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13 of 19: Addressing Deficient Work and Materials Issues

Part 13 of Our Series on Construction Project Management Skills

XIII. Addressing Deficient Work and Materials Issues

A. Identifying and Recording Deficiencies

A common omission in the records of project management is the identification and resolution of deficient work issues. Because many issues involving the quality of work are addressed on site, many project managers see no reason to note the problems in daily reports.

11 of 19: Reviewing Project Schedules

Part 11 of Our Series on Construction Project Management Skills

XI. Reviewing Project Schedules

A. Recognizing Impractical and Flawed Schedules

Schedules provide a claims oriented contractor with numerous opportunities in which to create a paper record that supports claims of delay or disruption. Time spent by project management personnel to critically review the schedule submitted by a contractor is an effort that will yield significant benefits in the event of a delay claim.

8 of 19: Contract Award and Notice to Proceed

Part 8 of Our Series on Construction Project Management Skills

VIII. Contract Award and Notice to Proceed

A. Insurance Certificates

Before awarding the contract, be sure that the owner has all required documents, including insurance certificates, performance and payment bonds. Do not award a contract until all of this information has been received and checked. Note the date that the insurance policies will expire, and note the dates on your calendar.

B. Checking Executed Contracts

6c of 19: Pre-Award Investigation

Part 6c of Our Series on Construction Project Management Skills

VI. Pre-Award Investigation

When the bid is received, the project manager should take the time to thoroughly investigate the background of the apparent low bidder. Finding out about the track record of a contractor before formal award can avoid retaining a contractor with a history of poor conduct on construction projects.

6a of 19: Contract Provisions that Make a Difference for Project Management

Part 6a of Our Series on Construction Project Management Skills

VI. Contract Provisions that Make a Difference for Project Management

A. Contractor Project and Claim History

Project owners put at risk millions and millions of dollars when a contractor is hired for a project. The success or failure of the project is primarily in the hands of a company that most project owners have only recently met. A thorough investigation into a contractor's background is essential to protecting the owner's interests.