Upcoming WPL Publishing Webinar to Examine Common Mistakes that Cause Claims and Disputes in Construction

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The interactive event, scheduled to take place March 13, is suited for a wide variety of professionals within the construction community, including contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, public and private owners, construction managers, and consultants.

In just a few days, WPL Publishing will hold a webinar to shed light on what the most common mistakes are among construction owners and contractors that lead to claims and disputes.

The webinar will identify the top 10 mistakes owners make that cause claims as well as the top 10 contractor mistakes that give rise to disputes. In each of these two areas, a pair of expert presenters will share practical advice on how to avoid such problems. To register for the 90-minute event, set for Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. EDT, visit http://tinyurl.com/cxbc6m8.

When asked about the most common causes of construction claims, owners and contractors likely will recite a lengthy list that includes changes, delays, site conditions, lost labor productivity, etc. However, a recent global survey of the top five causes of claims found that contract administration issues are the largest cause of claims. The Navigant Construction Forum has determined that contract administration issues are not caused solely by one party to the contract but rather by both owners and contractors.

Topics covered in “20 Common Mistakes that Construction Owners & Contractors Make that Cause Claims and Disputes” will include the legal risk and practical problems that arise:

  • Due to the failure to settle delays as they arise.
  • When requests for information are used to correct errors or redesign a project.
  • As a result of discouraging written notices.
  • When changes commence without a written change order.
  • When time and cost damages are not tracked separately from base scope time and costs.
  • When contractors finance owner-caused changes.

Addressing webinar attendees will be James Zack, executive director of the Navigant Construction Forum, and Navigant Consulting Inc. Director Phil Spinelli.

Mr. Zack once served as executive director of corporate claims management for Fluor Corp., an engineering, procurement, construction, and maintenance contractor. 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. Spinelli has nearly 20 years of experience in the analysis of construction and manufacturing projects. He has performed forensic and proactive investigations of some of the largest and most complex construction projects in the United States, including the World Trade Center Redevelopment and the Central Artery Tunnel. His expertise includes the establishment, implementation, and execution of project controls throughout a project life cycle. He also has experience in dispute resolution, including schedule delay analyses, productivity analyses, disputed extra work reviews, and other areas.

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/cxbc6m8.

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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