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Webinar: Inside the Contractor Mind: Bidding, Change Orders, & Claims

Presentation Date:  May 20, 2021 Presenters:  Scott Jennings and Patrick Mullen Audience:  ACECH (American Council of Engineering Companies of Hawaii) Location:  Remote Abstract: How many times have you said “What in the world were they thinking?! He left 30% on the table on that bid yesterday!” Or “this change order is highway robbery!” Or, finally, “this […]

Inside the Contractor’s Mind: Bidding, Change Orders, & Claims

Executive Summary Scott Jennings and Patrick Mullen gave a very frank presentation on what runs through the contractor’s mind in his/her creation of a bid, formulation of a change order, and preparation of a claim. Both cost and time. What’s covered in this presentation? This presentation presents reality. Without very […]

Contractor Intake Form

Thank you for choosing SJ Construction Consulting, LLC (SJCC) to assist you with your contractor application. Please take a moment to complete the necessary information below. We realize that some of the information on this form may be of a sensitive nature and want to assure you that all sensitive […]

Hawaii Contractor Licensing Services

SJCC CAN HELP YOU OBTAIN YOUR CONTRACTOR’S LICENSE Need help obtaining your contractor’s license here in Hawaii – look no further!  SJ Construction Consulting, LLC (SJCC) has the skillful and experienced staff ready to assist you with the contractor application process. Obtaining a contracting license in the state of Hawaii […]

Financial Protection for the General Contractor & Owner: Two Ways

Executive Summary When making regular payments throughout the lifespan of a construction project, there are two main ways a general contractor or owner can achieve a significant level of financial protection: the joint check and/or the lien release. The Payment Process Most construction projects pay on a monthly basis. Payments […]

Contract Mapping: A Valuable Tool in Your Toolbox

Executive Summary Contract interpretation can be difficult for a construction professional. Contracts are comprised of thousands of words and hundreds of paragraphs. Consider “contract mapping” to help quickly guide you through a contract. Give me numbers, not words. Most construction professionals are technically minded and/or visually geared. This is to […]

Bid Day: You Better Honor Your Bid, Mr. Subcontractor

Executive Summary As a general contractor you can rely on your subcontractor’s bid on bid day as a binding agreement. But not in all states. Read on to learn about protection granted by the Doctrine of Promissory Estoppel.  Call Your Attorney  I’m not a lawyer, and I don’t know what […]

Optimizing the Contractor’s Professional Engineer

Executive summary. Do you often need a professional engineer to facilitate the construction at your projects? Here’s how to pick your engineer and to guarantee the quickest turnaround of the product you need. Needing a professional engineer. You have traffic control, concrete formwork, deep excavations, shored trenches, worker tie-offs, or […]

Introduction to Contractor Estimating

Executive Summary.  The reader is introduced to the process of contractor estimating from initial project evaluation through the call for bond, the takeoff, the actual estimating of a civil project, an even the turn in of the bid. Bid Evaluation and call for bond.  Contractors consider many facets of a […]

Needed Software for a Contractor

Executive Summary. What are the “necessities” for software and apps for your construction business? Here’s a look at what’s out there – software and/or apps that are in use by successful firms to accomplish necessary functions in your business. What do I need? If you’re doing more than a million […]

Instant Resolution of Contractor Overhead Daily Cost

Executive Summary.  Projects often experience delays for which the Contractor is awarded additional time.  The determination of the per day reimbursement to the Contractor for this time is fraught with protracted analysis and negotiation.  Owners should consider the time related overhead bid item for instant resolution. The Problem.  It happens every day – the […]

Top 5 Excel Tips for Contractors

Executive Summary: Microsoft Excel is probably the most common tool in the construction industry. Most people use it daily. Here are five simple, everyday things to make you better with Microsoft Excel.  Right to the tips! To some this list will be elementary, to some it will be lifechanging! Feel free […]

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Contract favors the non-drafting party

If you get into a contract dispute, and you did not draft the contract agreement, know that the rule of contra proferentem adopts the interpretation that favors the non-drafting party (Administration of Government Contracts written by John Cibinic, Jr. and Ralph C. Nash, Jr.). This basically states that if something […]

Contractor Tools

Here are some tools to use daily to make sure you get the job done right! Software We use and recommend the following software: Stack: Construction Takeoff There’s no better time to set your team up for bidding success. Say goodbye to inaccurate, time-consuming takeoff and estimating processes and hello […]

Standardized Contracts and ConsensusDocs: a Win-Win

Download PDF Executive Summary: Standardized contracts provide tremendous benefit to the construction industry – they benefit the owner and the contractor. ConsensusDocs is the leading standardized contracts provider utilizing plain speak and fair risk allocation. Consider using them on your next project. [QR1]  What’s out there now. We’d all agree that […]

Construction Contract Review Basics

Executive Summary:  Each day we hand contracts down to our subs or we are signing contracts down from Owners or General Contractors.  Know some of the basics of what to look for here. What is and when will I ever use a Contract?  A contract is a laying out of […]

Hawaii Case: A Subcontract is Valid and Binding Without a Signature

Executive Summary: Contractors too often allow their subcontractors to commence work without a fully executed subcontract. A contract between the two parties can be binding even without a signature. Learn from this June 2017 case in Hawaii how a contract can be formed without a signature. No signature required. Pacific […]

The Good and the Bad of Contracting

Executive Summary:  Contracting can be the most fantastic of businesses, but also one of the toughest.  Read about some of the things that make it the best and the worst of businesses. What makes contracting unique?  I think that everyone thinks their business is different from everyone else’s.  As I […]

A Contractor’s Cash Flow: Acknowledgement and Improvement

Executive Summary:  Managing cash flow is imperative and it never hurts to see these challenges on paper.  This article reminds you as the owner, the chief financial officer, or as a member of the project management team of the challenge of staying cash positive. Cash is king.  If you’ve had […]

Contractor Wins Acceleration Impact Cost and the Incentive Payment

Contractor Wins Acceleration Impact Cost AND the Incentive Payment (1995)1 Executive Summary: The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) awarded a time sensitive bridge rehabilitation project to a contractor and, within the contract, provided a large daily incentive payment for early completion. PennDOT delayed the project and refused to pay the acceleration […]

Civil Contractor Bidding: Behind the Scenes

Event & Topic: Scott Jennings, P.E., M. ASCE, was the guest speaker at the Hawaii Chapter’s monthly member meeting in Honolulu. His presentation was entitled Civil Contractor Bidding: Behind the Scenes. Background & Content: Within Hawaii’s engineering community, there exists a void in civil construction estimating services. During Mr. Jennings’ […]

Project Loss Insurance: Heard of It?

