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Manitoba Bill 218:
The Prompt Payments in the Construction Industry Act
A new Bill has been introduced by Reg Helwer, MLA from Brandon West, alongside the Manitoba Prompt Payment Coalition. It has passed the second reading and will now proceed to the next stage of approvals.
Manitoba is now the second province to come forward and introduce a form of prompt payment legislation.
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Deferred/Delegated/Assigned Design Practices
Good, Bad or Ugly it is a Concept that Requires Discussion
The presentation will cover:
The words ‘delegated design’ have become a trend within document preparation and contract delivery. It is a concept that has been around for decades and used successfully to address design solutions that cannot be finalized during the production of construction drawings and specifications. More recently ‘delegated design’ has contributed to a decline in the quality of construction documentation and fears of unreasonable transference of design responsibility and liability between the various contributors providing engineered solutions.
The discussion will address the history of deferred design, the participants and contributors, methods for obtaining design solutions and realigning the chain of responsibility to reduce concerns surrounding design liability. The presentation will also provide insight into actions being undertaken by various professional associations and technical document publishers.
Keith Robinson, FCSC, FCSI, RSW, LEED® AP
Keith has worked as a specification writer since 1982 and is an associate at Dialog in Edmonton, AB, responsible for research and development of technical specification content. His range of experience includes contract administration, building envelope detailing, and writing construction specifications.
In addition to working on projects across Canada and in Egypt, Japan, and Costa Rica, Robinson also instructs courses for the University of Alberta, acts as advisor to several construction associations and building trades committees, sits on several standards review committees for ASTM and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and is the Registrar for CSC's Board of Directors.
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Cambridge Red Deer Hotel
3310 - 50th Ave
Red Deer, AB, T4N 3X9
||Tuesday, October 8, 2019
|| Lunch | 11:30 AM - 2:00PM
Wind Uplift Requirements
Presenter: Dave Miller, BA, CTR, RRO
Presentation will Cover
- What is CSA A123.21-14 and the theory behind it
- What does it mean to the industry
- How to use it
- Where does it apply
- What is different
- What CSA will look like as it evolves
Winston Golf and Country Clubtarting
2502 6 Street Northeast,
Calgary, AB T2E 3Z3
||September 10, 2019
|| Lunch | 11:30 AM - 2:00PM
CSC CALGARY CHAPTER
2018 - 2019 Lloyd Boddy
Chapter Award Recipent
At the annual 2019 CSC Conference held in Regina, the Calgary Chapter was presented with the Lloyd Boddy Award.
The Lloyd Boddy award is presented to the chapter that has the highest:
Outstanding achievements by a Chapter toward fostering the objective of CSC.
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5th Annual CSC Calgary Golf Tournament
Please join us for a Stampede Style Golf Tournament
Tuesday July 9th, 2019
7:00am - 3:00pm
Lakeside Golf Club
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Oct 23, 2019
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September 10, 2019
CSA A123.21 - Wind Uplift requirements
October 8, 2019
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November 12, 2019
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Connections Café / Ignite Student Design Competition
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May 12, 2020
May 20 - 24, 2020
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What keeps owners and project teams up at night?
Discover their greatest fears, along with best practices for managing those risks, in a new project planning guide from AIA and its industry partners.
As written by Steve Cimino, August 27, 2018
Even the most experienced owners and project teams run into complications as they go through the design construction process. Some are easy to anticipate while others are unforeseeable, but all can be managed with the right strategies.To help highlight those strategies, AIA - along with the Large Firm Roundtable, Dodge Data & Analytics, and other industry partners - sponsored the research that led to this project planning guide.
It not only identifies the top sources of uncertainty but offers expert recommendations and leadership lessons that can help the entire team plan for problems and achieve the best possible outcomes. Based on responses from more than 300 owners, architects, and construction contractors, these are the seven challenges that keep project teams up at night:
1. Owner-driven changes: Whether the owner's requirements were unclear initially or modified during the lengthy planning process, changes in needs often result in added costs are the number-one source of project uncertainty.
2. Design omissions and communication gaps: Builders are not mind readers, and not every piece of essential hardware is outlined or included in the details provided by architects and engineers. If both sides aren't asking questions during construction, this could be an issue.
3. Construction coordination: When you're responsible for procuring and assembling thousands of components, as the construction team is, there's a chance you'll miss something. Unique or customized designs will also inevitably require modifications during construction.
4. Unknown site or building conditions: Rock or unstable soil during excavation, along with previously unidentified underground utilities or structural problems during a renovation, are just a few of the surprises that could pop up early in a project.
5. Design or documentation mistakes: Nobody's perfect, not even architects. More than 90 percent of the owners surveyed in this research believe it is impossible to achieve immaculate design documents, and 80 percent expect to absorb additional cost from minor mistakes.
6. Accelerated design and construction schedules: An owner may want to hurry his or her project to completion, for reasons both rational and selfish, but rushing can often lead to additional mistakes and coordination issues.
7. Delays in procurement, fabrication or assembly: There are numerous reasons for delays, including labor or material shortages and "acts of God," and they can all wreak havoc on deadlines and the bottom line.
As for managing these challenges, the project planning guide comes with a list of detailed recommendations. They include:
• Clear and direct leadership from within the owner's organization
• Early assembly of the entire project team
• Strong and open communication, especially amongst large teams
The guide also offers a contingency calculator that architects can use to review cost impacts, determine how long each risk will be present, and find the total recommended contingency amount. More than anything, the key to managing uncertainty is early budget planning across the entire team: owner, architect, engineers, and builder. Establishing scope and expectations at the start can pay dividends down the line.
Download the full project planning guide.
Guide based on Original Study.
Link to original article