Partnering – A Way To Reduce Claims
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  • Duration : 90 Minutes
  • Level : Advance
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James G. Zack, Jr.

Jim is the Principal, James Zack Consulting, LLC, and 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. Formerly he was the Executive Director of the Navigant Construction Forum™ and earlier, 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 more than 48 years, working on both private and public projects throughout the U.S. and in 39 countries abroad. Mr. Zack is a Fellow of AACE, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Guild of Project Controls, and the Society of Construction Claims Specialists International. 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), an Expert Certified Construction Claims Specialist (ECCCS), an Expert Certified Construction Delay Analyst (ECCDA), and a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Project partnering is one of the most effective tools in the construction management process employed to deliver successful projects -- projects that complete on time, within the budget, safely, with the specified quality and have no outstanding disputes at the end of the job. Construction Managers are frequently the leaders in convincing owners to adopt project partnering and must be involved in the entire process if partnering is to be successful. This webinar provides the results of a study concerning the cost and the success of project partnering with respect to minimizing construction disputes. The webinar identifies the characteristics, the drivers, the phases, and the elements of successful partnering. The obstacles to and potential downsides of successful partnering are discussed along with the benefits realized from successful project partnering. The webinar identifies and discusses eight case studies across the country to discover whether partnering actually reduces disputes & illustrates the "best in class" partnering results.

Claims on construction projects are inevitable. However, disputes (arbitration or litigation) are not. This webinar discusses project partnering as a way to mitigate claims and avoid legal disputes. The webinar provides actual metrics from major owners across the U.S. who measured change orders, project delays, and construction claims before and after they implemented partnering as a standardized practice.

Areas Covered

  • Short History of Partnering
  • Characteristics of Partnering
  • Drivers of Partnering Implementation
  • Phases of the Partnering Process
  • Elements of Success
  • Obstacles to Partnering
  • Collaborative Attributes of Partnering
  • Potential Downsides of Partnering
  • Benefits of Partnering
  • Case Studies
  • Best in Class Partnering Results

Course Level - Intermediate and Advanced

Who Should Attend

  • Owner & Contractor Project Managers
  • Resident Engineers or Architects
  • Agency Construction Managers
  • Construction Managers @ Risk
  • Design Managers
  • Legal Counsel representing owners or contractors

Why Should You Attend

  • Be aware of what project partnering is and is not
  • Understand the characteristics, drivers, phases, and necessary elements required to make partnering a success on a construction project
  • Become familiar with the obstacles and potential downsides of partnering
  • Be exposed to the costs of partnering on average projects
  • Learn about the benefits of successful project partnering based upon a number of case studies and
  • Discover the “best in class” partnering results
  • $149.00



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