Construction Plans, Specifications and Bidding Documents
This course begins with the basics of reading drawings and specifications, then adds the critically important task of understanding how to coordinate between the two sets of documents. Before compiling and submitting a bid for a project, a contractor must have a clear picture of how to interpret conflicts in the bidding documents and bidding language instructions. Bid bonds, bid forms, addenda and the nuances surrounding providing pricing to public and private owners can make or break a contractor.
Cost Estimating, Budgeting and Change Orders
Each construction project is unique, and capturing the cost to complete a project, whether estimating during design or in preparation for bidding, is part an exercise in mathematics and science, and part art. This course focuses on cost estimating and budgeting skills. A second inevitable aspect of almost any project is managing change and getting formal approvals for costs associated with changing scope or schedule, not uncommon during the construction process.
Construction project schedule issues are the most common problem on any project. Whether a project starts on time, behind schedule, with an overly aggressive schedule or plenty of so-called 'float', managing the schedule is one of the most important tasks for a construction professional. This course focuses on what it means to be on schedule in the midst of extremes of weather, materials, machinery, technology, people, even politics. As well, we look at an almost inevitable aspect of almost any project, which is managing change and getting formal approvals for costs associated with changing scope or schedule.
Construction Document Management
The success or failure of a project is rarely attributed to the paperwork side of the equation when juxtaposed against scheduling and the quality of the contractors hired; however, when essential construction process documents do not flow smoothly, the entire job can grind to a halt. Managing the relevant paperwork processes - requests for information (RFI), Bulletins, ASI’s, Submittals, Change Orders, project closeout documents, etc. - is the focus of this course.
Construction Law and Construction Labor Law
Construction has become increasing litigious, like so many other facets of modern life. Increasing specialization in design teams as well as fragmentation and specialization in the construction trade contractor industry has created an environment with dozens of stakeholders on every project, with that many more opportunities for conflict. Resolving conflicts between designers, contractors, subcontractors, consultants, and owners is an inevitable task for a construction professional because there are no perfect design documents. Understanding the basis for resolving disputes – matters of law, human resources conflicts internal to organizations, or matters of document interpretation, etc. -without having to engage legal counsel is best for all parties interested in a timely, cost-effective solution. This course provides tools to analyze construction conflicts and bring the appropriate attention and resources to bear for resolution.
Construction Project Management
Construction projects are a collection of individuals who are usually striving toward a common goal. Arriving at the same outcome, a timely completion of a quality project, within budget, is beneficial for owners, contractors, architects and local public officials alike. Engaging the project stakeholders in a cooperative effort to reach the common goal, however, can be derailed without attention to the risks and reports of key project metrics. Combining the technical skills in the previous courses with a comprehensive approach to win-win problem-solving is the essence of successful construction project management. This course identifies and explores those techniques commonly used by successful construction project managers to engage their stakeholders in a true team effort.