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Construction Quality: Do it Right or Pay the Price, CourseSmart eTextbook

By George C. Frank

Published by Prentice Hall

Published Date: May 10, 2011

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For courses in Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Law, Business Management, Forensic Science, Chemistry.

 

Quality Construction: Do It Right OR Pay The Price addresses the lapse in professional ethics currently undermining segments of the construction industry. Starting with what is expected of any professional in the industry, the authors take readers through the various phases of the industry, reviewing concerns, what's expected, what's being done to discover the problems, and how many of these problems are being litigated. Drawing on the authors' real experience in the construction industry, this text prepares students to take a leadership role in improving the quality of craftsmanship in their chosen field–and not becoming a part of the problem.

Table of Contents

SECTION 1. PROFESSIONAL EXPECTATIONS (WE ARE WHAT WE PROJECT)

1.0  Jump Starting Section 1

1.1  Professional Ethics

1.2 Professional Organizations — Expectations & Responsibilities

1.3 Ethics & Architecture

1.4 Ethics & Engineering

1.5 Ethics & Forensic Investigation

1.6 Ethics & Contractors

1.7 Legal Actions — A Fact of Life

 

SECTION 2. CONTRACTUALLY SPEAKING (WHAT DID I AGREE TO DO)

2.0   Jump Starting Section 2         

2.1   Contract Terms & Conditions

2.2 Design Contracts 

2.3 Construction Contracts 

2.4 Subcontract Agreements 

2.5 What to Look For - From the Owners Perspective

2.6 A Matrix to Better Understand AIA Contracts

2.7 Insurance and Indemnification

2.8 Alternate Disputes Resolution — Drafting Effective Clauses

2.9 Mediation

2.10 Arbitration

2.11 Special Master

 

SECTION 3. GOVERNMENTAL & PUBLIC ISSUES: (WORKING WITH RULES REGULATIONS & UNINFORMED PEOPLE)  

3.0   Jump Starting Section 3

3.1 Federal Law and its Influence

3.2 State Law and its Influence

3.3 County Ordinances & Their Influence

3.4 Local Government/Municipal Law and Its Influence

3.5 Who Catches Defects Before, During & After?

3.6 Warranty Issues versus Normal Maintenance

3.7 Statute of Limitations What’s Included?

3.8 Home Owners & Home Owner Associations

3.9 The Home Inspector, Public Hero or Trouble Maker?

3.10 Indemnification

3.11 The Public Adjuster versus the Insurance Adjuster

3.12 Poor, Biased & Misleading Reporting to the News Media

 

SECTION 4. MYTHS AND FACTS (ISSUES THAT LEAD TO MISUNDERSTANDINGS & CONFRONTATION)

4.1  Soil Myths

4.2  Concrete Myths

4.3  Framing Myths

4.4  Masonry Myths

4.5  Stucco Myths

4.6  Roofing Myths

4.7  Roads and Paving Myths

4.8  General Myths

 

SECTION 5. ARCHITECTURAL ISSUES & CONSTRUCTION DEFECTS (IT’S A CONTRACTOR RESPONSIBILITY)    

5.0   Jump Starting Section 5

5.1  Early Problems

5.2  Professional Communication & Coordination

5.3  Environmental Durability & Maintenance

5.4  Lack Of Knowledge On Specified Products

5.5  Specifications

5.6  Cover Sheet

5.7   General Notes

5.8   Code References

5.9   Details

5.10 Do’s In the Practice of Architecture

5.11 Don’ts in the Practice of Architecture

 

SECTION  6.  ENGINEERING ISSUES & CONSTRUCTION DEFECTS (ENGINEERS DON’T MAKE MISTAKES)    

6.0 Jump Starting Section 6

6.1 Company Philosophy 

6.2 Insufficient Initial Project Information

6.3 Lack of Adequate Design Information

6.4 Lack of Communication & Coordination with Others

6.5 Design

6.6 Engineering Issues That Promote Construction Defects

6.7 The Construction Phase

6.8 Do’s In The Practice Of Engineering

6.9 Don’ts In The Practice Of Engineering              

 

SECTION 7.  CONSTRUCTION ISSUES (DEFECTS & LITIGATION — WHY ME) 

7.0   Jump Starting Section 7

7.1 Uneducated, Unaware or Incapable Field Supervision

7.2 The Fallout From Poor Field Supervision

7.3 Other Factors that Affect Job Harmony

7.4 Lack of or Insufficient Documentation

7.5 Quality Assurance/Quality Control

7.6 Federal State & Municipal Law

7.7 Lack of Skilled Tradesmen

7.8 Key Points to Remember

 

SECTION  8. CARE CUSTODY & CONTROL (WHOSE WATCHING THE STORE)  

8.0. Jump Starting Section 8

8.1. Gone In 40 Minutes!

8.2. Dormitory Fire Delays Occupancy!

8.3. Fire Levels Site, Fire Engine & Surrounding Homes!

8.4. Concrete Isn’t Waterproof?

8.5. Waterproofing & Drainage Who Needs It?

8.6. A Bowstring Truss That Lost Its Bow!

8.7. Who Needs An Engineer For Shoring?

8.8. Falling Like Dominos!

8.9. Superman Syndrome!

8.10.  Who Needs A Body Harness?

8.11.  Don’t Fence Me In!

8.12. Where Did All The Supervision Go?

8.13. It’s Only A Sewer Line Trench! What’s The Beef?

8.14. Compaction Who Needs Compaction?

8.15. Care Custody But No Control!

8.16. Compaction Around Underground Storage Tanks Too!

8.17.  It’s Only A Small Leak!

8.18.  Out Of Site Out Of Mind!

8.19.  Building A Bath Tub Does Not Make One Clean!

8.20. A Slide Plane By Design!

8.21. You Mean There Is A Difference In Contractors

8.22. Select The Right Contractor Or You May Pay The Price!

 

SECTION 9. SPECIALIZED & INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES (FINDING THE NEEDLE IN THE HAYSTACK) 

9.0  Jump Starting Section 9

9.1  Forensic Investigation in The Construction Industry

9.2 The Preliminary Report

9.3  Pre- Investigation Considerations

9.4  Project & Work Task Scheduling

9.5 Project Related Documents     

9.6 Work Flow & Document Processing

9.7  Forensic Analysis Intrusive Testing & Failure Analysis

9.8 Special Considerations In Forensic Testing

9.9 Evaluation of Field Testing Procedures

9.10 Laboratory Testing

9.11 Forensic Photography

 

SECTION 10. THE EXPERT WITNESS (WHAT TO LOOK FOR — WHAT TO EXPECT)

10.1 Introduction To The Experts Role

10. 2 What To Look For In Selecting An Expert

10.3 The Non-Testifying “Consulting” Expert

10.4 The “Hurried” Expert

10.5 The “Careless” Expert

10.6 Expanding Risks For The “Testifying” Expert

10.7 Preventing Expert Opinions & Testimony

10.8 Shooting Down The Expert

10.9 Conclusion

10.10 Exhibits

 

Glossary of Terms     

Index

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