WPL Publishing to Host Three-Part Webinar Series on Lost Productivity in Construction

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The series of three 90-minute webinars is tailored for a wide variety of professionals in the construction community, including contractors, owners, construction managers and owners’ representatives who want to further their understanding of lost-productivity issues, gain insight into how to properly prepare or analyze a lost-productivity claim, or learn best practices for improving jobsite productivity.

In less than two weeks, WPL Publishing will kick off a three-part webinar series focusing on lost productivity in construction. The series is designed to help various professionals in the construction community understand what productivity is and how it should be measured, how they should address lost-productivity claims, and what they can do to mitigate project inefficiency.

The series, entitled “Expert Series on Lost Productivity in Construction 2012: Industry Experts Provide Best Practices in Identification, Claims Development, and Mitigation,” will include the following sessions: “Lost Productivity Claims -- Identification and Measurement,” which will take place April 26; “Pricing, Preparation, Support, and Analysis of Lost-Productivity Claims,” which is scheduled for May 10; and “Best Practices in Mitigating Inefficiency and Improving Productivity,” which is set for May 17. Each 90-minute webinar will begin at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). To register either for the entire series or individual webinars, visit http://tinyurl.com/7g5dqf8.

During “Lost Productivity Claims,” William Ibbs of the University of California, Berkeley will discuss ways in which productivity can be measured and how performance ratios, trending, and forecasting can be used. Webinar attendees will learn the latest technical and legal concepts associated with loss of productivity. Questions such as the following will be addressed: “What is productivity?"; "How should it be measured?"; "What guidelines, methods, and tools are commonly used to measure loss of productivity?"; and "When can a loss-of-productivity claim be asserted?"

For the May 10 webinar, Sage Consulting Group President William Schwartzkopf will review what works in pricing, preparation, support, and analysis of lost-productivity claims. The importance of a detailed analysis using actual cost records will be highlighted, and several examples will be used to illustrate the calculation of damages by various methods such as actual cost, total cost, modified total cost, measured mile, and earned value. Webinar attendees will learn which of the accepted methods of calculating lost labor productivity are appropriate in different situations and how to calculate other types of costs, including extended field and home office overhead, labor and equipment escalation costs, overtime, and acceleration costs.

During the “Best Practices” webinar, Construction Concepts’ Jason Plattenberger will present techniques for developing and managing productivity improvement in an unpredictable, low-productivity project situation. Even without lost-productivity scenarios, the average construction operation underperforms production capacity by a factor of three or four times. Careful study of work at the crew level may reveal massive amounts of delay time, wasted effort, and inefficient and ineffective use of resources. He will focus on solutions to increase overall project performance via production management and quality management concept and tools. Used correctly, these production and quality management tools increase project reliability (and predictability), trust, and commitment among involved construction parties. In addition, he will review the importance of owner involvement early on, whether it is part of a fixed-price, design-build, or other delivery method.

At the conclusion of each webinar, 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/7g5dqf8.

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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