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Project Constructability—A Contractor's View
This paper addresses a contractor's view of what can be done to improve project constructibility from the design through the actual construction of the project. It addresses...

Utilization of Specifications
Project specifications need to be practical, enforceable, and above all must be clear and specific enough to enable any competent builder to understand them, bid on them and carry them...

Mobilization for a Construction Project in an Urban Environment
Mobilization by a contractor for the construction of a major project must consider four basic objectives: efficient work performance, owner satisfaction, site safety, and minimal community...

Reflections on Design of a Turnkey Hydro-Power Project—Calaveras, California
Developing the Calaveras project under a turnkey agreement has shown that: (1) some 2 years can be saved, (2) cash flow for the owner is significantly delayed, because engineering is first...

U.S. Army Corps Engineers Construction Contract Claims Guidance System
Researchers at the U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (USA-CERL) have been developing an expert system called Claims Guidance System (CGS) to provide claims analysis...

Subcontractors' Concerns Regarding Productivity
This study suggests that smaller contractors, many of whom operate as sub-contractors, are less interested than larger firms in taking an active part in identifying, funding, and conducting...

EJCDC General Conditions
One of the first and most important of the Engineer's Documents generated was the Standard General Conditions of the Construction Contract. The current version of the General...

Discussion of the Use of Multi-Design Contracts
The paper begins by defining the multi-prime contract for design services, under which there is more than one contract between design professional and owner for a single project. It then...

Arbitration's Role in Construction Disputes
The earliest arbitration idea arose when two parties to a contract were unable to agree and thereupon submitted the question to an independent party to decide the issues. Most states now...

Change Orders & Claims—An Owner's Perspective
Generally, the changes come before the claims. The owner wants to know why a change is needed, how much it will cost, and why the need for it was only just discovered. More money spent...

Packaging Claims
The paper briefly discusses project records and how they may provide important information for claims, what they should contain, and packaging the claim....

Evaluating Alternatives in Construction Management
Construction professionals (i.e., construction owners and contractors) are constantly faced with the task of evaluating alternatives related to managerial issues such as the amount of...

Contracting for Quality Facilities
Currently, Department of Defense (DoD) contracting for facilities is done almost exclusively with sealed-bid solicitations, low-bid awards, and firm-fixed-price (FFP) contracts. Quality...

Third Party Interface Within the Construction Contract
The construction contract inevitably requires an interface with a third party, outside of the traditional Owner/Engineer-Contractor relationship. Often, the local jurisdictional body,...

Who Pays for the Unexpected in Construction? History, Guidelines and Philosophy for a Successful Resolution
The current procedures for resolutions of construction industry disputes are primarily through an adversarial approach that is costly and time-consuming. If there is to be a 'better...

Who Pays for the Unexpected in Construction—A Contractor's Viewpoint
There are two categories of 'unexpected' conditions inherent in a construction contract. The first are what might be regarded as normal construction risk such...

Who Pays for the Unexpected in Construction—An Engineer's Viewpoint
The focus of the discussion is on equity, risk, and defining what is meant by the unexpected in construction. These issues are clearly major elements in the disputes among the several...

Who Pays for the Unexpected in Construction?—The Owner's Viewpoint
The question of who pays for the unexpected in construction cannot be answered in a way that will apply to all situations. The contract documents are the starting point for determining...

A User's Guide to Federal Architect-Engineer Contracts
The User's Guide to Architect Engineers Contracts explores the process of selecting architect-engineer firms to perform design...

 

 

 

 

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