Executive Summary There exists an insurance product to mitigate the risk associated with catastrophic failure of a construction company. It’s called Project Loss Insurance. Tell me more about this insurance.   Project Loss Insurance (PLI) is a product that covers financial loss to a contractor for losses associated with: Bad estimates […]

Utes and Bunds: Working in New Zealand

Executive Summary Civil construction is the same, but different, in New Zealand. Some terms and methods which vary from American civil construction follow. Give me a little bit about New Zealand? New Zealand is a country with about 5,000,000 people in it. This is roughly the population of Alabama in […]

Bluebeam Revu Review

Executive Summary Bluebeam Revu is a tool that’s been around for several years now to aid in the manipulation of pdf documents – hear a little bit about it here and why I insist on using it. My commission when you buy it. Uh yeah, there’s not one. Just trying […]

Keep the Excavator Digging – It Drives the Cost

By Christopher Swetz, SJ Construction Consulting, LLC Executive Summary Properly planning and monitoring the work can result in a safer and more profitable activity. Here’s one way to do it in utility installation. Dig Baby Dig! In underground utility excavation, the critical driver of both productivity and the overall cost […]

Estimating: Theoretical versus Production History

Executive Summary Many approaches exist for estimating – two of them being a theoretical approach versus a production history approach. One is based on what you think, the other on what you know. These terms may not be familiar to you, but the difference in execution may be. What is […]

Available RME List

The Hawaii Administrative Rules Title 16, which include the RME classifications, are here.  If you are interested in advertising the availability of your RME license, please contact Monique Kelsey at (833) SJ-CIVIL via phone or simply email her at mk@sjcivil.com. Here is a list of people in Hawaii with available RME […]

Find an RME – Responsible Managing Employee

Trying to find an RME or looking to become an RME for a company?SJCC is here to assist you!   An RME is a Responsible Managing Employee. These individuals have taken and passed the necessary exams to become licensed in a certain classification or trade. Some states have different designations – […]

Lose the Guilt – Mark it Up!

Executive Summary Contractors deserve to be profitable. It’s necessary for business survival. A perceived exorbitant markup should not be fretted over. Mark it up! The “disclaimer”. Profit is markup is fee here. Be advised this article assumes that profit and markup and fee are one in the same. There is […]

Blind and Dumb: Meeting Attendees

Executive Summary An effective meeting is one wherein the attendees are “with” the facilitator the entire time and can and do follow along. Here are some suggested tactics. “Musts” for an effective meeting. Have an agenda. Make it simple. If you need to hold someone accountable for the events or […]

Trained or Untrained? Being Claim-Ready

Executive Summary Contractors that deal with tough projects, tough clients, and/or tough contracts need to be in a mindset of always being claim-ready. Here’s the start to being trained and claim-ready. When you say “claim”-ready, you mean? A “claim” in this context is really meant to mean impact, or change […]

The Calibration Period: Plan for Patience

Executive Summary New business relationships do not come free of humps and bumps. Work through these challenges to develop lifelong partners. The need for others. Whether you are a business owner looking for employees, or a front-line manager looking to get a project built, you cannot do it all on […]

Delay Letter: A Template & How to Write One

Executive Summary As a contractor, the notification of delay is critical. Here are the important ingredients to a delay letter. Why do I need one? Say you’re on a project and you are losing time – you are delayed. If it’s your fault, you better catch up. If it’s someone […]

Your Equipment Rates: Where to Start

Executive Summary Whether in an estimate setup or change order negotiation scenario, if you do not know your equipment rates, start with a baseline cost. You know your equipment rates? You own ten, one hundred, or even a thousand or more pieces of rolling stock. Do you know what they […]

The Leonard Curves: Another Tool in Labor Loss Quantification

Executive Summary Charles Leonard performed a study which resulted in the Leonard Curves. These curves may be a helpful tool to quantify your labor productivity loss due to cumulative impacts on your project. The Deeper Dive Revay and Associates Limited out of Canada wrote a great comparison article between the […]

Jet Grout in Five Minutes

Executive Summary Jet grout has been, and continues to be, a successful means of ground improvement. It can serve many purposes – two of the most common are structural support and groundwater control. Definition of Jet Grout Jet grout is a method of ground improvement wherein a drilling machine injects […]

Engine Failure Makes Engineers Great: Redundancy

Executive Summary On February 20, 2021 a Boeing 777 airplane lost an engine during flight over Colorado.  The engine failure was catastrophic and could have resulted in hundreds of deaths.  The plane landed safely back in Denver.  This failure highlights the greatness of engineers. Here’s a link to the story […]

What a College Degree Says

Executive Summary A college degree sometimes seems overrated as it isn’t necessarily a measure of intelligence, nor a guarantee of success. A pigskin on the wall says more than “I know engineering” or “I know business”. It says, “I can finish things.” What is a College Degree? A Bachelor of […]

Contingency Doesn’t Exist When Low Bid Wins

Executive Summary When an owner determines the method of award is that the low bid wins, they shouldn’t expect contingency in a contractor’s bid. Here’s what they should expect. What is Contingency? If you go to google.com and type in “definition of contingency” you get this: [QR] A provision for […]

Bucketing – the Proper Claim Accounting Method

Executive Summary The categorization of costs incurred in a changed condition scenario is critical in dispute resolution. Account for costs by issue and sub-issue by creating buckets of costs. Do it early! Here Come the Extra Costs When you (the contractor) experience a change, whether you have notified the owner […]

K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple Stupid

Executive Summary There’s power in simplicity. Harness the power to more efficiently communicate in-house and with your clients. What’s in a Task? Each day we all show up to work and have to accomplish a task. There are usually two main components of a task: the speed at which it […]

Scott Jennings, P.E.: Subject Matter Expert

Scott Jennings, P.E.: Subject Matter Expert Mr. Jennings has decades of experience in the construction industry, from contractor to executive. Below are publications that have asked Mr. Jennings to provide his experienced-based insight on industry topics. Forecasting with Confidence – How Contractors Can Solve Four Common Challenges Breaking Down Data […]

Incidental: What’s in a Word?

Executive Summary The word “incidental” is common to the construction industry and it can be damning if you’re not careful. Understand what you’re committing to when you enter that unit price in the bid proposal when it requires “all incidental costs be included”. What is this word, incidental? Incidental, included, […]

Tech Tricks for Computer Efficiency

Practice implementing these tech habits into your daily routine and you’ll become more efficient at your computer & other tech devices! Laptop / Desktop Tech Use a Mouse If you don’t already: Use. A. Mouse. Even with a laptop. While the mouse is technically the slowest part of the computer, […]

Pipeline Podcast: Best of 2020

Here’s a look back as we’ve had some great topics in 2020 for new and experienced contractors, engineers, estimators, and owners. Related Articles https://conta.cc/39bylFM

Delay Types – Top 4 List

Executive Summary Contractors experience all sorts of delays. This article covers what, arguably, may be the four most common types: inexcusable, excusable, compensable, and concurrent. Where do I Start with a Delay Analysis? Projects can be delayed for multiple reasons and the first question that must be asked to assign […]

Starting a Construction Business: a 5-Minute “How To”

Executive Summary Starting a construction business has its unique requirements. These plus the norms will get you up and running at your new construction business. Step 1. Do You Know What You’re Doing? This is the first question to ask yourself as you are getting ready to enter, as my […]

Foundations: Shallow vs Deep – What’s the Difference?

