Metric Design: It's Real
Metric construction is coming out of the ground in the U.S. as well as in the rest of the world. It's no longer something to be considered someday, somewhere. Metric—the Systeme...

Arches For A Parkway
The final phase of construction on the Natchez Trace Parkway (which follows a centuries-old 450 mi trail between Natchez, Miss. and Nashville, Tenn.) is nearing completion almost 60 years...

Cost Effective Risk Allocation for Coastal Engineering Projects
Project participants will benefit significantly by routinely taking a more systematic, structured, and global view of risk than is sometimes done at present. Enhanced and broadened cognizance...

Gate Maritime Wharf and Intermodal Facility
Gate Maritime Properties (GMP) is a small private port located in Jacksonville, Florida. In November of 1989, Gate signed a long-term lease agreement with the U.S. Department of the Navy...

Overhead and Profit on Change Orders
Have you ever wondered how many change orders it took to build the Egyptian pyramids or the Great Wall of China? The concepts of overhead, profit, and change orders have been around for...

Opportunities and Constraints for the Innovative Geotechnical Contractor

Engineering Pre-engineered Buildings
Pre-engineered buildings have become more sophisticated. There are several manuals and guides on how to engineer the so-called pre-engineered structures, but none are complete. There are...

Rethinking the Competitive Bid
Concern that the U.S. construction industry is losing its competitive edge is nothing new. Ironically, the problem is not so much rooted in foreign technical expertise as it is in our...

Rehabilitation of Urban Pipelines
The City of Los Angeles is embarking on a replacement and rehabilitation program for the distressed portions of its sanitary sewer system which will cost in the hundreds of millions of...

Connecting With DOTs
Want to bid on projects from state departments of transportation? First make sure your firm can translate computer-assisted drafting (CAD) drawings into different computer file formats....

Unit Pricing and Unbalanced Bids
Unit price contracts were meant to provide a simple and equitable way to pay contractors. However, to offset the uncertainties inherent in construction, contractors unbalance bid items....

Robert Moses Procurement and Model Tests — A Contractor's Perspective
This paper discusses (1) the need to provide realistic cost/benefit evaluation criteria in turbine bid specifications and (2) the benefits of competitive model testing. Recent procurement...

Who Pays for the Unexpected in Construction?—Owner as Engineer's Point of View
In the case of an unexpected discovery or development, it potentially may evolve into a three-cornered dispute among the Owner, Engineer, and Contractor. Frequently, it may become a two-sided...

Who Pays for the Unexpected in Construction—An Architect's Viewpoint
As an Architect, who in the first instance is contractually obligated to address the full range of design discipline services, the question of 'who pays for the unexpected...

Wrapping up Environmental Issues in an Embankment
Contamination on a construction site can lead to increased risk of unanticipated construction delays and increased costs. In response, some owners are opting for proactive approaches to...

The Strategy of Bidding for Profit
The ultimate goal of any contractor engaged in competitive bidding is to achieve the maximum profits possible on the jobs he bids, under the prevailing competitive conditions. By systematically...

Introduction to Immersed Tube Tunneling Symposium
Today's Symposium on Immersed Tube Tunneling is a continuation of a series of papers that began at Construction Congress '89 with discussion of mined tunnel subaqueous...

Zero-based Contracts for Dispute Avoidance
There is presently considerable interest in reducing the costs associated with disputes and litigation in the facility acquisition process. One of the best ways to reduce such costs is...

Partnering on the Bonneville Navigation Lock
The Portland District of the Corps of Engineers has found partnering to be a valuable technique for contract and project management. This paper presents details of the execution of the...

Time/Cost Bidding
This paper presents the details of a relatively new and innovative approach to determining the low bidder on highway construction contracts. In the cost and time method each bidder proposes...

 

 

 

 

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