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Navigating 21st Century Technology Pitfalls for Construction Professionals

By Dion Cominos and Laila Santana

The intersections and collisions between the worlds of professional services and technology are varied and numerous, affecting virtually every facet of modern business. Nowhere has this effect been more profound than in the field of construction, where electronic tools and innovations have revolutionized the processes of design and construction, resulting in a significant acceleration of both the conceptualization and development of buildings and structures worldwide.

However, this panacea of mechanization and automation comes with a price as a whole new range of liabilities and exposures emerge, presenting novel challenges and dilemmas for the architect and engineer (A&E) practitioner. Let’s explore both the opportunities and hazards that can result from the convergence of technology and construction, and also examine ways in which professionals can steer clear of the perils that can jeopardize the unwary.

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Developing a Risk Management Plan for Your Firm
Presented by: Diane P. Mika, Vice President, Director of Risk Management Education
Saturday, July 21, 2018, 2:00 pm
Brinkley Room, Peabody Hotel, Memphis, TN

Design firms face risk every day-you can’t avoid it. At times, the practice of architecture can feel like a minefield. The purpose of this session is to help guide you through that minefield without getting blown up by risk. At its core, risk management for design professionals is practice management. A proactive Risk Management Plan is an essential element of loss prevention and a key ingredient for financial success. When integrated into a firm’s culture and embraced by its leadership, a Risk Management Plan makes a significant positive impact on business performance and longevity. You’ll gain strategies and tools to help you develop an effective plan that contemplates the entire project cycle: from client selection to project inception and through project close-out.

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Albany, N.Y. (April 12, 2018)

Walter J. Adams, Jr., vice president and senior claims examiner at Berkley Alliance Managers, a Berkley Company, will discuss the latest Trends in Construction Litigation at the DRI Construction Law Seminar to be held April 25 – 27, 2018 at the Hilton Nashville Downtown in Nashville, Tennessee.

During the April 26th panel, Adams will examine the cost and scope considerations relating to e-discovery and the litigation issues surrounding liability for construction data breaches, cost considerations and the use of drones. He will be joined by Brian C. Lopez of the Lopez Law Group PLLC and Rachel C. Engelstein of Standard Industries Inc.

Adams handles claims for Berkley Construction Professional and Berkley Design Professional. He has nearly two decades of experience handling Architects and Engineers and Contractor’s Professional Liability claims at leading insurance carriers as well as litigating professional, general, environmental and construction liability cases at various New York-based law firms.

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By James B. Atkins, FAIA & Andrew D. Mendelson, FAIA

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is rapidly becoming the central platform for design, construction and building operation. But like the transporter of science fiction star adventures, BIM can appear uncertain and mysterious at first glance. A single delivery contract and open access to the architect’s Building Information Model can quickly raise one’s risk alert level to red. Although there has not yet been a proliferation of claims, risk management can be preemptive. This paper addresses issues that can be beneficial in managing risks in digital practice.

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PRODUCT: Per-project primary limit coverage on architects & engineers professional liability

COMPANY: Berkley Design Professional, a division of Berkley Alliance Managers

BEST RATING: A+ (Superior)

AVAILABILITY: Coverage is available through retail brokers that specialize in working with design firms.

FOCUS: Berkley Design Professional, which specializes in professional liability products and services for the design professional industry, now offers the per-project primary limit coverage as a professional liability coverage option.

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by Andrew W. Mendelson

The term “materials transparency” has quickly grown in importance among building owners, developers, design firms and associations based on the industry’s growing ecological concerns.

Simply put, materials transparency requires manufacturers to disclose the content of building products with the goal of creating more sustainable and healthful indoor environments. To meet these objectives, contractors and construction executives will be seeking additional material information and content reports during the specification and construction submittal process.

However, new trends like this often translate into additional risks. Responsibility, unless clearly contracted, is often not readily apparent when products do not work as advertised or cause unexpected negative impacts.

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New Limit Option Provides Dedicated Limit for Projects

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA (September 7, 2017) – Berkley Design Professional (Berkley DP), a division of Berkley Alliance Managers, a Berkley Company, has become the first provider  in the architects & engineers professional liability segment to offer “Per Project Primary Limits” coverage to design firm customers. This new limit structure provides a dedicated limit for every project a design firm has worked on after the retroactive date stated in the firm’s professional liability insurance policy, even if the Policy Aggregate Limit is exhausted.

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By Andrew D. Mendelson

When properly implemented, building information modeling (BIM) has a significant impact on infrastructure by increasing the productivity, efficiency and quality of design and construction projects.

Initially used primarily for vertical building efforts, BIM is now also being frequently used on horizontal projects. In both cases, BIM enables designers and engineers to make earlier informed decisions about the specification of materials as well as identify and resolve conflicts.

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