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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cake Batter and Concrete Mix Design: Same Thing!

Executive Summary Knowing how to read a concrete mix design is helpful for the project management team: from project manager to foreman. Here are some basics. What is concrete? Concrete is arguably the most common construction material used on the globe. It is a mixture of cement, aggregate, and water. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Video Conferencing Softwares: a Quick Review

Executive summary. Many video conferencing softwares are in existence. Which one suits you best? Which ones are easiest to use? Here’s one users’ opinion. What do these softwares do? The concept is simple: hold a “face-to-face” meeting with colleagues from anywhere across town or around the world. And it works. […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Unit Conversion

Executive Summary Converting from one unit of measure to another is critical for any position of management in a construction company. Using the internet is one way of doing it but knowing the simple process of fraction multiplication and the value of the number “1” gets it done too. Unit […]

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 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.

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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 […]

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 […]

Being a small construction business owner: tough, tough, tough

So, you want to start a construction business? Install tile, frame houses, lay pipe, move dirt, paint ceilings, wire fixtures, sweat pipe, hang drywall, tie rebar – one of these, right? Well, that’s the easy part. So is making money, right? After all, the economy’s healthy and we’re out of […]

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 […]

Build your Business into a Machine

Download PDF Executive Summary: Without solid processes and controls in place, too many decisions can be left in the hands of employees who approach things in very different ways. The end result is that executive management has no consistency in the data presented to them. Lockdown processes to establish consistency – […]

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 […]

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 […]

The “All Zeroes One” Code Prevents Lost A/P Invoices

Executive Summary: A key component of job cost reporting is accurate posting of accounts payable (A/P). The time between receiving the invoice in the mail and posting it to your job cost reports can be fatal to a job, or a company. The answer is to not let the invoice out of the […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 – […]

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