Impact & Control of RFIs in Construction

On-Demand Schedule Tue, October 04, 2022 - Tue, October 11, 2022
Duration 90 Mins
Level Basic & Intermediate & Advanced
Webinar ID IQW22H0826

  • Learn how the RFI process came about and is intended to be used in the construction industry.
  • Better understand the impact of RFIs on construction projects based on data from approximately 1,400 projects including the average time and cost to review and respond to an RFI.  
  • Gain an understanding of how the RFI process can be abused.
  • Be exposed to legal decisions concerning how the number of RFIs on projects has 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.
  • Finally, learn about the best management practices concerning the management of RFIs.

Overview of the webinar

This webinar discusses the genesis of RFIs and their development.  The webinar discusses the impact of RFIs on construction projects, drawing upon data provided by ACONEX and other studies to assess how RFIs and the RFI processes impact both small large scale construction projects.  The webinar addresses 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.  The webinar discusses a claim case study involving a laboratory building at 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.  The webinar explains 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.  The webinar sets 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; and sets forth best management practices concerning RFIs that owners and contractors can adopt and implement for managing the RFI process.

 

Who should attend?

  • Contractors & subcontractors
  • Owners
  • Design professionals providing services during construction
  • Construction managers
  • Attorneys

Why should you attend?

  • Learn about how the RFI process can be abused and used as the basis of claims.
  • Learn how to mitigate the adverse impact of RFIs through contractual mechanisms.
  • Understand the value of an electronic RFI tracking and monitoring system.
  • Understand the best management practices concerning RFIs and the RFI process.

Faculty - Mr.James G. Zack

Jim is the Senior Advisor, 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 eh founder and Executive Director of the Navigant Construction Forum™.  Formerly he was the Executive Director, Corporate Claims Management Group, Fluor Corporation, one of the world’s largest EPCM contractors. Mr. Zack was previously Vice President of PinnacleOne and the Executive Director of the PinnacleOne Institute and a Senior Construction Claims Consultant for CH2M HILL, Inc. Mr. Zack has, for 47 years, worked on both private and public projects throughout the U.S. and in 28 countries abroad. Mr. Zack is a Fellow of AACE International, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and the Guild of Project Controls.  In the construction claims field, he is a recognized and published expert in mitigation, analysis and resolution or defense of construction claims and disputes.  Mr. Zack is a Certified Construction Manager (CCM), a Certified Forensic Claims Consultant (CFCC) and a Project Management Professional (PMP).  Mr. Zack is an internationally recognized author and speaker in the construction claims and disputes arena.

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