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Documentation is a vital function of construction management. If your profitability depends upon the collection of extras or the defense of claims made against you, and you have no records, the world's best consultants and lawyers will be unable to create them for you. And if you do have the records, but your documentation's organization and quality are poor, the cost of compiling suitable information for the pursuit or defense of a claim may be high. Effective documentation is the result of following simple guidelines and maintaining organizational discipline. The discipline needed for effective documentation requires the same management instruction, repetition, and follow-up construction professionals use to ensure that equipment is properly maintained, safe working practices are followed, and reports are submitted on time. Typically, completing paperwork on a construction project becomes burdensome; this is the point at which the ...

Overview The special or general conditions of many construction contracts contain warranty provisions. A typical warranty clause may require the contractor to repair or replace defects in materials or workmanship for up to one year after acceptance of the work by the owner. This type of provision reflects risks that most contractors or subcontractors can identify and analyze based on experienced warranty or call-back costs. When dealing with equipment vendors, contractors and subcontractors can readily compare their own warranty exposure to the provisions of a manufacturer's standard warranty and decide whether to seek an extended warranty provision in a purchase order. In addition to the typical one-year warranty, construction contracts may also obligate the contractor to other warranties of longer duration. These extended warranties can be imposed on a contractor in a less customary manner that results in a potential ...

Over the past 20 years, the design-build process has gained popularity throughout the engineering and construction industries. The Design-Build Institute of America estimates that by 2010, approximately 50% of all construction projects in America will use design-build. Regardless of whether these projections prove to be accurate, it is impossible to ignore that more projects are employing this alternative project delivery method. As shown in the table below, some projects lend themselves readily to the design-build process, while others continue to be constructed using the traditional design-bid-build process. Design-Bid Build Project Requires Heavy Owner Involvement Unique/Complex Facilities Residential High-End Commercial (Custom Features) Heavy/ Specializes Industrial Facilities Design-Build Less Owner Involvement Required "Cookie Cutter" Projects Gas Stations, Fast Food Restaurants Highways/Utilities/Light Industrial Public Schools What is Design-Build? Design-build is a construction methodology in which the owner contracts with a single entity to ...

Knowledge of the different construction claim types allows owners to recognize potential claims situations. This recognition can protect the owners from incurring losses and assist in recovering compensation. Many of the claim types discussed are interrelated, and frequently more than one of them may pertain to a particular situation. For the purpose of this article, we have divided claims into eight different types. Directed Changes - This type of claim involves a situation in which a contractor is required to perform work within the context of the contract, that is considered a change in the contractor's scope of work. This change might be an addition or deletion of work or the use of different methods, materials, or designs. By definition, the owner recognizes the existence of a directed change, but there may be disagreement regarding the amount of compensation due ...