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Writing Highway Construction Specifications

Write specifications that mean the same thing - not different things - to everyone who reads them. This is harder to do than one might be willing to admit. Ambiguous specifications result in costly bid contingencies and, during a project, additional costs for change orders and claims or paying someone to respond to unnecessary RFIs. Given the ever-tighter budgets we're all working under, you cannot afford a loosely written specification any more.

This OnDemand Webinar will result in lower construction costs on your next project whether you write specifications or use them to manage work.

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to recognize common, costly mistakes in specification language.
  • You will be able to define and write specifications everyone will understand.
  • You will be able to review bid contingencies, change orders and claims.
  • You will be able to describe the five C's in specification writing.

Runtime: 94 minutes
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Agenda

Overview

  • Why Do Specifications Need to Be Well Written?
  • How Will You Benefit From This Information?

Getting Organized

  • Research
  • Gather Resources
  • Style Guide
  • General Provisions/Conditions

The Five Cs

  • Concise

- Simplicity in Word Choice, Short Sentences, Short Paragraphs

- Readability Statistics From Microsoft® Word™

- Avoiding Passive Writing

  • Clear

- Avoid Ambiguities

- Avoid Unnecessary Jargon

- Avoid Words With Multiple Meanings

  • Complete

- Follow a Format - AASHTO, CSI, or Something Else

  • Correct

- Technically

- Grammatically

  • Consistent

- Language

- Format

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This program format does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Bryce Nahas

Trauner Consulting Services, Inc.

Bryce R. Nahas

  • Director of Trauner Consulting Services, Inc.
  • Nearly a decade of experience revising and rewriting specifications for state departments of transportation, including Wyoming, California, New Mexico, Michigan, Minnesota, Oklahoma, North Dakota, and Idaho
  • Certified National Highways Institute instructor having taught two and three-day versions of “The Principles of Writing Highway Construction Specifications” a few dozen times throughout the country, including in California, Nevada, Montana, Texas, Louisiana, West Virginia
  • Undergraduate business certificate, University of California, San Diego Extension
  • B.A. degree, University of California, San Diego
  • Can be contacted at [email protected] or 512-465-2477
Geoff Page, PSP, CCP

Geoff Page, PSP, CCP

Trauner Consulting Services, Inc.

  • Director, Trauner Consulting Services, Inc.
  • Claims consulting: delays, inefficiency, contract disputes, scheduling, expert testimony
  • Certified Instructor National Highway Institute: Construction Specification Writing; Claims Avoidance and Mitigation
  • Contributor: Construction Delays – Understanding Them Clearly, Analyzing Them Correctly
  • B.A. degree in journalism, Michigan State University; UCSD Extension Construction Management courses; Spanish Language, Mesa College
  • California General Engineering and General Building Contractor licenses
  • Can be contacted at [email protected] or 619-694-7993
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Product ID: 387537
Published 2011
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