On-Demand Course

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0.4 CEUs / 4 PDHs


Member $175 | Non-member $225


Douglas, D. Gransberg, Ph.D., P.E., A.MASCE

Purpose and background

This course provides specific examples of how to apply fundamental legal doctrines, such as the Spearin Doctrine that governs errors and omissions in construction documents. This course will discuss how plans, specifications, and construction documents act as contract instruments, including hierarchies, ambiguities, and conflicts. Issues associated with standard risk shedding clauses and the impact of exculpatory clauses on dispute resolution will be covered. There will be explanations of how the concepts of delay, force majeure, differing conditions, and other typical contract administration issues that lead to cost and schedule growth during construction. Common forms of dispute resolution, such as arbitration, mediation, and litigation will also be discussed.

Benefits and learning outcomes

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain how the project deign documents become contract instruments and apply them to contract interpretation of construction quality.
  • Identify the elements of a binding contract and apply those to determine if a contract change is in order.
  • List the different types of contract administration authority and explain the typical roles and responsibilities.
  • Apply the fundamental principles on construction contract law to a typical construction administration case study.
  • Describe the differences between arbitration, mediation, and litigation and the role of the contract in each.
  • Apply the contract requirements for cost, schedule, and quality management to a typical construction project.

Assessment of learning outcomes

Achievement of the learning outcomes by attendees will be assessed through a short post-assessment (true-false, multiple choice, and fill in the blank questions) will also be administered.

Who should attend?

  • Entry-level engineers
  • Architects
  • Construction professionals
  • Project managers
  • Design managers
  • Construction office engineers
  • Schedulers
  • Estimators

Course outline

Module 1 : Introduction to project contract administration (60 min)

  • Lesson 1.1 = Introduction to construction contracts and administration
  • Lesson 1.2 = Construction documents as contract administration tools
  • Lesson 1.3 = Contract administration case study
  • Lesson 1.4 = Interview with attorney

Module 2 : Fundamentals of contract law

  • Lesson 2.1 = Principles of construction contract formation
  • Lesson 2.2 = Roles and responsibilities of the parties
  • Lesson 2.3 = Contract formation case study

Module 3 : Construction administration

  • Lesson 3.1 = Schedules, payments, and submittals
  • Lesson 3.2 = Reporting, safety, and quality assurance
  • Lesson 3.3 = Construction administration case study
  • Lesson 3.4 = Interview with construction contractor

Module 4 : Changes, claims, and dispute resolution

  • Lesson 4.1 = Contract changes
  • Lesson 4.2 = Alternative dispute resolution
  • Lesson 4.3 = Dispute resolution case study