential projects. His estimates have been used in mediation and litigation environments, and he has testified at arbitration hearings before the American Arbitration Association.

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/bu4ujzt.

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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