Contract Administration

The Trouble with RFIs

In a perfect world, every Request for Information (RFI) from the Builder would come from a true need for information that was missing, unclear, or contradictory in the contract documents and drawings.

In the real world, RFIs are often weaponized.

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Changes to the Contract Price and Time

Almost every construction project will inevitably require a change to the originally agreed upon price and time. From deficiencies in the contract documents and drawings, to unforeseen circumstances on the construction site, to mandates from authorities having jurisdiction – there are plenty of things that can (and will) result in extras or credits to the contract.

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“Sometimes doing your best is not good enough…

…Sometimes you must do what is required.”

― Winston S. Churchill

Our friends over at NXL Architects have been customers for many years, and they are real power users of our software. They’ve recently been working hard on a new standard set of reports, forms, and CCA processes, and as a result, they have been hitting FIVE hard in just about every area. We’ve been discussing ways to improve the software along the way – from better workflows, to new features, bug fixes, to feature enhancements – and the end result is that all users will benefit from the changes we’ve been working on.

Thanks to NXL’s valuable and constructive feedback, we just added one small feature that can make a big difference for the consistency and completeness of your contract admin documentation.

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The Document Web, Untangled

“The SI is connected to the PCO, the PCO’s connected to the CO…” as the old song goes. And while there’s often a single straight line connecting a series of individually issued documents, there are also times where the real-world issues described by your CCA documents touch each other in web of relationships.

For example, an SI might be related to a few RFIs and some other SIs. You may also want to link it to a particular work item on the Contracts tab.

It is now possible to link multiple documents together in FIVE using the new Other References feature!

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The long and winding road…

This year, StatsLog enters its 35th year of uninterrupted use in Canada’s architectural community. Over this time, we have witnessed incredible changes in technology and business practices.

What we started back in 1984 as a relatively modest replacement to “pen and paper” approaches to tracking changes to construction contracts, is now an enterprise-ready, highly customizable solution for the contract administration and documentation needs of construction projects of all shapes and sizes. In fact, over the past few years we’ve seen the usage of our software increase dramatically – from $3.5 billion in active projects in 2016 to $9.2 billion today.

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Alright Stop, Collaborate and Listen!

Collaboration is being pitched as an approach to integrate the diverse, and often divergent demands of a project team into a single vision. It’s a commendable goal, but most of software solutions that claim to help are centralized systems under the control and management of the developer or contractor. At the end of the day though, it is the design professional who is on the hook in terms of liability for the job – meaning it is in the design professional’s best interest to be in control of the project data.

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Change Management – the other side of the coin

We previously explored the outgoing documents of CCDC 24 – those that are initiated by the designer/design team such as Site Instructions, Change Notices, and Change Orders. Now let’s take a closer look at the incoming documents – those that you receive from the contractor, consultants, and/or your client.

Since incoming documents are coming from outside sources, they tend to be less structured. Sometimes they aren’t even documents in the traditional sense at all (phone calls, texts, and email messages). CCDC2 tends to limit all communications about the project to the contractor, while management and other contracts may have communication coming from each discipline separately. Regardless of the contract type or communication source, incoming documents usually come in one of two “flavours”:

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