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Construction Administration for Engineers

1.6 CEUs | Thursday–Friday, September 26–27


Wayne D. Reynolds, P.E., M.ASCE

"Excellent seminar! It covered topics that we face in everyday challenges. The instructor was very knowledgeable. Great job!"
—Carl Clark, Project Manager, City of Las Cruces, Las Cruces, NM

Purpose and Background

This seminar gives practical guidance on construction project administration, field management, and claims avoidance. Hundreds of participants have saved time and money on their projects by applying the principles and techniques set forth in this dynamic seminar. In two intensive days, you will follow the construction process from the preconstruction phase through project closeout, learning procedures, contract provisions, and rules of conduct that will help minimize and resolve claims and disputes. Information technology tools that can be used to assure a smooth flowing project will also be discussed.

Particular attention is paid to the claims-sensitive areas of communication between owners, architects, engineers, bidders, contractors, subcontractors, and other concerned parties. Special attention is also focused on the handling of changes during the bid phase, change orders during the construction phase, payments to contractors, claims, project closeout, and protection against liens and stop notices. The seminar is lecture/discussion format and includes numerous court and board of contract appeals cases as well as case studies that illustrate many of the key points of the seminar.

Seminar Benefits

  • Find out how to apply proven administrative principles and techniques to improve control of your construction projects from preconstruction through project closeout
  • Discover the importance of accurate record keeping
  • Learn how to keep construction projects on schedule and within budget
  • Avoid claims through effective communication
  • Minimize exposure to risk
  • Effectively supervise projects in the field
  • Find out how information technology can be used to achieve the above benefits

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Identify two procedures for effectively controlling projects
  • Identify two contract clauses that assure a quality project
  • Identify two techniques for completing projects in a timely manner
  • Identify two methods that minimize risk exposure for project participants
  • Identify two practices that provide claims protection for project participants

Assessment of Learning Outcomes

Achievement of the stated objectives will be confirmed with a written self-assessment at the conclusion of the seminar.

Special Features

Participants will receive: Construction Project Administration, 10th Edition, written by Edward R. Fisk and co-authored by Wayne Reynolds (Prentice Hall).

Who Should Attend?

This seminar is aimed primarily at observers (inspectors), resident project representatives (resident engineers), and project managers, but is also applicable to contract administrators, architects, engineers, owners, supervisory personnel, and field management personnel, all members of a construction project team whose actions affect each other. The focus is on the interaction between them and how, together, they can resolve the problems they encounter.

Seminar Outline

Day 1: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with a 1 hour lunch break

  • Project Delivery Systems
  • Partnering
  • Responsibility and Authority
  • On Site Responsibilities
  • Records and Reports: Documentation
  • Using Specifications for Contract Administration
  • Construction Laws and Public Contracts
  • Construction Safety
  • Preconstruction Operations

Day 2: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with a 1 hour lunch break

  • Construction Planning and Scheduling
  • Construction Operations
  • Measurement for Payment
  • Construction Materials and Workmanship
  • Changes and Extra Work
  • Risk Allocation
  • Claims and Disputes: Alternate Dispute Resolution
  • Project Closeout and Lien Protection

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