Executive Summary Our nation’s infrastructure bears on many types of foundations. Generally speaking, they can be classified into two different types: shallow or deep foundations. What’s a foundation? Loads on structures are created by all sorts of sources. Just the pure weight of the structure, or people walking in or […]

Pre-Bid Questioning to the Owner or Yourself

Executive Summary Many challenges in a project can be flushed out in the pre-bid phase with clear and concise questioning to the Owner. Consider these questions as a part of your bidding procedure. The Bidding Procedure The procedure’s quite simple: there’s an advertisement phase, an estimating phase, and then the […]

Setting the Bid Unit Price: 2 Main Reasons for Unbalancing

Executive Summary Setting of bid prices on a unit price bid can have significant effects on the financial performance of a project. Set your unit prices in your proposals to have positive impact. Be strategic. Balanced Bid PricesA balanced bid price is when each of the bid items shares equally […]

Day Labeling: Insult Your Client with Simplicity

Executive Summary Construction contracts are almost always measured in some sort of day: a working day or a calendar day. In analysis and project communication, kill the doubt for the reader and always define the type of day in every use of the word “day”. What’s a Work Day? A […]

Fire! Run to It, Not From It!

Executive Summary Construction often times does not go per plan. These unexpected variances in the plan can make or break a job. How you treat these “fires” can define your effectiveness as a manager. What could go wrong? In construction there’s dozens, if not hundreds or thousands of things, that […]

Anatomy of a Change

Executive Summary Construction changes are generally handled in a similar way in most contracts. As a contractor you can develop good habits and controls to ensure you capture time and cost impacts. Anatomy of a Change Changes occur in a majority of construction contracts. Knowing how to track them and […]

Shhh, You’re being Recorded – and Two Other Tips

Executive Summary Just three random important things for contractors that didn’t make up an article all on their own: the legality of audio recording, running one man short, the golden rule of bid forms. What’s this article about? It’s about being a smart contractor in the easiest of ways. Learn […]

Quantifying the Loss in Labor Productivity: the MCAA Factors

Executive Summary There are very few “court-accepted” ways a contractor can quantify his or her loss as a result of labor productivity, or lack thereof. MCAA’s (Mechanical Contractors Association of America, Inc.) document PD 2 Factors Affecting Labor Productivity is one of the most widely used methods in practice. See […]

Cash v. Accrual Accounting – Whatchu Talkin’ About Willis?

Executive Summary There are basic differences between cash and accrual accounting.  Here’s a quick review. What is Accounting? Sounds simple, right?  It’s just keeping track of money in a business. And money only does one of two things – it either goes in the bank account, or out of the […]

How to do a Job Cost Projection: Cutting through the Fog – Part 2

You can find Part 1 here. Let’s run through an example. Let’s do an example so you see some of the challenges. Let’s take one cost code in your budget – let’s look at roadway subgrade. Below we have the budget for this cost. You can see the cost code […]

Mistaken Taboo: Project Overhead

Executive summary. Field overhead carries different names with different contractors and owners. Discussed here is what field overhead is, and why it’s important for owners to understand. Project estimation. When a construction project is estimated, a good estimate will be one that captures all costs related to a project. These costs include, […]

Surety Assistance

SURETY ASSISTANCE Sureties get involved for numerous reasons, financial and performance failure being two primary reasons.  At SJCC we have experienced this scenario firsthand.  We have been on the side of the failed contractor and we have been on the surety side pulling the contractor up from the ashes.  Very […]

Scheduling

SCHEDULING SJCC provides scheduling in both Oracle PrimaveraTM and Microsoft ProjectTM for contractors and owners. Typical services for our clients follow: Contractors Owners Construction Managers Baseline generation Program management Submittal review Monthly updates Design and bidding calendar Claim defense Resource loading Submittal review Intelligent and simple graphics for presentation to […]

The #1 Driver of a Construction Claim

Executive Summary A construction claim is a dispute in the Work as it was contemplated in the original construction documents. However, a large percentage of what drives a claim is not the Contract. It’s the people. It’s personalities. The Spark Losing money. That’s what drives contractors to spar with an […]

Webinars

2021 Inside The Contractor Mind: Bidding, Change Orders, & Claims 2020 Force Majeure & Differing Site Conditions during COVID-19 COVID Construction Insurance & Bonding during COVID-19 Small/Medium Business Cybersecurity & Best Practices during COVID-19

Hawaii-Licensed RME (HAR §16-77-28)

HAWAII-LICENSED RME Construction contracting in Hawaii requires that contracting entities hold a license to practice, and that each entity have an RME (Responsible Managing Employee). To become an RME, one must qualify, apply, be approved, schedule, sit for, pass, and then be notified by the Contractor’s License Board of Active status. […]

Bond Premium and the Project Time Extension

Executive summary. Most traditional bond rates have two variables in their cost: the contract value and the time threshold. Do not forget to include both in time extension negotiations. What’s in a bond rate? The bond rate from your surety agent comes in two parts: (1) the cost as a […]

Dear Owner, No Change Orders Thank You

Executive summary. Most Project Owners are convinced that Contractors thrive on change orders. The truth is that most would prefer to have none. Read below a sort of open letter to Owners. Speed. I feel the need, the need for speed [QR]. Mr. Owner, when I signed this contract, I […]

Webinar: Construction Insurance & Bonding during COVID-19

About An overview and Q&A on how the current pandemic conditions are impacting construction insurance and bonding. How the pandemic will impact a business’ insurance and bonding will vary depending on the role your business plays in the construction industry. General trends are already appearing, so join us for a […]

I Didn’t Ask for a Lamborghini

Executive summary. Extra work on a construction project must be delivered at fair and reasonable prices. Owners should know they have this right in their Contract, and Contractors should know the owners have this right too. Here comes the extra work. A new scope of work has been added to […]

Letters to the Owner Need to Tell, Not Ask

Executive summary. Most contractors use letters to communicate significant events in a project. Use letters to tell. Use RFIs to ask. Letters for when and for what. Generally speaking, during a construction project, letters are used by contractors to owners at significant or milestone-type events. Common reasons for letters include: […]

“Boosting” Job Profits on Equipment Purchase – on Paper

Executive summary. Whether in a bid situation or a change order negotiation, there is a way to boost your profit on paper by not “job costing” your equipment. Let’s talk depreciation. And whatever you do, make sure to talk to your CPA after reading this. It’s much more complicated than […]

Webinar: Force Majeure & Differing Site Conditions

About Scott Jennings, P.E. facilitates a live 2-hour webinar and Q&A with attorney Scott Batterman, Esq. of Clay Chapman Iwamura Pulice & Nervell, Attorneys at Law from Honolulu, Hawaii to address one of the hottest topics now in the construction industry:   Force Majeure due to COVID-19 And also because many […]

Registration: Force Majeure & Differing Site Conditions – Notification and Response

FREE WEBINARForce Majeure & Differing Site Conditions – Notification and Response  Scott Jennings, P.E.SJ ConstructionConsulting, LLC sj@sjcivil.com808-271-5150 Scott I. Batterman, Esq.Clay Chapman IwamuraPulice & Nervell,Attorneys at Law sib@paclawteam.com808-535-8410 Location: Live Online WebinarDate: Thursday, March 26, 2020Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am HST Scott Jennings, P.E. will facilitate a live 2-hour webinar […]

Remote Training HCSS HeavyBid

Scott Jennings, P.E. is one of only a handful of HCSS contract trainers, offering both on-site and remote training. This means that HCSS trusts Scott to implement and train new and existing customers in HCSS HeavyBid. So you can know that you’ll be in good hands during your on-site or […]

Project Parties – Who does what?

