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Construction RFIs - The Paper War and How to Prevent It (CCLO73T)

Presented by: James G. Zack Jr.
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60 minutes
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Learn Best Practices to Mitigate Adverse RFI Impact and Manage the RFI Process

This webinar by expert speaker James G. Zack, Jr., will discuss the genesis of Request for Information (RFIs) and their development. It will cover the impact of RFIs on construction projects, drawing upon data provided by a global construction software provider and other studies to assess how RFIs and the RFI processes impact both small and large scale construction projects. Jack will cover the abuse of the RFI process examining how some contractors misuse RFIs to increase profitability, a practice that has become somewhat institutionalized in the past decade.

This webinar will overview a claim case study involving a laboratory building at a wastewater treatment facility to illustrate how the process can be abused and examines the legal arguments for cumulative impact as a result of a large quantity of RFIs. It will explain how owners inadvertently contribute to the abuse of RFIs by failing to adopt practices that may contractually safeguard against the potential negative impacts of the RFI process. It will set forth a framework for reducing the impact of RFIs that consists of three principal recommendations: the incorporation of critical definitions and an RFI control specification, electronic RFI tracking and monitoring RFIs. It will also set forth best management practices concerning RFIs that owners and contractors can adopt and implement for managing the RFI process.

Session Highlights

  • Learn how the RFI process came about and is intended to be used in the construction industry
  • Understand the impact of RFIs on construction projects based on data from approximately 1,400 projects
  • Learn what the data shows about the average time and cost to review and respond to an RFI
  • Gain an understanding of how the RFI process has been and can be abused
  • Understand legal decisions concerning how the number of RFIs on projects have been used to prove delay and cumulative impact claims
  • Understand what definitions should be included in construction projects to help lessen the impact of RFIs
  • Examine a proposed RFI specification which may be included in contracts to mitigate the impact of RFIs
  • Understand how electronic tracking and monitoring of RFIs will help further mitigate the adverse impact of RFIs on projects
  • Learn about the best management practices concerning the management of RFIs

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys dealing with construction delays and cumulative impact claims
  • Owners and owner representatives managing capital improvement projects
  • Contractor executives, project managers, project sponsors and project control personnel
  • Construction managers and design professionals performing services during construction
About Our Speaker(s)

James G. Zack Jr. | Construction Claims Management SpeakerJames G. Zack Jr.
Jim is the Senior Advisor to the recently formed Ankura Construction Forum™. The Forum strives to be the construction industry’s resource for thought leadership and best practices on avoidance and resolution of construction project disputes globally. Jim was the founder and Executive Director of the Navigant Constr... More info

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