How can making sense of the Big Data in construction projects benefit you?

Over at the Xpera blog, my latest article just went live on the topic of Big Data Analysis for the Construction Industry. Here is an excerpt:

The key—and this is truly one of the biggest challenges our industry faces right now—is how do we extract important and valuable information from the data?

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Why BIM hasn’t become too much of a factor in construction claims and disputes, so far…

RICS, the UK Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, is ramping up their focus on Building Information Modeling (BIM) and its impact on the building industry. I found this recent article interesting: The adoption of BIM and the subsequent BIM revolution, continues to have a major impact on every element of the construction industry – changing … Continue reading Why BIM hasn’t become too much of a factor in construction claims and disputes, so far…

Listen: Slate podcast features a profile of the forensic analysis process

Slate’s podcast, Working, profiles various professionals in an attempt to understand what certain unique jobs entail. In a recent episode, Jacob Brogan profiled Mark Hughes, a self-described “cell technical specialist” who performs forensic analysis of batteries: The lab where Hughes works is an enormous facility, coming in at around 85,000 square feet. It includes equipment … Continue reading Listen: Slate podcast features a profile of the forensic analysis process

How to manage the increasing complexity of today’s Construction Claims and Disputes

Last week I was honored to once again have the opportunity to write a guest post for Virginia construction lawyer and mediator Chris Hill’s Construction Law Musings. The title of the post: Hard to Handle. The subject: How to manage the increasing complexity (and costs) of today’s construction claims and disputes. Continue reading “How to manage the increasing complexity of today’s Construction Claims and Disputes”

Saying goodbye to a true architecture, engineering & construction forensics legend

Debra Rubin, of ENR, shares the sad news of the passing of an AEC forensics grandmaster:

John M. Hanson, who, as president, helped guide the growth of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc. into an industry-leading forensics and failures engineer and who led probes into high-profile collapses of the Kansas City Hyatt hotel walkway in 1981 and the New York State Thruway Schoharie Creek Bridge in 1987, died on May 26 in Green Valley, Ariz., at 84. The firm did not release the cause of death.

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Stan Luhr on what Liberty Mutual v. Brookfield means for SB800 and construction defect litigation in California

I won’t lie. This is a can of worms, and a half. If you are even tangentially connected to the residential construction industry in California, this case will probably impact you. For those of us that are connected to the construction defect litigation community, expect to see this case featured in just about every conference … Continue reading Stan Luhr on what Liberty Mutual v. Brookfield means for SB800 and construction defect litigation in California

The Xpera Group acquires Roel Consulting Services – now San Diego’s largest forensic expert firm

Congratulations to my friends at both firms! Xpera Group, a Solana Beach construction services company, has agreed to acquire certain assets of Roel Consulting Services Inc. “This acquisition doubles the size of our company, making Xpera the largest and most comprehensive group of construction consulting experts in San Diego County,” said Ted Bumgardner, president of … Continue reading The Xpera Group acquires Roel Consulting Services – now San Diego’s largest forensic expert firm