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Intelex Review

June 15, 2018

Intelex is an enterprise solution for the environment, health, and safety, quality and supplier management. They provide unique solutions for different industries and have a worldwide user base of over 1 million people. Their platform has a focus on driving performance and complying with regulations to transform your business and environmental health safety and quality. […]

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Can a Client Ask a Contractor to Give Money Back?

June 12, 2018

Contractors are usually quick to submit variation claims to the client asking for additional time and/or money. These claims are a result of changes and additions that the client has made to the works, or because the conditions which could have been expected on the project are different (more adverse) than those actually encountered. But, […]

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When You Can’t Claim for a Delay

June 5, 2018

In a previous article, I discussed reasons that contractors can claim a delay on their project. Unfortunately, some contractors submit delay claims to which they aren’t entitled. This may be because they don’t understand the contract document or the basics of construction variation claims. Regrettably, some contractors are just serial claimants claiming for anything and […]

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Can I Claim for Additional Time on My Construction Project?

May 29, 2018

All too often, construction projects are finished late. Usually, the contractor is blamed. Contractors inevitably lose money because they are on the project longer than they planned to be. In addition, they are often penalized by the client for finishing late. But, is it always the contractor’s fault? Many of the delays experienced on a […]

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Is It Your Job to Find Work for Your Company?

May 22, 2018

Who is responsible for obtaining work in your company? Inevitably, most will answer that the estimator, owner, or some senior manager must find and win work. Yet, the responsibility of procuring work lies with everyone in the company. Management’s Role in Winning Projects. Management must: Ensure that the estimating team has the right resources (including […]

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Is Overtime Killing Your Construction Project?

May 15, 2018

As I walked past a construction project the other Sunday, I noticed that a number of people were working on the project site. It brought up memories of some of my projects where we sometimes worked long hours and pulled weekend shifts. In fact, we found that on some projects up to 30% of the […]

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Using New Technologies to Build on the Past

May 8, 2018

It’s impossible not to notice the building boom in France these days. Construction cranes are everywhere in Paris; modern chrome and glass buildings are nestled into neighborhoods that are centuries old and new facades blend seamlessly with the existing. Cranes dot the landscape in small towns as well, their towering booms competing with church spires […]

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The 10 Biggest Risks Clients Face On Construction Projects

May 1, 2018

Frequently we hear horror stories of projects that have gone wrong, finished late, gone far over budget (sometimes in excess of double the original estimates), poor quality, accidents, lengthy legal battles and projects that don’t do what they were supposed to do. Construction projects face numerous risks. Understanding these risks could help clients avoid, or […]

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The Changing Face of Business Travel

April 26, 2018

Frequent flyers and those who travel for business sometimes cite the deplorable sameness and characteristic lack of personality of chain hotels and budget motels. Reasonably-priced lodging seems particularly dreary for those who must frequently book extended stays for business, or for anyone who would like a little R&R during long airport layovers. Luxury chains, while […]

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How To Avoid The 10 Biggest Risks Facing Contractors

April 24, 2018

In a previous post, we considered the 10 biggest construction risks facing contractors. However many of these risks can be avoided. In this post, I suggest ways that contractors can mitigate and avoid these risks. Non-payment can be avoided by: Contractors doing research on their prospective clients before pricing the project. This research could inform […]

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