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August 27, 2020

ACEC Online Classes Next Feature Address Design-Build Risk, Retaining Top Staff, and Large Project Management

ACEC will offer three online courses next week.

Design/Build: Professional Liability Risk For Consulting Engineers
Tuesday, September 1, 1:30-2:45 pm (ET)

Design-Build (“DB”) is increasingly the delivery method of choice for many public owners on infrastructure projects because it allows them to contract on a fixed price basis with a design builder who is responsible for both design and construction and it transfers substantial risk to that design-builder.

In this online class, David Hatem of Donovan Hatem LLP and author of ACEC’s Public-Private Partnerships and Design Build: Opportunities and Risks for Consulting Engineers, examines these owner objectives and what they mean for the professional liability risk of consulting engineers engaged as subconsultants to the Design-Builder.

Key questions addressed in the session:

  • How price and risk allocation terms of a prime DB contract between the Owner and Design-Builder impact professional liability?
  • What are the principal areas of professional liability risk and claims for the Consulting Engineer in DB?
  • What has been the professional liability claims experience for Consulting Engineers in DB?
  • What are recommended contracting and other practices for Consulting Engineers to improve management of professional liability risk in DB?

Click here for more information and to register.

Attracting, Engaging and Retaining Top Talent and Clients with Advanced Social Impact Design
Wednesday, September 2, 1:30-2:30 pm (ET)

Beating the competition for the talent you need means more than great projects, perks, pay, and stability. True engagement, the kind that the best A/E/C contributors seek, centers on systems and supervisors that help employees make a strategic and effective social impact, enhancing both their own and their employer’s brands. A firm’s social impact strategy also addresses a cross-generational desire for more meaningful work and connections both inside and outside of the office.

Despite convincing data that well-designed social impact programs have a high return on investment, barriers still exist for many leaders and organizations. Understanding work-life seasons and ongoing demographic and societal shifts are key to eliminating these internal barriers and making your firm highly attractive to the candidates you need to hire, the talent you need to retain, and the clients you want to serve.

In this session Join Peter Atherton of ActionsProve LLC will look at both the data and ways to overcome those barriers, as well as:

  • Why most A/E/C firms struggle with employee engagement
  • How effective social impact fits within both traditional and new era A/E/C firm growth models
  • How to make performance-based employee engagement and social impact initiatives work in tandem
  • The four archetypes A/E/C firms can model: “shareholder maximizers”, “corporate contributors”, “impact integrators”, and “social innovators”
  • Principles and practices for asset-based community development
  • The 5-step IMPACT process that leaders and organizations can use to differentiate themselves: Inventory, Mission, Plan, Authenticity, Capacity, and Trigger

Click here for more information and to register.

Large Project Management: Best Practices and Common Pitfalls to Avoid
Thursday, September 3, 1:30-2:30 pm (ET)

Are you prepared to take the lead on your firm’s next large project?

In this hour-long program Tim Christ of Express Information Systems will take a deep dive into Large Project Management. You’ll explore best practices, flag pitfalls to avoid, and learn how to deliver a world-class project

Participant takeways will include:

  • Identify the critical path method (CPM) for the project and the major milestones
  • Understand what “world-class communication” looks like vs. normal project communication
  • Discover a framework that helps you develop your own strategy for project success
  • Develop a pro-active approach for leveraging technology

Click here for more information and to register.


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