Executive summary.  The management structure of sizable projects usually involves four major parties:  the owner, the construction manager, the designer, and the contractor.  Here’s how project management is structured and what the parties’ responsibilities are in two common project delivery methods. Project conception.  Let’s take a sample project, say, a […]

Signing a Change Order: What to look for

Executive summary. Ensure that before you sign a change order, all of the necessary components of your negotiation are included. Here’s what to look for in a change order before you sign it. And don’t forget – you don’t have to sign it. What is a change order? It’s a […]

What Information Governs: Order of Precedence

Executive summary. As a construction professional in the field, when information conflicts between plans and specifications, you should immediately seek the order of precedence section of your contract for guidance. What is order of precedence? In a construction project, the contractor is directed on the makeup of the final product […]

Notice: Writing the Letter

Executive summary. There’s almost nothing more important than notifying your client, in accordance with the Contract, of a time and/or cost impact. Learn how to do it here. What is “notice” and why is it so important? If you had a contractor working on your home and on the presumed […]

Legal Word of the Day: Contemporaneous

Executive Summary In a construction matter, the quality of evidence can be as important as the evidence itself. Using contemporaneous information can be invaluable in your legal matter against an opposing party. What is this word, contemporaneous? In layman’s terms it means recording information as it happens. A note recorded […]

The Joint Venture Estimate: Setup is Key

Executive summary. Whether bidding a job together in one shared document, or running comparison estimates, the setup in a joint venture effort is critical to success. Consider establishing the following before starting your estimating effort. And, be consistent. Be consistent. Why setup is so critical. There’s nothing more important in […]

Wanna Eat? Help me Kill

Executive summary. Maintaining employment is a factor of your performance, but for construction and engineering firms it is largely dependent on a firm’s ability to bring in project after project. Who’s responsible for bringing in these projects? The answer lies below. The business model. Construction and engineering firms usually do […]

Earthwork: What’s a Cubic Yard?

Executive Summary A cubic yard is not a cubic yard when it comes to earthwork estimating and field operations. Know the difference to best estimate productions and to negotiate pricing in the field.  Estimating Earthwork Let’s say you’re at your daughter’s soccer game and you’ve been asked to excavate a […]

Designers Design, Constructors Construct: Drawings Constructability Review

Executive Summary. A constructability review can significantly and positively impact a project. But what is it and what are the third-party reviewers looking for in their review? Here we look just at the drawings/plan review (not the specification and contract review). What is it? A constructability review is a third […]

Designing with Cost in Mind

Executive Summary.  Contractors are often brought into a project in the design phase to minimize cost.  Here are some guidelines on infrastructure project cost cutting measures from a Contractor’s viewpoint – it’s advice to a design team. How estimating is done.  In civil infrastructure work, most contractors use crew-based methods […]

The Lookahead Schedule and 90/60/30

Executive Summary.  Once the project starts, it is the Contractor’s project management team’s responsibility to update the client on a regular, usually weekly, basis.  This is done graphically using a lookahead schedule in bar chart format (also known as a Gantt Chart).  Here we discuss the contents and reliability of […]

Is One RFI One Too Many?

Executive Summary. How many RFIs (requests for information) are too many on a construction project? Is it time, is it possible, to tie the number of RFIs on a job to the cost impact suffered by a contractor? What is an RFI? “RFI” is an acronym standing for Request for […]

If Cash is King, Time’s the Queen

Executive Summary. Time for any business is critical, perhaps more so in construction than many other industries. The role of time and its effect on a contractor are discussed here. Cash is king. Most construction companies have seen times when cash has been tight. If you can’t manage cash, it’s a […]

Time, an Owner’s Achille’s Heel

Executive Summary. Discussed here, by a contractor, is arguably the #1 area of recommended improvement for infrastructure owners with fiduciary responsibility. The area in need of improvement: response time to construction issues. Where does time cost an owner money? The number one place time costs an owner money is in response time. […]

Live Crew Cost Clicker

Executive Summary. Education of your staff or of your client can be effectively done using SJ Construction Consulting LLC’s (SJCC) Crew Cost Clicker. Don’t talk about the cost per hour of a crew, show it. Live.  The Clicker. Runjob Software partnered with SJCC to develop a simple, yet effective, visual […]

Construction Law Bible

Executive Summary If you work for a public works construction contractor or you do construction management on public works jobs, Administration of Government Contracts by John Cibinic, Jr. and Ralph C. Nash, Jr. is the bible for governmental law. A very brief background from a construction professional, not a lawyer, is […]

Davis-Bacon, OSHA, Jones Act, and Buy American

Executive Summary. A quick background on terms you hear every day in federal construction contracting: Davis-Bacon, OSHA, Jones Act, and Buy American. The terms. Each of the items in the title were introduced by the federal government. Here’s a quick background on each of them. Davis-Bacon Act – Senator James […]

Embedding Cost Control Culture into the Project Cycle

By Scott Jennings, P.E. This article was originally published in CFMA’s Building Profits April 2019 Sometimes financial situations can cause a contractor to fail. But these mishaps can likely be avoided.  Forecasting and managing the timely implementation and execution of cost controls can considerably impact effective bidding. In fact, cost […]

The Basics of Advanced Scheduling Terminology

Executive Summary. It’s important as a contractor, or even as an owner’s representative, to know a bit more than the basics of scheduling.  Familiarity of some of the terms is helpful regardless of what side of the table you’re on:  Contractor or Owner.  The terms.  When a project starts to […]

Fleet Management: Ways to Gather Data

Executive Summary. Several means exist in the way of gathering data from your operating fleet. Here are the basic ways and then a quick explanation of current technology.  The Basics of Data Collection. Many contractors, or companies with large on/offroad fleets and/or construction equipment, use somethingto track their assets’ location and/or performance: Clipboard […]

Timecard Collection – Like You’ve Never Heard

Executive Summary.  One of the top complaints of construction employers is the collection of completed timecards – in a timely manner that is.  Here is a suggestion for improvement you probably haven’t heard. What sort of timecard?  Although this phenomenon of untimely timecard collection happens to salaried employees who simply […]

Freight Terms Over Land

If you’ve ever seen a quote from a supplier, or you’ve taken delivery of a product on a jobsite, there’s always a term, or an acronym or two on the paperwork which may look foreign to you. Here’s some common freight lingo you should know…

What is Section Modulus, S?

