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COMMUNICATION MISTAKESHere are seven steps to prevent common mistakes in contracts.   

By Julia M.I. Holden-Davis

Construction contracts come in many shapes and sizes: from a handshake to several hundred-page agreements with numerous attachments. No matter the size, many of the same concerns exist and must be addressed. Here are seven questions to ask yourself to avoid some of the most common mistakes:

CONTRACTORS AND ELDER ABUSESeven ways to protect contractors from potential financial elder abuse claims.   

By James C. Earle

Financial elder abuse is a new area of potential civil and criminal liability for California contractors. This article outlines the relevant laws and the steps contractors can, and should take to mitigate the risks of liability.

VAPOR INTRUSIONThe first step to solving a vapor intrusion problem is recognizing it.   

By Wesley Robb

Vapor intrusion (VI) occurs when petroleum products or volatile chemicals contaminate groundwater, soil or a vapor plume then migrate into the breathable air of a building. It is a concern that was first brought to the public’s attention in the 1980s, but only recently grew awareness to the point where building developers are routinely exploring solutions for mitigating the risks associated with VI. 

PROJECT BUDGETINGWatch out for these pitfalls to accurate project budgeting.   

By Steve Nelson

Those who have ever had to create a construction project budget know that it’s part science, part art form, part relationships and – to be frank – part luck. Having said that, these are some common pitfalls that – if left unaccounted for – will cause a great deal of problems when trying to manage costs and the project design.

CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTSContract management technology has helped firms mitigate risk.   

By Timothy Donaghy

Contracts are the cement and rebar that help form the foundation of any company. This is particularly true in the architecture, engineering and construction industries. In this arena, contracts not only serve as the agreed-upon terms that exist with suppliers, subcontractors and customers, but also stipulate how those terms will adhere to many of the laws that exist in this heavily regulated space. This has become such a specialized discipline that the American Society of Civil Engineers even offers a course dedicated to construction contract management.

TECHNOLOGYVR technology will have a big impact on BIM.

By Amanda Comunale

Building Information modeling (BIM) is far from a new concept in the construction industry. Companies of all sizes are being driven toward BIM workflows and BIM enabling technologies in order to stay competitive. Autodesk Revit has become an industry staple and collaboration tools are continually being developed to enable better communication across global teams. These collaboration tools, coupled with the Cloud, allow teams to access projects from any location, on a mobile device or PC. With all of this technology available today, where will BIM go next?  

OP RESIDENTIALBy Jeremy P. Brummond and Patrick J. Thornton

The American Institute of Architecture (AIA) published its first integrated set of standardized contract documents for construction projects in 1911. The AIA A201 General Conditions – the AIA’s key contract documents – are now the most commonly used general conditions on building projects in the United States using the design, bid, build model. Typically, the AIA typically revises the A201 every ten years. In fall 2017, the AIA released its seventeenth version of the General Conditions: the AIA A201-2017. Some changes are significant and materially change risk allocation among the owner and contractor.  

OP INSTITUTIONALBy Ryne DeBoer

Technology and innovation will continue to significantly impact the construction industry – and 95 percent of executives in the space agree. By 2020, global IoT spending is expected to reach $1.29 trillion while the number of connected devices could surpass 20 billion.

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