Upcoming Webinar from WPL Publishing to Examine Trends in Construction Claims and Disputes

The interactive webinar, set to take place Nov. 13, is suited for a wide variety of professionals within the construction community, including contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, construction law attorneys, public and private owners, construction managers, and consultants. The course is pending approval for 1.5 American Institute of Architects learning units.

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WPL Publishing Co., Inc.

WPL Publishing Co., Inc. provides expert training, education, and development resources for the construction industry

Washington, DC (PRWEB) November 01, 2013

A webinar that WPL Publishing will hold later this month will report on what the newest trends are in construction claims and disputes as well as offer advice to industry professionals about how they can minimize problems resulting from these trends.

During the recession, the number of projects and construction companies declined even though the number of claims rose. From this growth, several trends have developed, including declining construction dispute values accompanied by increasing durations, court and appeals board decisions limiting damage recovery, increased use of false-claims allegations in response to contractor claims, and contractors trying to create new forms of claims. The webinar will explore these growing trends and ways to mitigate or avoid their negative impacts on construction claims and disputes. To register for the 90-minute event, scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. (EST), visit http://tinyurl.com/nluhvll.

“Trends in Construction Claims and Disputes: The Best Offense is a Good Defense -- Or Vice Versa?” will cover the following topics:

  • The increase in devalued construction claims that take longer to resolve.
  • The growing number of limitations on recovery of damages that are related to concurrent delay, compensable delay, suspensions of work, notice and filing requirements, time extensions, extended home office overhead, risk-transfer clauses, and differing site conditions.
  • The increased use of false-claims laws to ward off claims.
  • The emergence of constructive claims, “underinspection” claims, “equipment lost productivity” claims, and “expanded” general-conditions claims.

Addressing attendees will be Navigant Construction Forum Executive Director James Zack and Stephen Pitaniello, a managing director with Navigant Consulting Inc.’s Global Construction Practice.

Zack has served as executive director of corporate claims management for Fluor Corp., one of the world’s largest publicly owned engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance contractors working in the areas of energy, chemicals, infrastructure, manufacturing, life sciences, and mining. He also served as vice president of PinnacleOne, PinnacleOne Institute’s executive director, and a senior construction claims consultant for CH2M Hill Inc. For nearly 40 years, he has worked on private and public projects. In the construction claims field, he is a recognized and published expert in mitigation, analysis, and resolution or defense of construction claims and disputes.

Mr. Pitaniello is a registered professional engineer with more than 23 years of diverse construction and engineering experience. His broad range of construction expertise includes construction management, engineering design, estimating, contract administration, and construction inspection in the public and private sectors. Throughout his career, he has acquired solid project management skills by directly managing construction projects and teams of junior engineers and tradesmen. As a consultant, his experience includes Critical Path Method schedule development and analysis, owner’s representation services, and project-controls development. He has provided expert testimony in mediation, arbitration, and depositions.

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/nluhvll.

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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