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Impact and Control of RFIs on Construction Projects (CCLD41G)

  • Product Format
    Pre Recorded Webinar
  • Presenter(s)
    James G. Zack Jr. CCM, CFCC, FAACE, FRICS, PMP
  • Conference Date
    Wed, July 27, 2016
  • Length
    90 minutes

How to Mitigate the Adverse Impact of RFIs on Construction Projects

In this webinar, James G. Zack will discuss the impact of RFIs on construction projects. Based upon data provided by ACONEX and other studies, James will assess how RFIs and the RFI processes impact both small- and large-scale construction projects. You will understand the abuse of the RFI process by examining how some contractors misuse RFIs to increase profitability, a practice that has become somewhat institutionalized in the past decade.

The webinar will discuss a claim case study involving a laboratory building at wastewater treatment facility to illustrate how the process can be abused, and will examine the legal arguments for cumulative impact as a result of a large quantity of RFIs. Learn 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. To reduce the adverse impacts of RFIs, the webinar will also set forth a framework that consists of three principal recommendations: the incorporation of critical definitions and an RFI control specification; electronic RFI tracking and monitoring RFIs; and best management practices concerning RFIs that owners and contractors can adopt and implement for managing the RFI process.

Session Highlights

  • Learn how RFI was created and how it 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
  • Gain an understanding of how the RFI process can be abused and used as the basis of claims
  • 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 effects of RFIs on projects
  • Learn about the best management practices concerning RFIs and the RFI process

Who should attend

  • Attorneys dealing with construction delays and cumulative impact claims
  • Owners and owner representatives managing capital improvement projects
  • Contractor executives, project managers, project sponsors, and project control personnel
  • Construction managers and design professionals performing services during construction

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About the Presenter(s)


Jim is the Senior Advisor to the recently formed 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 the founder and Executive ...More Info

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