Executive Summary:  One of the most basic properties of a beam is its section modulus. How does the section modulus, S, come into play in structural design?  And, why should I care? What is a beam?  Keeping it simple here, a beam is a horizontal member supported at two ends.  When you stand in the […]

Forecasting with Confidence

Forecasting feeds the lifeline of the financial health of a company,” he says. “If owners and CEOs want to prevent profit fade during construction projects, they must equip project managers with sophisticated software tools that allow the managers to project costs accurately.

Avoid Claims with a Pre-Bid Analysis

In a best case scenario, a construction claim will make the contractor financially whole again on the matter. In a worst case scenario, the contractor goes out of business. Most claims conclude somewhere in between with all parties unhappy.

Cost Codes: What, Why & How

Executive Summary:  Many construction companies run their operations with too little specificity; costs ought to be reviewed on an activity-by-activity basis.  Learn what, why and how to set up a good cost code structure.   The bid and execution.  Let’s use an example, say, Concrete Curb & Gutter.  Suppose this was a proposal item for our […]

About Us

    Scott Jennings, P.E.sj@sjcivil.comCV Mr. Jennings has over 25 years of experience from entry level field engineer to estimator to the sole owner of a heavy/civil construction company. Scott has extensive top to bottom hands-on operational and executive experience in projects exceeding $100 million in contract value. Scott has experience […]

The Internal Pre-Con: Top 10

Contractors usually are mandated to attend a pre-construction meeting with the Owner. There’s no reason not to also have an internal pre-construction meeting.

The Construction Daily Report: Why & What

The importance of the daily report cannot be overstated. Knowing whyto write them and whatto put in the report is critical for defense of yourself, and offense against another party.

Spearin and Modified Total Cost Method Adopted in Missouri

One of contractors’ most reliable defenses, the Spearin Doctrine, has been upheld in a Missouri Court. Certainly, for Missourians, this is a good thing, and to the extent, others may be able to reference this case or use a similar approach in claims, is a win for the construction industry.

Training: Now I see the Value

The benefits of training can be great for numerous reasons. You’re making capitalinvestments, you should also treat your employeesas an asset worthy of investment too.

Engineers/Architects

We assist designers in any phase of a project to add construction expertise to the suite of services to owners.

Construction Claims Hierarchy

Construction claims are an unfortunate part of the construction process in today’s world. When you have a claim, know the order of hierarchy in your presentation of the data for maximum remuneration from the client.

Job Openings

Construction Manager About:  SJ Construction Consulting, LLC (SJCC) is a construction consulting firm based out of Honolulu with operations on the West Coast, and clients across the nation. We serve the public and private sectors in pre-construction, construction management, claims support, and expert witness services.  Role:  Construction manager acting on […]

Customized Programming: Easy Access and Low Cost

Executive Summary: There are no perfect software solutions out there for many industries. Many companies must settle for “close enough” to achieve their control goals. If you have relatively simple needs, considering a custom program may vastly improve your efficiency for less cost than you think. What do you mean, […]

Some Basic Analysis Techniques in Claim Preparation

Executive Summary: A claim is made because a contractor has lost money and/or time on a project. The method is chosen by the contractor to substantiate these costs can vary. Some popular methods of calculating cost are presented. What and why do I have a claim? In a perfect world, and […]

If I Told You, You Would Have Screwed Everything Up

My Story I’ve written a couple posts about my superintendent Mike. This one involves another one of my superintendents in the past named Jon. Jon and I were running a good sized job at a large, public transportation facility. Of course, the location of this facility shall remain nameless to […]

Balance Sheet – Knowing the Basics of Liabilities

Executive Summary: The balance sheet says a great deal about a company. If you’re a business owner you better know how to read your own, as well as that of your clients and subcontractors. This week we discuss the Liabilities section. Just the basics. My recent article introduced the balance […]

Importance of Timely Notification

I have not done the official research on what are the most common causes of success or failure in a construction claim, but I would bet that the quality of notification to your client is a leading indicator of success – or failure. I can tell you this with certainty: […]

Lose the political correctness and go find that pipe stretcher

We all hear on the news about this over political correctness and how everyone’s become so sensitive. Well, get over it. Sometimes people get a laugh at your expense. It doesn’t have to be mean – good fun is good fun. The year: 1990. The contractor: Peter Kiewit. The job: […]

Spearin Doctrine – a Landmark Construction Law Case

Have you ever had a project you were building according to plans and specifications and it just couldn’t be built the way they drew it up? George B. Spearin did in Brooklyn, New York.  He sued the federal government in 1918 and won – click here to see it in […]

The Unilateral Change Order

  Executive Summary: The purpose of a change order is to add work to an existing contract. Ideally, this work is added with mutually agreeable terms in scope, time, and cost. These terms often cannot be agreed upon and contractors feel coerced into signing the document. Consider not signing the change order. Origination […]

Project Management Triple Constraint

Executive Summary: There’s an adage, fast/cheap/good, pick any two. This relates to the Project Management Triple Constraint. It also has other names like Iron Triangle and Project Triangle. The Triple Constraint. A common teaching in the project management world is the Triple Constraint. This is represented by the simple triangle […]

Training & Software

Our experts in estimating, specifically HCSS products, can optimize your use of the software. We also have 2D and 3D software services to assist in your proposal preparation. Training HCSS HeavyBid – training, codebooks, tips and tricks – we employ one of only six HCSS contract trainers for HeavyBid [ […]

Engineer, Architect, & Legal Support

We assist designers in any phase of a project to add construction expertise to the suite of services to owners.  Attorneys benefit from our knowledge of construction means and methods, engineering principles, and their integration with construction law. Engineers’ Estimates True contractor estimates. Not unit priced from a book, but […]

Company Improvements

Our clients want to be ‘best in class’.  Often our clients excel at placing concrete or getting pipe in the ground but cannot get the processes and business end to that same outstanding level.  We can help. Personnel Organizational assessment – getting personnel in their correct roles Skills assessment – […]

Turnarounds & M+A

Betting the Company?  Whether you do $500 million or $5 million annually, we can help.  We know the construction industry.  We know corporations, sole proprietors, and family ownership.  Our client is you and the Company.  Bring us in to help you get back on track.  We turnaround construction companies by […]

Cost versus Price

Executive Summary: Cost and price are two different measures of money in a construction bid. Knowing the difference is fundamental and can improve profit. What is cost? Cost is the expense associated with an activity or item. It is just cost. It has nothing to do with price. In construction […]

A Quickie on DEF

Executive Summary: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency implemented a rule on May 11, 2004 [QR1] which rocked the construction industry. It has made DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) a household name. What is DEF?  What is DEF? DEF is an acronym which stands for Diesel Exhaust Fluid. It’s a liquid. It’s […]

Plans Constructability Review: Why, When, and What?

