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Understanding and Interpreting Construction Contracting

  • Apr 2, 2020 (9:30 - 11:00 am CT; 8:30 - 10:00 am MT)
    Webinar (desktop or laptop access)


DEADLINE: Friday, March 27, 2020

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Construction contracts are unique. This presentation is designed to help you understand what makes construction contracts unique. Though unique, construction contracts share many attributes with other kinds of contracts, including rules of interpretation. The presentation will focus on the clauses within the contract specifically designed to guide you regarding the interpretation of the contract. These rules of interpretation, however, are often implicit and not described in the contract itself. The presentation will also teach you these unwritten but powerful rules of contract interpretation. You’ll learn what it means to read the contract as a whole, how to recognize ambiguities, and the difference between latent and patent defects in the contract. Everything taught in this presentation is then reinforced by real-world examples drawn from highway construction projects.


Scott Lowe, PE, Trauner Consulting Services, Inc., has expertise in the areas of construction claim preparation and evaluation, critical path method scheduling, specification writing, and training. Scott has directed and performed all types of analyses related to claims including delay and inefficiency (typically using Measured Mile for inefficiency), assessed responsibility for contract changes, and calculated various types of delay damages. He has evaluated problems and offered solutions on almost every type of project including transportation, wastewater treatment, power, process and manufacturing, medical, educational, commercial, correctional, hotels, condominiums, residential housing, and athletic facilities. He has worked on projects large and small throughout the U.S. and internationally.

Target Audience

Consultant management, construction, design, bridge, maintenance, legal, finance, and local government staff will benefit from this presentation. Local government employees and consultants performing work on behalf of the DOTs or Local Governments should also attend. Additionally, those who are involved in other contracts will gain benefit from attending this presentation.

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