WPL Publishing to Host Webinar on Shop Drawings in Construction

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The interactive event, scheduled for June 27, is suited for a wide variety of professionals within the construction community, including architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, construction managers, public and private owners, consultants, and construction law attorneys. The course has been approved for 1.5 American Institute of Architects learning units.

WPL Publishing Co., Inc.

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

In less than a month, WPL Publishing will host a webinar to help various professionals within the construction community understand the risks and obligations associated with the preparation and review of shop drawings.

Shop drawings are an integral part of the construction process and present unique legal challenges. Design professionals generally are responsible for plans and specifications while contractors are responsible for the means and methods they employ to construct a project.

Construction details often are produced by contractors and their subcontractors, however, and are reviewed by a design professional before being used. In this manner, constructors and subcontractors may venture into the design process and subject themselves to its attendant risks and liabilities. The production and use of these “shop drawings” involves a carefully orchestrated flow of papers, and attention to each party’s proper role is important to minimize risk. The webinar will present an overview of the rights and responsibilities of the parties regarding the use of shop drawings. To register for the 90-minute event, which will take place Thursday, June 27, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. (EDT), visit http://tinyurl.com/mgwd6ng.

The webinar, entitled “Shop Drawings: Risks & Obligations in the Preparation and Review Process,” will help attendees accomplish the following:

  • Understand the role of shop drawings in construction.
  • Learn the traditional legal obligations of architects, engineers, contractors, and subcontractors for design and construction.
  • Understand how standard form contracts allocate responsibility for shop drawings.
  • Become conversant with design professionals’ responsibilities and liabilities concerning shop drawing review.
  • Implement proper care and handling of shop drawings to limit unintended liabilities.
  • Appreciate the relationship among specifications, shop drawings, and the Spearin doctrine.

Addressing attendees will be Stephen Hess, who has been identified as a Best Lawyer in America in “Construction Law” and “Litigation -- Construction” through his practice with Sherman & Howard LLC in Colorado. He has written numerous law review articles on topics covering the breadth of construction law and litigation, spoken nationally at construction law programs, and written several treatises on litigation-related issues. He is an adjunct professor at Sturm College of Law (University of Denver). In addition, he is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s National Roster of Construction Arbitrators.

Following the 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/mgwd6ng.

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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