Executive Summary: A constructability review of a plan set can greatly benefit the project. On the surface, it looks like it benefits primarily the Owner, but the benefits to the design team and contractor can also be significant. All project parties should encourage this service on their projects. I’m only […]

Conversion of Inches to Feet (in decimals)

Imperial vs. Metric Length in the United States is still primarily measured using inches and feet – inches add up to feet add up to yards add up to miles. These are called Imperial units. The vastly more common way on the planet of measuring distance is by using the metric system – […]

An RFI can Satisfy Notice Requirement, said the Feds

Executive Summary Possibly the leading cause of contractor claim denials – lack of proper notice – just got a little bit easier for contractors thanks to the U.S. Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals’ conclusion that a request for information (RFI) can satisfy a notice requirement under F.A.R. (Federal Acquisition […]

Escrowing Bid Documents: What, Where, How, Why, & When?

Executive Summary: Escrowing your bid documents and estimate calculations allow the contractor and owner to review all documents relied upon and created by the contractor as of bid day. If this method of price evaluation is accepted by the owner, it can be an invaluable asset during a project dispute. What […]

A Cheap Lawyer

Download PDF Executive Summary: Construction projects are becoming more and more litigious. The cost of outside counsel is practically its own line item in a contractor’s estimate these days. Hiring a junior attorney today for pennies may later save you dollars. The problem. I was listening in on a webinar […]

Letters – Keep them Simple & Discrete

Download PDF   Executive Summary: Written communication is a skill every good project manager must have. Knowing how to write a letter is critical during the project, and afterward in the case of a claim. Basic pointers for writing good construction letters are presented here. You can listen to my […]

Temperature Effects on Productivity

Download PDF Executive Summary: Effects of weather on labor productivity can be difficult to quantify. Consider efficiency factors generated by the National Electrical Contractor’s Association and presented by Adrian & Adrian in Total Productivity and Quality Management for Construction. This is also discussed in many other publications. Why and when […]

Unbalancing a Bid and Cash Flow

Executive Summary Cash flow is vital to a contractor’s survival.  Taking advantage of setting unit prices in a bid, and also knowing cash strangle points is imperative for business owners and project managers. Here’s a Video The first ten minutes of this video (presented by this article’s author) is a […]

Users of Your Financials: What They’re Looking At

Download PPT Download PDF Executive Summary: Some parties may require their own review of your financial reports before doing business with you. The two documents of interest to these parties are the income statement and the balance sheet. The major items they’re looking at are briefly discussed here and a […]

Divisional Separation: Pure Crap

Executive Summary: Companies lose money and affect reputation by divisive behavior between divisions. Work to make this better by improving morale, efficiency, and the bottom line. How it goes. You’re a member of a successful construction company. You work in the heavy/civil division building treatment plants. The boys and girls […]

Why Hire a Management Consultant?

  Executive Summary: Consultants sometimes carry a bad rap for what they do. They’re expensive and actual or perceived value is not recognized in their effort. Consider what they do bring to the table that your firm cannot. What does a management consultant do? At the heart of their duties, […]

I See Claims…

Download PDF Executive Summary: Construction is a litigious business. Often times the signs were right in front of you from day one. Pay attention and look for the behaviors of the parties that often indicate inevitable dispute and possibly a claim at the end of the job. See 20/20 today. […]

Proposal Terms and Conditions

  Listen Read PDF Executive Summary: Submitting a clear and concise proposal is an important step in getting the project off on the right foot. An ambiguous proposal welcomes dispute. Be complete in the listing of terms and conditions in your proposals. What are terms and conditions? Terms and conditions […]

Engineers and Architects Gotta Step It Up

Executive Summary: Contractors for as long as I can remember have been taking on risk that is not theirs to take. Engineers, and architects, can do a much better job of protecting projects by improving design and management of the construction process.   What is the definition and purpose of […]

The Difference Between a Good and Great Estimator

Executive Summary Estimators are difficult to find, but one way to determine whether you have a good or great estimator on your staff, or in the interviewee chair, is whether or not they talk productivity rates or unit prices. What is construction estimating? A construction estimator has many skills – […]

Top 3 Reasons to Leave Spreadsheets

Executive Summary:  The electronic spreadsheet is arguably the most common tool used in the industry for everything from construction documentation to estimating to human resources.  Here are the top three reasons not to use them in some instances. What you’re using them for currently.  You probably left a spreadsheet to […]

Dead is the Handshake

Executive Summary The “Steel Team” composed of fabricator and erector joined together to sue the owner and general contractor for failure to pay on changes. The “right” parties appeared to win, but they paid dearly. The Project and Players The project was the Ascent at Roebling’s Bridge – a 21-floor, […]

Why is the Accounting Department Telling Me How to Estimate?

Executive Summary: Estimators know the construction work while the accountants know the financials. These two parties must work in harmony to benefit the company and their own livelihoods. This article recognizes the needs of both parties. The dilemma and end goal. Most firms beyond the “Mom and Pop” stage, have […]

Top 5 Uh-Oh Signs of a Client

Executive Summary: If you do not have a relationship with a client, or you are moving to a different management team within a familiar client, there can be some telltale warning signs. Listen to your client for some of the items listed below and beware. #5 The taped meeting. I […]

Top 5 Countdown: Things to Look for in Vendor Quotes

Executive Summary Each quote on bid day, whether from a subcontractor or a supplier, needs to be thoroughly reviewed before incorporating into the bid. Here’s a Top 5 countdown! #5 Math Errors Often times subs or suppliers will quote a certain quantity of an item and then a unit price. […]

In Choosing a Software – Best Advice is to Talk to a Friend

Executive Summary: There exists construction software to do nearly all functions in your construction company. Your best source of software advice: your friends in the industry. I’m drowning in choices. There exists software to “help” your construction company in many functions: Estimating Takeoff – two and three dimensional Accounting Job […]

Changes in the 2017 AIA A201/A101/A401 Documents

Executive Summary: Probably the most common construction contract documents in use in America are the AIA (American Institute of Architects) documents. The A101/A201 for Owner-General Contractor and the A401 for General Contractor-Subcontractor were both reissued in 2017. See some of the substantive changes here. What are the changes? I recently […]

An Alternative to Eichleay: HOOP!

