October 30, 2014
12:30 PM - 6:00 PM
The Pinnacle Center Hudsonville MI
*CEU Registered Class
Signing a contract to perform commercial construction work without thoroughly understanding its General Requirements is like playing a brand new game without knowing any of the rules and risks associated with it. The General Requirements provide the basic rules governing most of the rest of the project, but often get overlooked by those who want to get right to the “fun stuff” – the plans and technical specifications. These project-specific conditions may make-or-break many otherwise successful projects, unless they are carefully planned out well before the project goes out to bid.
This presentation, by a certified professional estimator and an attorney (both with extensive experience within the construction industry), discusses many of the terms that are set forth in General Requirements: what they are, what they mean, and why they are necessary. By understanding the purpose of the General Requirements and their meaning, they can help you understand the “rules of the game” in commercial construction, helping you avoid embarrassing and costly mistakes. Among the topics that will be covered are the following:
* General rules of contract interpretation under Michigan law.
* What are “General Requirements”?
* Definition of key terms found in most General Requirements.
* What is the “Summary of Work”?
* What is the Construction Schedule, and how does it relate to and impact liquidated damages that might be available?
* General Requirements and their impact on getting paid.
This class will be a round table format with open discussion on the top five (5) challenges that facility managers face. The discussion will focus on the various problems that can arise from these challenges and what types of resolutions can be found to address them.
* CEU Registered Class
Continuous insulation, perimeter insulation, EPS, XPS, Polyiso – No matter what you call it or which rigid insulation you choose, rigid insulation is a key component in creating todays energy efficient buildings. Learn the unique properties of each material to better understand LTTR – long term thermal performance, point of diminishing returns, and long term environmental impact. From roofs systems, various wall assemblies, and below grade applications rigid insulation is one of the best investments an owner can make to minimize operating costs in the future.
Members of the construction industry are used to working with their hands, and knowing what tool or piece of equipment is best for which job quickly becomes second-nature. Too often, though, contractors, suppliers, architects and tradespeople forget about some of the most important tools that they possess: their negotiation skills.
Literally from the time the idea of a project pops into an owner’s head until final payment is made and secured, construction projects are filled with instances where the participants are negotiating terms and conditions that will impact the project itself and each of the parties who are working on it. Ignoring your negotiation skills and relying on either “the way it’s always been done” or “what I need to get out of this” is the equivalent of using a ball peen hammer for every job on the project: while it may work some of the time, it isn’t really the smartest way to do the job and could actually cause a lot of damage for you and others.
This presentation, by an attorney with nearly 25 years of construction-specific experience, focuses on the art of negotiating and its impact on construction-related issues. Among the topics that will be covered are the following:
* CEU Registered Class
Laser scanning (LiDAR) has multiple uses and types. We will be discussing types of laser scanners and platforms for laser scanning. Included in the presentation will be discussions regarding free software and viewers available, advantages and applications of laser scanning. By the end of this presentation, all attendees will have a general understanding of the technology and some of its uses.
Collaboration and web services are becoming the norm on more and more projects and transforming how the industry operates. Tools such as Autodesk BIM 360 (and others) enable almost anytime, anywhere access to project data throughout the building construction lifecycle. Come check it out and see what it has in store for you.