Managing Construction Projects

Managing Construction Projects: Planning, Design, Contracts, Records, Legal Issues, and More

There are many steps that can be taken to insure that construction projects are completed on time, within budget and without claims and litigation. The intent of this seminar is to discuss the actions necessary to accomplish these goals. This workshop will be taught by a nationally recognized expert in planning and managing building projects, especially capital projects. The principles covered can be applied to commercial construction projects, no matter what scale they are. You will focus on several key aspects of a project, including: Managing the Design Phase, Developing Effective Contracts, Potential Pitfalls and Legal Issues, Managing Information Flow, Keeping Records, Partnering and Team Building, and Resolving Cost-effective Claims. You will discuss the importance of scheduling and cost control, and how to improve communication between client, designer, and contractors. You'll look at the importance of developing clear and thorough contracts, how to set up a "contract checklist," how to identify and eliminate ambiguous clauses, and how to interpret exculpatory clauses. The 12 greatest problems developers/owners, designers, and contractors face in completing projects on time, within budget, and without litigation will also be discussed; and you'll hear practical and proven solutions to these often repeated problems. You'll also discuss how to maintain the flow of documents such as RFIs, correspondence, change orders, submittals, etc., as well as how to make recordkeeping easier and more effective. Finally, you'll learn how to: manage a project avoiding costly surprises, how to obtain and organize necessary information for any claim that might arise, and how to move a claim to resolution while staying on budget. 

(This  is part of the Project Management Certificate Program, but you do not need to enroll in the program to take this workshop.)

Instructor Bios


Managing Construction Projects: Planning, Design, Contracts, Records, Legal Issues, and More

  • Roy Wilson

    Roy L. Wilson, P.E., M.B.A., is president of Wilson Management Associates, Inc., a prominent consulting firm in New York that specializes in the prevention, preparation and resolution of construction claims throughout the U.S. and abroad. He was Director of the Construction Engineering and Management Program at Columbia University, and taught graduate-level courses for over 25 years. He has extensive experience in various facets of the construction industry, including positions as vice president, division engineer, staff engineer, scheduler, and consultant. He has consulted on many major commercial, governmental, and residential construction projects, including hospitals, office buildings, water treatment and power plants, highways, and industrial facilities. He has authored numerous articles and lectured extensively on the subject of construction claims.

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