This seminar is designed for attorneys, architects, engineers, subcontractors, contractors, project managers, owners, developers, lenders, real estate professionals and anyone involved in construction projects who wants an introduction on how to understand and read construction plans and schedules.
This seminar focuses on the importance of documentation in the successful prosecution of construction projects, with special emphasis on the construction plans and progress schedules. Attendees will learn how to read and understand construction plans and schedules, two of the most important documents on a construction project, next to the contracts. They will learn how the plans and the schedule interrelate. They will learn how to read, understand and interrelate all the parts of construction drawings: plans, sections, elevations, details, and other information contained on the drawings. They will also learn how to read both bar chart and CPM progress schedules, and the key concepts of each of these two types of scheduling. They will learn how these documents may lead to disputes or may be used to resolve disputes, either during the project or during litigation. They will learn the legal doctrines and concepts relevant to the importance of plans and schedules. This seminar is suitable for entry and mid-level industry professionals and for others involved in construction, including owners, who want to enhance their understanding of the basics of construction plans and progress schedules.
8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
I. Donít Ignore The Files: The Use And
Importance Of Construction
A. Construction Project Triads
1. The Parties: Owner, Designers, And Contractor
2. The Work: Scope, Cost And Time
3. The Disputes: Defects, Costs And Delay
B. The Importance Of Construction Documents And Plans
1. Whatís In The Clientís Job File: What An Attorney Hopes To Find And How To Use It
2. Defining The Contract Scope
3. Duty Of The Design Professional: The Standard Of Care
4. Legal Implications Of Reliance On The Plans By The Contractor And Subcontractors
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
II. Donít Stash The Plans In The Corner:
Understanding The Construction
A. Construction Plan Sets
1. Bid Set
2. Permit Set
3. Contract Set
4. Revised Set
5. As-Built Set
6. Typical Order Of Drawings In A Plan Set
B. The Typical Drawing Sheet
C. Plans, Sections, Elevations And Details
1. Reading The Plan
2. Relating Sections And Elevations To Plans
3. Types Of Drawings
4. The Language Of Architectural Drawing
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
II. Understanding The Construction
D. The Consultantsí Drawings
2. Specialty Designers: Landscape, Energy, Interior, Kitchen, Finishes
E. Symbols And Cross-References
F. Changes To The Plans
G. Titles And Scales
H. Specifications And Schedules
I. Submittals And Shop Drawings
J. Pitfalls Found In Construction Plans
1. Lack Of Coordination And Conflicts
2. Errors, Omissions And Ambiguities
3. Failure To Investigate Actual Conditions
4. Failure To Follow Codes And Standards
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch (On Your Own)
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
III. Understanding Time And Barchart
A. Overview Of Scheduling Today
B. Whatís The Rush Or Why Schedule?
C. Scheduling Specifications
D. Understanding Bar Chart Schedules
2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
IV. Understanding CPM Schedules
A. What Is Critical Path Method (CPM) Scheduling?
B. Calculating Start And Finish Dates Of Activities And Of The Project
C. Network Printouts And Plots: How To Read Them
D. Updating The CPM Schedule
E. Proving Delay
F. Common Tricks And Errors
3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
V. Legal Significance Of Construction
A. Contract Requirements To Provide Schedules And Effect Of Breach
B. Standard Of Care: Project Management And Schedules
C. Legal Effect Of Different Types Of Schedules: Bar Charts To CPM
D. Schedules As Factual Evidence
E. Schedules As Demonstrative Exhibits
F. Legal Issues Of Delay Analysis
G. Damages For Delay: Owner v. Contractor
4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
VI. Questions And Answers