Attendance at the following professional development sessions on Thursday and Friday mornings is included in all AWCI or CISCA Full registrations or if you register separately for the Education Sessions.

Thursday, April 25 | 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Getting Paid and Protecting Your Business

This session will provide an overview of key contract terms that affect liability and payment terms. While the vast majority of the language in a contract is devoted to outlining the allocation of liabilities and various requirements for payment, few contractors have a developed understand- ing of those terms or their implications because most projects proceed without a dispute occurring, and therefore the exact language of the contract is never enforced. But once a dispute has occurred, it’s too late to consider the implications of these important terms for the first time. This presentation will explain what these terms mean and how they operate from a legal perspective.

  • Beyond scope and contract amount.
  • Key contract provisions you need to understand to protect your business.
  • Getting paid.
  • Claims and dispute resolution: an overview of the landscape.
Rich Capriola

Rich Capriola, Esq., is a partner with the Atlanta law firm, Winter Capriola Zenner, LLC. Capriola has extensive experience representing subcontractors and owners and in all manner of construction issues including delay claims, liens, bonds, negligent and defective construction, prompt-pay claims and related construction litigation, arbitration and mediation. He is licensed in Georgia, New York and Washington, D.C., and through association with local counsel, has represented clients across the country.

Eric B. Coleman

Eric B. Coleman, Esq., is a partner with the Atlanta law firm, Winter Capriola Zenner, LLC. Coleman serves as a board member for the construction section of the Atlanta Bar Association. His clients include owners, general contractors and subcontractors, both large and small. His practice focuses on resolution of construction disputes, including delay, nonpayment and defective-construction claims through mediation, arbitration and litigation.

Construction Powerpoint: Getting Paid and Protecting Your Business

Modern IT Innovations: Changing the Conversation in Construction

IT infrastructure is the foundation for implementing technologies across your organization. The increasing number of infrastructure services avail- able had created an environment where businesses of all sizes can com- pete on a level playing field. Allow the Ironman of IT to prepare you with the crucial conversations for successfully integrating BIM, IoT, AR/VR real- ity capture, business intelligence and more emerging technologies at your company. Learn some of the innovations helping construction companies scale the growing demands of their employees, clients and projects while maintaining business agility in the changing landscape of technology.

Jeff Sample

Jeff Sample has devoted the past 19 years to transforming companies through technology by educating others on the value of a secure and thriving IT ecosystem. Sample optimizes companies throughout the construction industry by designing solutions, optimizing strategic advantages and breaking down information silos. Based in Vail, Colo., his passion for outdoor adventure led to triathlons and Ironman competitions eventually garnering him the moniker “The Ironman of IT.”

He currently serves as a member of the AGC IT steering committee, assisting the organization’s momentum toward improving the quality of construction. You can tune in to hear Sample weekly on The ConTechCrew podcast or catch his presentations at The ConTech Roadshows.

Designating an OSHA Competent Person: What You Need to Know

According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a "'[C]ompetent person' means one who is capable of identifying exist- ing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous or dangerous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them" (29 CFR 1926.32(f)). However, this definition (like many others) can be subject to interpretation. Furthermore, certain OSHA standards have very specific requirements describing the duties of a competent person, while others make only a passing reference to competence.

How to make sense of it all—and make sure you’re in compliance with OSHA standards?

The Catamount Consulting Team has spent a great deal of time exploring the foundations of this standard to better help construction professionals un- derstand just what OSHA expects on the job site. Attendees are invited to join in this session to discuss the ins and outs of the competent person require- ments as they relate to OSHA’s construction standards, as well as learn how to ensure compliance with OSHA standards.

Friday, April 26 | 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Prefab and Modular: What is Happening Currently?

Technology continues to allow traditional construction to blend with manufacturing processes. Opportunities exist for both off-site and on-site manufacturing, including non-traditional modular construction currently being vetted by both owners and specialty contractors.

Three AWCI members will share what they are doing, what is working and what challenges continue in an emerging and changing construction marketplace.

The Raymond Group will share their experiences with on-site manufacturing and how they are using technology to find efficiencies and gain production.

MKB Construction Inc. has been vetting full room modular construction that both medical and hospitality owners are currently exploring plus their lessons learned with interior prefab.

Baker Triangle is always looking for prefab opportunities and will share several non-traditional deliverables they have executed.

The Appetite for Information

Develop world-class communication skills by adopting a mindset that recognizes the importance of this simple understanding and proac- tive approach. Move into the 21st century, embrace technology and assure that your organization communicates exceptionally well, internally and externally, customer-wide and company-wide. Minimize the need for com- munication to the irreducible minimum. Tell them what they need to know before they need to know it! Avoid the information chase and be sure information flows naturally where it needs to.

Doug Bellamy

During Doug Bellamy’s 50-year career, he has been involved in the construction management of over 67,000 residences and numerous commercial projects throughout California.

In 2014 he completed a decade long succession plan, handing over the reins to his son, Jason, president of Alta Drywall, who has taken the Alta Drywall name forward into its fourth decade of service in Southern California.

Bellamy is currently a semi-retired, former president and acting as a consultant focused on leadership development at Alta as well as assisting other drywall contractors outside Alta’s sphere of competition, nationwide.

He is a nationally published author, business management columnist, poet, award winning lyricist, public speaker, business management consultant and member of the Construction Writers Association. Since 2010 Bellamy has written feature articles as well as the monthly “Management Desk” column for AWCI’s Construction Dimensions.