Executive Summary Contractors delayed by the owner often want to be reimbursed ‘x’ dollars per ‘y’ days for the cost of home office overhead. Most contractors are used to using the Eichleay Formula to recoup this cost. There’s a new formula available from a case in Ohio: the HOOP Formula. […]

Getting Paid: Some Suggestions

Executive Summary The law* provides the rules of getting paid in construction. Sometimes contractors must use the law, other times there are other easier (less expensive and quicker) ways of getting paid. *I’m not a lawyer, so please make sure to consult with your attorney on any of your legal […]

Bidding a Civil Construction Project: Part II

Letting, or bidding out, a civil construction project can be a challenge for an Owner. Questions inexperienced owners may have involved choosing an engineer, what sort of contract to use, how to collect bids from contractors, and finally how to manage the construction of the contract. In this two-part series, in Part […]

Bidding out a Civil Construction Project: Part I

Letting, or bidding out, a civil construction project can be a challenge for an Owner. Questions inexperienced owners may have involved choosing an engineer, what sort of contract to use, how to collect bids from contractors, and finally how to manage the construction of the contract. In this two-part series, in Part […]

The Importance of Construction Cost Estimating for Civil Engineers

In episode 066 of The Civil Engineering Podcast, Anthony Fasano talks with Scott Jennings, P.E. principal of SJ Construction Consulting, LLC about the importance of cost estimating for civil engineers. Here are some of the questions asked of Scott: Can you walk us through the process of putting together a construction […]

Fraud: Stop Thinking it won’t Happen to You

Executive Summary Fraud is a real risk to businesses and most do not realize they’ve become a victim until it’s too late. There are simple controls to put in place to help prevent it, or perhaps bring it to your attention. Learn preventative measures and examples of embezzlement techniques. “No, […]

Owners Need to Stop Expecting Filet Mignon on a Hamburger Budget

Executive Summary: An August 19th, 2017 cover page headline in The Economist magazine reads Construction: the least efficient industry. Their general position on our industry’s efficiency I didn’t think was far off, but the blame was misplaced. Owners need to help turn this industry. For their own sake, not just […]

Make Claim Preparedness the Standard, not the Exception

Executive Summary: More and more construction jobs year after year go to litigation – or at least go “legal” as I say, by requiring the services of a lawyer. Don’t make preparing for a claim a monstrous duty towards the end of the job, prepare as you go with good […]

Cut Out the Office Cancer for Better Office Health

Executive Summary A lot of offices have that one person or that one small clique that creates a negative atmosphere in the office. You and your office will be better off with this cancer removed. Cut it out. Bad Attitude This person or persons I’m referring to may exist in […]

Invoice Your Clients Clearly and by the Rules to get Paid Quickly

Executive Summary Invoices get paid untimely for numerous reasons. The reason for slow payment should never be because of you – the party billing. Keep billing simple and in accordance with the payer’s guidelines to get paid quicker. What is an invoice? An invoice is a document generated by you […]

What’s a Banking Covenant?

Executive Summary: What are banking covenants? Banking covenants are conditions put upon a borrower by the bank. Although they can be general in nature, they often are quantitative. Some typical covenants are listed here. What sort of loan? In the construction industry, there’s all sorts of loans: line of credit, […]

Small Tools Tracking Software – Get It!

Executive Summary Estimates vary on the financial loss suffered by contractors due to lost or stolen tools. Pick any number you want, it’s certainly worth a discussion at any value. The direct cost loss is most obvious, but consider also the inefficiencies suffered by crews not having the tools they […]

Including the Portion of Corporate Overhead in a Bid

Executive Summary:  Determining how to account for the portion of corporate overhead to be included in a bid is a calculation that every company makes a bit differently.  Learn the definition of corporate overhead and how it is included in a bid. What is corporate overhead? Corporate overhead is the cost […]

Choosing a Professional Services Provider

Executive Summary: There are many factors in determining who should provide your firm professional services. Read on to find that it’s more than just their technical ability. General: As a contractor, you need the following professional services on a regular basis: Legal Banking Accounting Insurance Engineering Some construction companies may […]

Balance Sheet – Knowing the Basics of Assets

Executive Summary: Knowing the basics of accounting is essential in business. Knowing the balance sheet will help you assess your own financial health as well as that of your clients or subcontractors. Here are some basics on the balance sheet and, specifically, the assets section. Just the basics. I entered as […]

Estimate Handoff – Estimators to Field Team

Executive Summary It’s great that your estimators just landed a new project, but your competitive advantage can be lost without a synchronized handoff to the field team. Make sure to have a formal meeting between the estimating and project management teams before the project starts. Estimator knows best. There is […]

Bid Unbalancing – How It’s Done To Increase Profit

Executive Summary Contractors unbalance unit prices in their bids to take advantage of anticipated quantity overruns and underruns. An intelligent unbalancing of the unit prices can result in higher profits. Of course, that’s the contractors’ goal. Review the example provided to see how it’s done. The Bid Proposal Let’s look […]

Award Reversed Because of No Expert Testimony

Executive Summary:  A Washington concrete contractor, Salinas Construction, Inc. (SCI), was awarded $404,000 of its requested $425,000 for a job at U.S. Army Joint Base Lewis-McChord only to see this decision reversed in district court.  The problem was that SCI did not offer expert testimony, despite warnings that it was […]

Owner Involvement, Careful What You Wish For

Executive Summary:  Owner involvement in the way of project management and furnishing material is done for one primary reason:  to save money for the owner.  It doesn’t always happen.  The owner’s decisions in these regards can cost the contractor money.  Or the taxpayer. The owner as a project manager.  I […]

Consistency Results in Predictability

Executive Summary:  Sustaining a business, and more so growing a business, relies heavily on consistency in business practices.  Start today with improving your company’s practices so that profitability can be maintained and even improved.  Better yet, let your consistent practices help you better predict the future. What is inconsistency?  In […]

Killer Clauses: No Damages for Delay

Executive Summary:  A presentation on March 8, 2017at the 98th Annual AGC Convention reviewed ten (10) “killer clauses” in contracts.  The “No Damages for Delay Clause” was #4; it is discussed, and proposed language to neutralize the clause is presented. What’s at stake.  A presentation prepared by Brian Perlberg (Senior […]

Best Way to Save Money is to Not Spend It

Executive Summary: When in a changed condition situation, the best way to minimize loss or to survive, depending on the case, is not to spend less, it’s to not spend at all. Take advantage of situations where you can spend zero. We’re going down. We’ve all been in a situation […]

Profit Fade – Avoiding It

Executive Summary: Reduce profit fade at the end of your projects by adjusting building habits and getting the right people in place to finish your jobs strong. Several suggestions from years of experience are provided here. What is profit fade? So often a good job goes bad, but just at […]

The Engineer Was Negligent

As published in Civil Engineering, February 2017  Click for PDF The Law in the June 2016 issue ( “Engineer Found Negligent for Not Verifying Product Data,” page 92) discussed a legal case in which a contractor installed an en­gineer-specified rain tank that later failed, causing financial damage to the project owner. […]

Why track extra costs… and how?

Executive Summary: Whether you use a functional cost coding system to track the cost of your original scope or not, it is imperative that you accurately account for costs outside of your base scope. Learn why, and how, to account for these extra costs outside of your original scope. Why […]

Notice – When in doubt, write it out!

