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Risk-Reducing, Money-Saving Specifications in Construction

Many construction specifications, referred to as "method specifications," are often unnecessarily prescriptive, leaving no room for money-saving innovations and burdening the owner with all the risk. There are ways to avoid both of these self-defeating results. Different procurement methods, such as design-build, can cure these problems, but not every project is suited to alternative delivery methods. So, what else can be done? Revising or writing specs as "end result specifications" can accomplish the same goals. Method specs will never go away entirely, but many existing method specs are good candidates for revision as end-result specs. This OnDemand Webinar will take the participants through the analyses required to determine if an existing spec is a likely candidate for revision as an end-result spec or if a new specification can be written as an end-result spec. We will describe the four characteristics a specification writer will have to identify in the specification subject before deciding on the end-result approach. The program will also describe the research and information needed to create the end-result requirements that will form the basis for payment and acceptance of the work performed. This OnDemand Webinar is important for anyone who is looking to reduce the cost of projects by getting better bids and for anyone looking to reduce the owner's risk in performance of the work.

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to explain how you would decide if you should write an end-result specification?
  • You will be able to review performance specifications.
  • You will be able to discuss choosing requirements.
  • You will be able to describe drafting an end-result specification.

Runtime: 92 minutes
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Agenda

Overview

  • What Are Method and End-Result Specifications?
  • How Would You Decide If You Should Write an End-Result Specification?

Method Specifications

  • History
  • Advantages
  • Disadvantages

End-Result Specifications

  • Advantages
  • Disadvantages
  • Quality Specifications
  • Performance Specifications

How to Develop an End-Result Specification

  • Identifying Attributes
  • Choosing Requirements
  • Setting Criteria
  • Testing

Drafting an End-Result Specification

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This course was last revised on May 25, 2011.

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

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Faculty

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
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Product ID: 387701
Published 2011
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