A CM Multiple Contracting Cost Model
The original purpose for construction management was cost savings through time savings and efficient operations. As the CM system expanded in use and scope of services other very significant...

Miramar/Alvarado Hydropower Projects
The San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) was organized in 1944 to provide imported water to member agencies in San Diego County. The 24 member agencies supply 90 percent of the water...

Competitive Model Testing for Replacement Runners at the Wells Hydroelectric Project
The Wells Hydroelectric Project, located on the Columbia River, contains ten Kaplan-type turbines. The plant has been in commercial operation since January, 1969. The runners have a long...

Use of Private Contracting in Highway Maintenance
Managing the business of highway and bridge maintenance in this country is largely a function of the public sector. As in the private sector, economic realities during the past decade...

Design Flexibility Cuts Costs
The Los Angeles Water Department saved $5 million on a pipeline project by investigating the capabilities of pipe fabricators to furnish the pipe size required and by being open to alternate...

Bid-Rigging: An Inside Story
William Carter, engineer and ASCE member, spent five months in prison in 1980 on conviction of conspiracy under U.S. antitrust laws in a case involving a Tennessee highway project for...

Organizing for Effective Project Management
Effective project management is an essential element in any engineering project. This paper traces through the planning, preliminary engineering, fixed design, bidding, construction, testing...

The Consulting Engineer's Resident Engineer on Public Works Projects
The importance to the owner, engineering firm, and construction contractor of a qualified Resident Engineer on a construction project cannot be overly emphasized. Similarly, the duties,...

The Resident Engineer—Contractor Relationship
This paper focuses on one type of contract and the relationship between the Contractor and the Resident Engineer that exists within that contract. The type of contract is where the Owner...

Avoiding Disputes: The Construction Manager's View
Avoiding and minimizing contract disputes, from the construction manager's (CM) point of view, begins during the preliminary planning and design stages and continues throughout...

Constructibility Review of Documents Before Bidding
Many claims have their inception at the very beginning of a project, specifically at the time of bidding. Contractors review the Contract Documents prior to bidding. The way in which they...

An Owner's Role in Dispute Avoidance & Resolution
Construction disputes can be avoided in number and severity through education of the project team. This paper will identify a variety of ways an owner can avoid disputes, pinpointing reasons....

Is There a Bid for Services in Your Future?
Selection of architect/engineer firms based on price in addition to qualifications is apparently here to stay. Those in favor of competitive negotiation say that it prevents corruption,...

Earthwork Bid Estimating and Equipment Selection System2 (EBEES2)

Are U.S. Firms Handicapped in Winning Foreign Jobs?
U.S. engineers and construction officials complain that inadequate U.S. government spending for feasibility studies viz-a-viz the Europeans and Asians, noncompetitive financing, and an...

Steel Cable-Stayed Bridges: Can They Compete in the U.S.?
During the past decade, concrete bridge designs have been winning more bids for contracts than steel cable-stayed bridges. Reasons for this trend are examined. A brief evolution of bridge...

Turnkey Projects for Downtown People Movers
Los Angeles, Detroit, and Miami received proposals for construction of downtown people mover systems. The requests for bids contemplated turnkey type construction contracts. The multiplicity...

Contractor Quality Control: An Evaluation
CQC (Contractor Quality Control) is a system mandated by certain government agencies to place the entire responsibility for quality control on a project upon the contractor. The contractor...

Bid Markup Calculation by Crew-Day Method
A method for the calculation of bid markup to be used by contractors is developed which relates to the capacity of a firm during a given time period and to its particular financial goals....

General Bidding Model
The general model of competitive bidding is not limited by the assumptions on which Friedman's and Gates' models depend. It is applicable to competition for which...

 

 

 

 

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