Executive Summary: Looking at a recent case in the state of Washington, a contractor attempted to be compensated for additional cost resulting from the project engineer’s direction to perform work different from the contractor’s desired sequence. The Court ruled against the contractor because of his failure to provide notification in […]

Grammar for Professionals… and the Rest of Us

A friend recently sent me this link to a grammar website, Grammarly.  Grammarly gives you tips, tricks, and some plugins to help keep your grammar in check. Honestly, I don’t know if it’s any better than the next, but I do know one thing. I know that the majority of engineers […]

Incentive Clauses: Do they Work?

Executive Summary: Engineers have wondered if incentive clauses are a benefit to Owners in producing a timely, or accelerated, contract completion. My experience has been that it is of great benefit to the Owner because of the aggressive nature of project completion by the Contractor. What is an incentive clause? There […]

Safety: Communication, Communication, Communication

Executive Summary: To be successful in heavy/civil construction, it is imperative to have a rudimentary understanding of engineering concepts. However, more often than not the primary reason for a project failure is the human factor versus gross misunderstanding or misapplication of an engineering principle. One of my personal experiences was in a crane failure, […]

The $5 Casio: Your Best Tool

Executive Summary: With all of today’s fancy and complex tools available in the marketplace, nothing is more important than simple calculations (and common sense). Rely on simplicity and basic math to check your work. The Message: I travel the country frequently helping contractors. I help clients one-on-one in dirty old […]

Choosing a Professional Services Provider

Executive Summary:  How do you pick an attorney, a banker, a certified public accountant, an insurance agent, or an engineer? General:  As a contractor, you need the following professional services on a regular basis: Legal Banking Accounting Insurance Engineering Some companies may provide these services in house, but likely you […]

Calculation of Workers’ Compensation (WC), General Liability (GL) & Bond in your Estimates

Executive Summary: Many estimators do not understand how workers’ compensation, general liability, and bond costs are calculated. This article discusses these calculations and how to properly include them in your bid. Workers’ Compensation (WC): Most contractors understand the reason for WC – the reason for WC is to provide wages and medical benefits to […]

ACEC Hawaii November Breakfast Meeting (11/03/2016)

“The Crystal Ball of Construction Bid Estimating”  Joseph Uno, LEED AP BD+C, President at J.Uno & Associates, Jim Bauckham, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Estimator with Nordic PCL, & Scott Jennings, P.E., President of SJ Construction Consulting gave a great presentation and panel leading the discussion topic: What A/E Consultants and Project Owners Should Know […]

No good deed goes unpunished

Proverb #1: No good deed goes unpunished. I’ve got a couple of these proverbs up my sleeve when it comes to construction. This one I normally share with the newbies to the biz, but I find that those that have been around awhile benefit from it too. Where’s this applicable? I usually […]

Wages and Hours of Employees on Public Works

Wages and Hours of Employees on Public Works Chapter 104, HRS Presented by: Pamela Martin, DLIR, Wages Division, September 27, 2016 Click here to read the full PDF article. Executive Summary: We present the highlights of a presentation by the State of Hawaii’s Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR), Wage […]

The Pipeline Newsletter & Podcast

SJ Construction Consulting, LLC offers training in the following areas: T R A I N I N G Estimating Basic Civil Construction Estimating HCSS HeavyBid 101:  Beginner HCSS HeavyBid 201:  Advanced Operations Change Management:  Documenting a Change Engineering 101:  Civil Engineering Basics for Field Personnel Please email us if you […]

Opinion: Engineer Found Negligent for Not Verifying Product Data

Engineer Found Negligent for Not Verifying Product Data Civil Engineering magazine, page 92, June 2016 Executive Summary: Scott Jennings, P.E., M. ASCE, responds to an article published in ASCE’s signature publication, Civil Engineering magazine. Kudos to the project owner for holding the engineer of record responsible for the engineering of […]

Business Information

Office Contacts Honolulu:  Scott Jennings, (808) 271-5150, sj@sjcivil.comSeattle:  Rob Bonnett, rb@sjcivil.comBoise:  Patrick Mullen, pm@sjcivil.comAtlanta:  Monique Kelsey, mk@sjcivil.com SJCC employs individuals with the following credentials: Professional Engineering Certifications State of Hawaii, Professional Engineer (Civil) State of California, Professional Engineer (Civil)State of Washington, Professional Engineer (Civil) State of North Carolina, Professional Engineer (Civil) State of South Carolina, Professional Engineer […]

About Mr. Jennings

As the principal of SJ Construction Consulting, LLC, Scott Jennings has spent over twenty-five (25) years working in the heavy/civil construction industry.  His foundation for construction knowledge and hard work started laboring for his family’s construction business, and then continued with both a bachelors and masters degree in civil engineering. […]

Clients – Covering North America and the Pacific

SJCC has had the pleasure of doing business with the following: A-C | D-G | H-K | M-O | P-R | S-T | U-Z A-C A&K Landscape Services, LLC, Kailua, HIACI Northwest, Coeur d’Alene, IDAdvantage Demolition, Ontario, CAAhtna Environmental, Inc., Anchorage, AKAll Phase Construction, Citrus Heights, CAAlpha Hawaii, Inc., Kahului, […]

Litigation Support

The construction industry is litigious. Many disputes cannot be settled at the job level, and many of them result in being settled in a legal arena of some sort. Whether it is mediation, arbitration, or in a courtroom, SJ Construction Consulting, LLC has the legal experience and the needed written and […]

Construction Management

Construction Management With over twenty-five (25) years of progressive experience from field engineer to Division Manager, Mr. Jennings is well qualified to assist in every aspect of project management. His knowledge base can become one of the biggest off-the-balance sheet assets to a contractor, owner, or construction management firm. After the […]

Preconstruction Services

There are many parties associated with any construction project. Major parties include the contractor, the owner, the architect/engineer, the insurance carrier, and the surety. For a truly successful project, each of these parties must be successful. SJ Construction Consulting, LLC (SJCC) provides assistance to each of these parties from conceptual […]

Claim Preparation & Support

CONSTRUCTION CLAIMS SJ Construction Consulting, LLC (SJCC) represents both owners and contractors. We have been involved in many claims concerning matters of scope creep, design errors/omissions, extended performance, corporate office overhead, and production inefficiencies caused by overtime, acceleration, and cumulative impact. We assist in any way possible in the dispute resolution […]

SJCC Toolbox Terms & Glossary

Listen to our podcast for new terms and check out our glossary below. Click on a term to find articles that reference that term. Glossary of Terms A Aggregate – Coarse material such as sand, gravel, or other crushed rock. Often used as a substrate or base course. Artics – […]

Previous Episodes & Issue Archive

Previous Episodes Subscribe and listen to the Pipeline Podcast and check out back issues of the Pipeline Newsletter below. Click here for more past episodes. Issue Archive Click here for individual articles. 2021 Week 37: Another Contractor Claims Tool: ASCE 71-21 Identifying, Quantifying, And Proving Loss Of Productivity Week 32: […]