After being utilized during a construction project, Building Information Modeling (BIM) can be used to assist the operations and maintenance of the facility.(more…)
During National Building Safety Month, keep these tips in mind when planning your design/build projects.
By Lawrence Moonan and Laila Santana
Property Casualty 360
May 20, 2019
It’s inevitable. Every project is bound to have a glitch or two. Big or small, there are far too many moving parts on virtually any job site to cover every issue.
These challenges have become even more glaring in an environment that increasingly employs design/build as a project delivery vehicle. Historically, when design/bid/build was the pre-eminent project delivery method, the roles of the design team and the contracting teams were clearly defined. Everyone knew where their responsibilities began and ended and there was little overlap. Unfortunately, that’s no longer the case as the lines between design and construction continue to blur. In addition, expediency is now a key expectation of the project owner, which increases the potential for professional liability claims to occur.(more…)
By Andrew D. Mendelson, FAIA, Chief Risk Management Officer, Berkley Design Professional
April 11, 2019
Adapted from an article authored by Suzanne H. Harness, J.D., AIA for Berkley Design Professional
Recognizing that traditional public funding will not always be available, governmental agencies are using innovative public-private partnership (P3) models to incentivize their private-sector partners to deliver much needed local projects. For many engineers, P3 is already a familiar method of project delivery for infrastructure such as roads, bridges, tunnels, and transit. Architects are now finding that local communities are also considering P3 for other types of building projects, including athletic facilities, museums, convention centers, parking garages, courthouses, libraries, and affordable housing.
Simply stated, a P3 exists when a public entity retains a private entity to finance, design, and build a project that will deliver a benefit to the public. Often, the P3 consortium will be responsible for maintenance and operations over an extended period of time, up to 30 years. One thing is certain: private entities—and their investors and lenders—will only support P3 projects when they have confidence that the revenue stream will deliver an acceptable return on investment. The developer is then under tremendous pressure to deliver the promised financial return to investors.(more…)
by Walter J. Adams, Jr.
Risk is inherent with any commercial building project. From design and specification through construction, there are many moving parts capable of creating any number of problems.
In the past, roles were clearly defined under the design/bid/build project delivery methodology. Responsibilities had a beginning and end. There was little guesswork – if any at all.(more…)
Streamline the design-build process with a solid strategy for choosing partners
by Andrew Mendelson FAIA
August 8, 2018
Prime design consultants often have a great deal of project control and leverage. Unfortunately, such responsibilities increase the potential for significant risk. This is especially true if errors or omissions committed by subconsultants cause damage to the client or project. Under such circumstances, the prime will most likely be held liable as if they committed the negligent acts themselves.
Given the risks and responsibilities, it’s surprising how many times prime consultants retain subconsultants without thoroughly vetting their skills and backgrounds. Many even fail to hold written contracts with their subs or only move forward with brief agreement letters and/or the subconsultant’s proposal. But consider this: if problems occur and the prime has no contract with the subconsultant, or if the contract is inadequate or ambiguous, the prime could end up paying for the client’s entire loss.
Another problem is that primes often neglect to require insurance—or an adequate amount—from their subs which places their own deductible and policy limits at risk.
As a result, here are eight steps Berkley Design Professional recommends for helping to prepare against issues before they arise, while also protecting against costly and time-consuming delays.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why get serious about data security? Because the risk is always there.
APR 25, 2017 | BY STEPHEN L. PORCELLI
Technology has evolved into an essential tool for business. Nearly every firm relies on software, email and the internet to conduct business and deliver services.
Since the internet has become such an integral part of most operations, however, doorways to disaster have opened that never existed before.