E-news for the Construction Division November 2005

Seminar Series Raises the Bar for Construction Dialogue

Construction is a big word that can include millions of players and business interests beyond the professional engineer. The owner of the project as well as the designers, constructors, code officials, and professional engineers from every practice environment seem diverse; yet, they share the desire to start and complete construction projects that make good business sense for everyone. The knowledge and points of view that the many players in construction share is the focus of the ResPECt Web Seminar Series for 2005-06, which kicks off at 2 p.m. E.S.T. Thursday, November 17, with Paul Bakken, P.E., presenting "The TRIAD System That Makes Everyone a Winner."

How can you use this Web seminar experience to increase your value and visibility in the construction industry? What information and lessons can you take away from each of the five Web seminars that will make a difference in the way you approach your work and achieve understanding and cooperation with the construction "chain of command"—all the way to the top? How does the knowledge from these seminars increase your income? The best way to get solid answers to those questions is to register for some or all of the five seminars. If you consider this a high-level business meeting and invest in the most important asset in your company—you and your construction team—then it’s the best time and money you’ll put on the line for 2005-06.

Each seminar offers 90 minutes of great information, specific lessons, stories of how other professional engineers made the ideas and systems work for them, and opportunities to participate in the class dialogue with the instructor. It all happens in the convenience of your office. The series was created as a big picture on the most important issues and areas of greatest opportunities or struggles for engineers in construction. These seminars present the topics you want to discuss and resolve.

If you sign up for two or more Web seminars in the series, you will experience the way each lesson and each instructor combines expertise and "need to know" information to make the learning even more interesting for you. If you’ve watched any television series, you know how each episode is its own story and it builds on a larger story that makes it a series. That’s how PEC created these five Web seminars.

There are other major benefits that go directly into your business when you register for several seminars at one time. If you select all five seminars on the registration form, you get five for the price of four! Because each registration is good for one connection point at your office, you can invite others to join you, where you have the phone line and computer set up, to learn.

Make it your best year yet. Save the gas and time it takes to travel to top-quality seminars to continue your professional education and secure credits for renewing your PE status.


Did You Miss the Indemnification and Risk Allocation Seminar?

On October 18, PEPP sponsored a seminar, Indemnification and Risk Allocation—Reaping the Benefits of the EJCDC Contract Documents, as the follow up to last year's six sessions on EJCDC documents and the beginning of many PEPP or PEPP's Council of Principals education sessions.

Barbara Sable, an attorney with Ames & Gough Inc., named four general rules for contracting and managing projects:

  • Assign each responsibility to only one party. Co-responsibility often leads to either duplicating of efforts or, even worse, overlooking certain details because each party thought the other would handle them;
  • Assign each responsibility to the party most capable of fulfilling it. Recognize that this may mean, for example, the party with the relevant experience, appropriate skill, available time, or ability to insure the risk;
  • Assign each responsibility with the authority to carry it out. For example, if we are working on a traditional design-bid-build project and there is a responsibility in your firm’s contract with the owner, then that responsibility should be reflected as an authority to carry it out in the contractor’s contract with the owner. In other words, the contracts should be coordinated so that each party understands the responsibilities and respects the authorities of the other parties; and
  • Establish reasonable and realistic expectations. Look out for the red-flag words that may indicate that the expectations are either unreasonable or unrealistic.

Sable discussed how EJCDC contract documents, by doing the above, can help limit your liability and allocate your risk. She explained that EJCDC contract documents help by

  • presenting an ordered scope of work;
  • identifying and clarifying relationships among the parties;
  • allocating responsibility and risk;
  • confirming understanding in writing;
  • clarifying the owners responsibilities; and
  • addressing dispute resolution.

Missed the presentation? Stay alert for future notice of when the recording of the presentation will be available. The 2004 sessions, Using and Understanding Construction Contract Documents and Using and Understanding Engineering Services Agreements are still available and relevant. To view the recorded seminars, visit C2Ed's Web site.

EJCDC contract documents are multi-use, easily downloadable, peer created, and reviewed documents in Microsoft Word. The standard contract documents are balanced and fair, created for the benefit of all parties involved in engineering design and construction projects.

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Nominate to Show You Appreciate a New or Improved Product

The 2006 NSPE New Product Awards program is now inviting entries for exemplary new products that demonstrate the innovative use of engineering principles and provide overall benefits to society through February 15.

Now in its 24th year, the program was developed and is coordinated by NSPE's Professional Engineers in Industry practice division in an effort to recognize new and improved products that stimulate the life and growth of the U.S.

Any new product, machine, process, or material that has been developed or manufactured only in the U.S. may be entered, provided that it was first placed on the market between 2001 and 2005. Entries are judged on annual sales and economic effect, innovative use of engineering principles, and improved function.

Further information and nomination forms are available on PEI's Web site or can be obtained by contacting PEI Practice Division Manager Erin Garcia-Reyes.

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2006 Scholarships and Internships Deadlines Approach

NSPE is accepting applications for several scholarships and the Milton F. Lunch Memorial Internship.

Visit the NSPE Scholarship Web site for more information and application forms.

To learn more about the Milton F. Lunch Memorial Internship, visit the NSPE Educational Foundation Web site.

Graduate students should visit the NSPE Scholarship for Graduate Studies Web site.

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Contact the PEC Executive Board

PEC 2005-06 Executive Board Roster

E. Terence Foster, Ph.D., P.E., F.NSPE
Omaha, NE

Immediate Past Chair
Donn Zang, P.E.
West Chester, PA

Arthur DeWit, P.E.
Lake Havasu, AZ

Leonard "Bud" Darby, P.E.
Alexandria, VA
Northeast Region Vice Chair
Jon Drosendahl, P.E.
Glenshaw, PA
North Central Region Vice Chair
James Goedert, Ph.D., P.E.
Omaha, NE
Southeast Region Vice Chair
James Neff, P.E.
Gainesville, FL
Southwest Region Vice Chair
Thomas Prag, P.E., CCCA.
Tulsa, OK

Central Region Vice Chair
Carl Meglan, P.E.
Pickney, MI

Western and Pacific Region Vice Chair
William Beery, P.E.
Hilo, HI
PEC Staff Liaison
Kim Granados

tel: 703-684-2857

PEC Homepage

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