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Presented by:
David J. Hatem, PC, Partner, Chair, Professional Practices Group, Donovan | Hatem, LLP
Andrew D. Mendelson, FAIA, Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Management Officer, Berkley Design Professional

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
10:00 am – 11:30 am Pacific Daylight Time
1.5 AIA Learning Units
1.5 RCEP Professional Development Hours

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By Diane P. Mika, Vice President and Director of Risk Management Education,
Berkley Design Professional, a Berkley Company | April 12, 2021

Education is a good thing, right? We at Berkley Design Professional certainly believe so. Our BDP Risk® courses and resources are intended to help our insured architects and engineers improve project management practices, enhance business performance and minimize risk.

But belief and proof are not the same. So we went to our data.

The Numbers Tell a Story

Our curious data scientists (otherwise known as actuaries) pored through the numbers—course participation, claim data and underwriting files—and the results were overwhelmingly positive. BDP Risk® education makes a difference in claim frequency, customer loyalty and broker success.

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*This webinar is hosted by Dealey, Renton & Associates*

Presented by:
Andrew D. Mendelson, FAIA, Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Management Officer, Berkley Design Professional
Diane Mika, Vice President, Director of Risk Management Education, Berkley Design Professional

Thursday, April 8, 2021
9:00 am – 10:00 am Pacific Daylight Time
1 Learning Unit Pending AIA Approval.
Attendees must participate in a majority of the live webinar program.

Program Details
Design firms face risk every day. The current shifting environment has created the need for some new tactics and has made some risk management fundamentals more important than ever.

The definition of risk for design professionals, a breakdown of the true cost of professional liability claims, and an examination of the evolutionary standard of care set the stage for the balance of the program. The workshop reemphasizes key risk management basics and promotes new tactics in contracts, post-COVID design issues, effective remote team management, and communication/documentation, and project delivery.

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Risk Management Essentials of the New Normal

Presenters:
Andrew D. Mendelson, FAIA, Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Management Officer, Berkley Design Professional
Diane Mika, Vice President, Director of Risk Management Education, Berkley Design Professional

Monday, April 26, 2021

1:15 – 2:00 PM Eastern

Session Description

Design firms face risk every day that should be proactively managed. The shifting environment in the AEC industry due to the pandemic has caused the need for engineers to implement risk management fundamentals even more diligently in order to demonstrate and fulfill its duties in accordance with the professional standard of care. This workshop reemphasizes key risk management basics and promotes new tactics in contracts, communication/documentation, post-COVID design issues, remote team management, and project delivery.

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By Robert J. Connor, JD, CIC
Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, Berkley Alliance Managers, a Berkley Company

While professional liability is a real risk to all design firms and purchasing professional liability insurance is a prudent course of action, the fact is that many design firms never have a claim. Berkley Design Professional’s First Claim Deductible Credit recognizes that fact and provides policyholders with significant savings on their deductible if they meet the requirements in the policy.

The specific policy1 language is:
If the first Claim you ever report to us is made against you:

  1. Greater than 24 months after the Knowledge Date shown on the Policy Declarations, then your Deductible obligation for that Claim may be reduced by 25%, subject to a maximum reduction of $40,000; or
  2. Greater than 36 months after the Knowledge Date shown on the Policy Declarations, then your Deductible obligation for that Claim may be reduced by 50%, subject to a maximum reduction of $40,000

If more than one Deductible Credit applies, your Deductible obligation will be reduced by 50%, subject to a maximum reduction of 50%.

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Risk Management Essentials of the New Normal

Presenters:
Andrew D. Mendelson, FAIA, Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Management Officer, Berkley Design Professional
Diane Mika, Vice President, Director of Risk Management Education, Berkley Design Professional

Monday, April 5, 2021

12:00 – 1:00 PM Central

Webinar Description

  • Standard of Care – fulfilling professional obligations under changing circumstances
  • Schedule of performance of services – contract clauses, obligations, rights and responsibilities
  • Post-COVID design considerations, potential changes
  • Performing services outside of the office – remote teams, WFH, technology, employee issues
  • Quality management – coordination, start/stop risks
  • Construction phase services – access, safety of employees on site, field observation, contractor payment certification

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The Engineer’s Guide to Effective Communication & Documentation

Presenter:

Diane P. Mika, Vice President, Director of Risk Management Education, Berkley Design Professional

Thursday, March 11, 2021

1:30 – 3:00 PM Eastern

1.5 PDH Credits

Online Class Description

With real-world examples, this session reveals pitfalls and best practices in communication and documentation throughout a project. Communication is like a project’s “glue”—strengthening or weakening project relationships. And, let’s face it, engineers are judged by documentation: proposals, contracts, CDs, reports, email, and more. You’ll come to appreciate cautionary words and project templates, examine a proven change-management model, and learn how proactive communication and consistent documentation can help you manage risk and deliver successful projects.

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By Andrew D. Mendelson and Dion N. Cominos | Sunday, January 3, 2021

Legal and practice standards for design and construction professionals are evolving due to climate change. While the cause of climate change is an oft-debated topic, the fact of it is largely undeniable. The earth’s global surface temperature and water levels are rising, while severe storms and climatic events have increased dramatically across the United States and not just in coastal areas.

Consequently, the standards of care and legal requirements applicable to design professionals, contractors and others involved in construction will need to be taken into consideration as part of the overall construction process.

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Presented by:
Ian C. Rusk, ASA, CM&AA, Managing Principal, ROG+Partners, LLC
Andrew D. Mendelson, FAIA, Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Management Officer, Berkley Design Professional

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
10:00 am – 11:30 am Pacific Daylight Time
1.5 AIA CES LUs
1.5 RCEP PDHs
Berkley DP policyholders who participate in this program can qualify for a 15% Risk Management Education credit. Contact your agent for further information*

This webinar has been recorded and is available on demand for Berkley Design Professional policyholders and our appointed agents and brokers on the BDP Risk® Learning Management System.

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