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Denis G. Ducran
Dr. John V. Dawson, AIA, AICP, LEED AP
Distinguishing between Construction Defects and Failures D. Ducran
Causes of defects: problems with design, materials and/or construction
Causes of failures: deterioration, unintended use, “Acts of God”
Examining Common Defects and Failures D. Ducran
Analyzing defects and failures for methodology and causality
Site selection and engineering
• Foundation design and construction
• Design and construction of floors, walls and roofing
Exploring defects and failures in mechanical and electrical systems
Adopting Practices that Reduce Defects and Failures J. Dawson
Reviewing proposed use and preparing construction documents
Complying with building codes and standards
Choosing materials and construction techniques
Construction site communication, coordination and other practices that minimize problems
Quality assurance and quality control
Correcting problems before project completion
Building commissioning, operation and maintenance
Preventing and Resolving Disputes Generated by Defects and Failures J. Dawson
Identifying parties with potential liability
Understanding theories of liability and defenses to liability
Acting to remediate defects/failures
Participating in conflict resolution procedures:
Mediation, arbitration, litigation
Reviewing types of damages and how they are calculated
Insurance coverage issues
Handling Ethical Issues Associated with Defects and Failures J. Dawson
Understanding the parties roles and relationships
Understanding the liability and indemnification provisions in construction documents
Duty to raise potential safety, durability issues
Making warrantees and guarantees
Working outside areas of competence
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Including 1.0 Ethics Hour
7.0 HSW CE Hours
AIA (AIA credits only available for attending live Webinar or Seminar)
International Code Council
.7 CEUs (Building)
Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and offers 7.0 PDHs
to professional engineers, including 1.0 ethics hour, and
7.0 HSW CEPHs/continuing education hours to architects
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.7 CEUs in the specialty area of Building (Preferred Provider
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passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation
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Dr. John V. Dawson PhD. AIA. AICP. LEED AP
Dr. John V. Dawson, PhD, AIA, AICP, LEED AP is a subject matter expert on planning, programming, design, construction and contract management related to large public and private organizations and institutions nationwide. He recently retired as the Associate Vice President for Administrative Operations at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi where he oversaw facility operations, maintenance, grounds, custodial, and planning and construction as well as Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) for the “Island” campus. His experience spans federal, state, county and local municipality projects including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), General Services Administration (GSA), Department of Justice (DOJ), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and Department of Defense (DoD) including the Naval Construction Battalion’s at Gulfport and Port Hueneme; Seabees; Navy Civil Engineer Corp; Army Corps of Engineers; Air Force Civil Engineers and RED HORSE units, in addition to higher education with the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) University of North Texas System (UNTS) and Tarrant County College District (TCCD). Dr. Dawson has more than 38 years’ experience in urban planning, developmental programming, building and infrastructure design, construction and program management for a wide variety of capital investment programs and unique environments. He is a retired Air Force Civil Engineering officer with experience in the design and construction of numerous facilities supporting major weapon systems and the U.S. electronic security and space programs world-wide. Dr. Dawson is a registered architect in the State of Texas and a certified city planner. He is also a U. S. Green Building Institute Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional (AP) with experience in numerous sustainable projects. He has specialized mediation and disputes resolution training and experience directly related to the design and construction industry, successfully resolving construction claims based on errors and omissions, defective product or workmanships, scheduling deviations or Acts-of-God. Additional skills include preparation of specifications, bidding and construction plans, cost estimates, and bidding services related to federal and state contract requirements and processes.
Dennis G. DucranPeckar & Abramson, P.C., Houston
Mr. Ducran is senior counsel in Peckar & Abramson’s Houston office. A board-certified construction lawyer and registered architect, he focuses primarily on construction industry transactions, litigation, arbitration and risk management. Mr. Ducran works closely with owners, architects, contractors and subcontractors to provide practical counsel regarding the avoidance and resolution of disputes on construction projects. He offers extensive industry experience in preparing and negotiating contracts, as well as litigation, arbitration and mediation of construction disputes. Prior to joining Peckar & Abramson, Mr. Ducran served as vice president and general counsel of an ENR 400 general contractor. During his six year tenure, the firm significantly reduced overall litigation and arbitration matters, in large part, by handling the majority of matters in-house. Mr. Ducran is a registered architect who practiced architecture in Houston prior to beginning his career in construction law. He is an Industry Advisory Board member at the University of Houston’s Department of Construction Management, where he also teaches Construction Law and Ethics in both Fall and Spring semesters.
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Course Title: Preventing and Addressing Construction Defects and Failures in Texas
Delivery Method: Live Online
Course Description: This 7.0 hour live lecture presentation covers the differences between construction defects and construction failures, analyzing common defects and failures, practices that reduce defects and failures, resolving disputes that are generated by defects and failures, and ethical issues that are associated with defects and failures.
Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to distinguish between construction defects and failures and be able to discuss common causes of such, including design problems, suspect materials, construction methods, deterioration, unintended use, and natural events.
Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to adopt practices that reduce construction defects and failures, including reviewing proposed use of the structure, preparing and maintaining construction documents, complying with building codes and standards, proper material selection, monitoring construction, and correcting problems before project completion.
Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to participate in resolving disputes that are generated by defects and failures, including identifying parties with potential liability, engaging in conflict resolution procedures, and understanding insurance coverages.
Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to identify and avoid ethical pitfalls associated with construction defects and failures, including working outside of one’s area of competence, not understanding liability and indemnification provisions in construction documents, unsafe construction practices, and not honoring warranties and guarantees.
LUs: 7.0 LU Type: LU|HSWs.
Prerequisites: Experience with design and construction
Advance Preparation: None
Program Level: Intermediate
Course Expiration Date: 07/27/2023
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