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Tall Wood: The New Steel and Concrete

Next generation of high-rise buildings might use advanced engineered wood for structural integrity and sustainability, but what are the risks?

Topics: Architecture, Brian Hill, Building Codes and Standards, US Green Building Council, Sustainability, Scott Riffenburgh, Publications, Commercial Construction, Building Materials

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Hard to Handle: Managing Increasingly Complex Construction Claims

Through my work in construction forensics over the past 20 years, I have had a front row seat to over 1,000 construction lawsuits, claims and other disputes. From allegations over defective design, manufacture or installation, to claims of delay or cost overruns, ...

Topics: Construction Delay Claims, Construction Forensics, Construction Claims, Trends, Publications, Construction Defect Claims

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Understanding Delay Claims: Looking Beyond the CPM

First, the basics. The Critical Path Method, or CPM, is the most commonly used scheduling technique in the construction industry today, designed to minimize delays and enhance accountability, so that projects can progress most effectively and efficiently.

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Topics: Construction Delay Claims, Construction Forensics, Construction Claims, Publications

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The Gold Standard: What Makes an Effective Quality Assurance Program For Construction

Having an effective Quality Assurance program for construction with clear and well established procedures goes a long way in constructing a building that will stand the test of time. No matter how great the superintendent or professional workforce may be at their ...

Topics: QA, Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Quality management, Publications

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Digging for the Big Data Gold in Today’s Construction Projects

About a year ago, I had the honor of representing Xpera Group at Zweig Group’s annual Hot Firms conference, which celebrates the top architecture, engineering and construction consulting firms in the country. In her opening keynote address, Zweig’s director of ...

Topics: Construction Forensics, Brian Hill, Innovation and Technology, Trends, Publications

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Why Basis of Design Is Critical for Design-Build Projects

Design-Build has become a very popular project delivery method for both the private and public sectors within the construction industry. As a modernized take on the “master builder” model that has served mankind for millennia, the contract creates a single ...

Topics: Construction Management, CM, Ted Bumgardner, CM/Development Services, Construction Legal Issues, Publications, contracts

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Fires, Floods & Quakes: A Proactive Approach to Risk Management

The toll of natural disasters over the past several months has been shocking. While we watch the evening news with empathy for the victims of flooding, fires and earthquakes, I’m sure many of us are asking ourselves what would we do in similar circumstances.

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Topics: Ted Bumgardner, Risk Management, Construction Forensics, Publications, Property Loss, Damage Assessments

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Preventing Balcony Collapse: Who, What, Where, When, Why & How

Part 3: Industry Issues Series

Topics: Specialty Experts, Architecture / Engineering, Construction Forensics, Brian Hill, Balcony, Publications

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Duty to Defend: Passage of Senate Bill 496 and What That Means to the Design Profession in California

The following is a guest column from Jeff Cavignac, president of San Diego insurance brokerage firm Cavignac & Associates, who has been a trusted colleague and service provider for Xpera Group for a number of years. We thank ...

Topics: Architecture, Litigation, California, Law, insurance, Publications

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Walkway Auditing: Managing the Risks to Prevent Slips and Falls

Slips, trips and falls are the most common accidents to occur in the workplace and in public spaces. One of the most effective ways to identify and handle the risk of slip and fall claims is by having a Certified Walkway Auditor perform a Walkway Audit. Yet, few ...

Topics: Walkway Auditing, Risk Management, Stephen Wilson, building science, Publications

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