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Wednesday, June 21, 2023 
9:00 am – 4:00 pm (including a 30-min. break) 


Best Practices for Preventing Problems During Construction 
Presented by Mike Baker 

  • Communication
  • Documentation
  • Scheduling and cost control
  • Quality assurance/control 


Handling Scheduling Problems 
Presented by Russ Vakharia and Erich Luschei 

  • Creating a reasonable schedule
  • Monitoring and maintaining the schedule
  • Handling schedule blow-ups: weather, site conditions, labor shortages, supply issues 


Making Ordered Changes 
Presented by Erich Luschei and Jin Oh 

  • Making the process easy
  • Documenting and communicating changes
  • Turning a constructive change into an ordered change 


Managing Constructive Changes
Presented by Kelly McNutt and Jin Oh 

  • Identifying the change and its origin
  • Communicating and documenting the change
  • Doing (or not doing) the work 


Managing Costs
Presented by Russ Vahkaria and Erich Luschei 


Managing Supply Chain Issues
Presented by
Mike Baker 

  • Working with material providers 
  • Shortages and bottlenecks
  • Alternate providers 


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Professional Engineers:
6.0 PDHs

6.0 HSW CE Hours

6.0 LU|HSW

International Code Council:
.6 CEUs (Administration)


Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.0 PDHs for professional engineers and 6.0 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects in all states that allow this learning method. Please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility. 

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses. 

 The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.0 HSW LUs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES. 

The International Code Council has approved this event for .6 CEUs in the specialty area of Administration (Preferred Provider No. 1232). 

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed). 

On-Demand Credits 
The preceding credit information only applies to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format may not be eligible for the same credits as the live presentation; please consult your licensing board(s) to ensure that a structured, asynchronous learning format is appropriate. The following pre-approvals may be available for the on-demand format upon request: 

 6.0 HSW LUs (AIA) 


Michael Baker

Partner, Snell & Willmer

With more than 25 years of experience dedicated to the area of construction law, Mike Baker focuses his practice on the representation of design professionals, engineers, general contractors, and public and private owners. His experience includes providing representation for business and contractual matters as well as disputes before arbitration panels, mediators, and trial courts. He has also acted in the capacity of mediator, arbitrator, and served on project dispute resolution boards on selected building programs and projects. Mike’s transactional experience in both construction and design-related matters includes drafting contracts related to project delivery methods as well as drafting building program management agreements and construction management agreements for building programs ranging from $200 million to over $1 billion on behalf of contractors, design teams, and owners. His experience as a trial lawyer is shown by having brought 20 cases to trial for decision or verdict, including venues in 11 different counties in the State of California and trials in multiple federal circuit court districts in California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Additionally, Mike has arbitrated numerous cases in private arbitration on behalf of contractors, owners, engineers, architects, construction managers involving building, and civil works. 

Mike is a member of the State Bar of California, the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), the Southern California Chapter where he is a board member and past Chapter President (2013), and was a founding member of the CMAA, Southern California Foundation Board. 


Erich Luschei

Senior Attorney, Theodora Oringher PC

Mr. Luschei has represented private and public owners, design professionals, contractors and subcontractors for over 35 years in disputes and transactional matters.  He has tried, arbitrated or mediated many cases for clients such as the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the City of Long Beach, the County of San Bernardino and County of San Bernardino Flood Control District, and the Los Angeles Unified School District.  Erich’s experience with construction disputes lead him into contract preparation for A&E agreements, construction contracts, subcontract agreements, and many other agreements for construction industry participants.  He also has extensive high-level experience in construction disputes and substantial experience in complex day-to-day project issues, including with changes, change orders, change management, constructive changes, directed acceleration, construction scheduling and scheduling disputes. Erich is licensed to practice law in the State of California and has handled disputes across the country and internationally.  He is a frequent speaker on legal issues affecting the construction industry and has authored numerous topics concerning construction related topics.

Kelly McNutt

President at Kelly McNutt Consulting

Ms. McNutt has over 21 years of experience in the construction industry primarily focused on heavy civil highway and transit projects. In addition, she has over 18 years of experience with Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. Ms. McNutt has worked on design management for complex design-build mega projects. She has also worked on construction methodologies and project execution for many projects. Ms. McNutt received her B.S. degree in Construction Management from Washington State University.

Jin K. Oh

Associate attorney in the Costa Mesa office of Theodora Oringher PC.

Jin Oh focuses her practice in construction litigation, representing clients in various industries in both state and federal courts.  She has played a central role in the firm’s representation of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority in extensive disputes initiated by the design builder on an 8-mile light rail design build project having three underground and five aerial and above ground stations, tunnels, bridges, walls, guideway, track, systems and testing, and design builder claims that included nearly every type of claim on a mega construction project.  Jin has worked with experts in multiple disciplines to demonstrate that contemporaneous project records of multiple types, ranging from entries on daily inspection reports to statements certified QA/QC reports, and is familiar with the best practices in administration during construction.  Jin attended University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, where she graduated as one of twenty honor students selected for the Gold Honors Program. In law school, Jin participated in the Honors Hale Moot Court program and served as a student supervisor at the Post-Conviction Justice Project Clinic. In her final year at Gould, Jin also interned in the Chambers of the Honorable S. James Otero, formerly of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Russ Vakharia

Supervising Engineer, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts

Russ Vakharia has over 30 years of experience in the management of construction projects for major public agencies and private consultants and contractorsHe presently is Supervising Engineer at the LA County Sanitation Districts, and Construction Manager on the construction of a new 7-mile-long effluent tunnel—the longest single drive pressurized face tunnel ever constructed in California.  Russ has extensive experience managing major construction projects for other public owners as well, including the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.  Russ has experience with a broad array of projects and in-depth expertise in construction management and construction schedulingHe has taught Construction Management at UCLA extension for 9 years and in USC’s Master’s program in Construction Management for 5 yearsHe also has taught CPM scheduling classes to employees of public and private firms, published multiple papers on the subject of CPM Scheduling and presented scheduling and construction topics at conferences conducted by AACE, Primavera Annual Conference, American Public Works Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, Water Environment Federation, RETC Tunnel Conference, Stanford construction conference, and others. Russ has a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science from BS and MS from Stanford Engineering school. He also holds the following certifications as a Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP) from AACE International, and as a Scheduling Professional from the Project Management Institute. 

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title:  Solving Problems During the Construction Process

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This six-hour course focuses on the best practices used to prevent problems during construction and analyzes solutions to five different types of issues that may arise on a construction project: handling scheduling problems, making ordered changes, making constructive changes, managing costs and managing supply chain issues.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to adopt best practices for preventing problems in the construction phase before they arise, such as communication, documentation, scheduling, cost control and quality assurance.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to create a reasonable construction schedule, monitor and maintain the schedule, and utilize strategies to handle unforeseen scheduling issues such as inclement weather, labor shortages, supply issues, etc.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to identify constructive changes and their origins, communicate and document the change.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to develop solutions to supply shortages and bottlenecks by working with material providers and locating alternate providers.

LUs: 6.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with construction management

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 04/18/2026

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.