AIC Constructor News - July 2013
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AIC Website Update

I am happy to announce that In just a few weeks the AIC will be launching it's new web presence.  I am excited about the new design and functionality that will be included in this update.  The new site will bring tools like a Discussion Forum perfect for members and CPC's to connect online and discuss issues that effect them professionally.  We will also be opening the new AIC Online Store, where you will be able to purchase AIC and CPC branded merchandise.  Each member and CPC will also have a new profile account area.  We will share more information when we get closer, including how you will be able to login to the new site once it is live.  

-Joe Rietman, AIC-CPC, Chair
AIC Online Technology Sub-Committee

Call for Presentations

The AIC Annual Forum has opened the submission process for speakers/presentations for it's 2014 event.  The 2014 Annual Forum is taking place April 16-18 in Greenville, SC.  The Forum is a great opportunity for speakers of all levels to present on topics relevant to the individual constructor.  If you or someone you know is interested in presenting in 2014 please download the Call for Presentations Document.  The deadline for submission is September 30, 2013. 

Completed forms and questions may be submitted to  

University Visits

The AIC and the Constructor Certification Commission invite our University Testing Partners to schedule some time for the AIC Leadership to visit their campus and learn more about their programs.  We greatly value the programs that have supported us and the Associate Constructor Examination and we look forward to continuing our success together.  Part of that success is to learn more about the programs that use the AC examination.  We have already begun making some visits to our partners and look forward to scheduling time for future visits.  If you are interested please contact Joe Sapp at to schedule a time.  

Mr. Ethics

Dear Mr. Ethics,

There seems to be a growing trend in the construction industry whereby project owners are placing all risk on the design professional or contractor. Owners are assuming less and less risk exposure through contract provisions that assign risk away from them.  Additionally, we are being asked to carry higher limits of liability on our insurance policies while also assuming an indemnification obligation that protects the owner from claims even if the owner is the cause of the claim.  Lastly, owners are insisting on being listed as additional named insureds on policies.  This isn’t ethical, is it?

Very truly yours, Ami

Dear Ami,

It is unethical for a party to assign risk exposure that it is in the best position to control.  Construction parties should be assuming that risk exposure that they control through their performance of work, services and/or actions.  Risk that is assigned to party who has no ability to control same is not reasonable or ethical.  All parties to a project should assume the risk exposure that they can control.  That is the way claims are controlled and in some cases prevented.  Owners forget that even though they may slough risk onto another when a claim arises they will be brought into that claim.  Claim filings increase when a party cannot control its risk exposure.

Regards, Mr. Ethics

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Identifying Causes of Cost-Overruns in Public Projects

This article was originally featured in The Professional Constructor - The Journal of the American Institute of Constructors, Volume 37, Number 1. April 2013

By: Michael A. Morton, MS CM, PMP & Khalid M. Siddiqi, Ph.D. 

In the State of Georgia, most vertical construction in the public sector is financed through General Obligation Bonds (GOB). The design and construction of these projects is managed through the Georgia State Financing & Investment Commission (GSFIC). Construction is mainly performed by two contractual methods, design-bid-build (DBB) and construction manager at-risk (CM/GC). The study of time and cost overruns in construction projects realization has great significance (Radujkovic 1999).  Analysis of overruns raises the level of quality of preparation and  control  of  projects,  provides more  realistic  project  goals,  and influences  the  level of coordination  between  project team members.  Therefore, the outcomes of past project investigations are important both for decreasing the chances of overrun occurrence and the level of combined negative consequences (Radujkovic 1996). The change orders that resulted during the performance of institutional projects are the basis of conclusions and recommendations drawn from this study.  

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ConsensusDocs to Host Aug. 20 Webinar on Teaming Agreement 

Before submitting your bid, it is imperative to have the proper team in place, and that you have determined key issues before formalizing the teaming arrangement. In a ConsensusDocs webinar scheduled from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET on Aug. 20, two industry attorneys will use the ConsensusDocs Teaming Agreement to guide you through the critical terms and conditions that should be included in every teaming agreement, as well as issues that should be considered on a team-by-team and project-by-project basis.

The webinar is free for AIC members — thanks to AIC's membership in the ConsensusDocs coalition — and to ConsensusDocs subscribers by using the webinar discount code, “TEAMFREE”. The webinar is $49 for nonmembers and non-subscribers. Register at

AIC members can use the promotional code AIC100 to receive a special member discount off ConsensusDocs subscriptions. Learn more and order online at
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