While MDCSystems® has served Lady Justice for many decades in expert witness and forensics engineering, technology, and construction, we are pleased to announce that MDCSystems® now offers intellectual property forensics and expert witness services. As with many legal matters, MDC® typically works with clients and attorneys in review of a claim or lawsuit to develop
By Robert C. McCue, P.E.& Michael A. Pollock, P.E. Our shared recollections of California wildfires go back to the early 1950’s. Yes, somewhat dating me. Nevertheless, I recently did a quick search for information on this recurring problem and was surprised to find much information on the general topic of California historical fire records and
By Robert C. McCue, P.E., and Michelle N. Delehanty, P.E. Consulting Engineers The current COVID-19 shutdowns of construction projects across multiple industries all over the world are unprecedented. The plans to begin construction work again will be riddled with challenges such as resource confusion, economic uncertainty, and other environmental restrictions. In the construction industry, for
The Coronavirus puts new emphasis on the evolving complexity of risks that must be balanced in the design and construction industries. The most unpredictable facet of construction risk management is the effects of unstable just-in-time supply chains. We are aware that isolated supply chain bottlenecks exist, but this latest disruption may be the next Black
In construction projects there are three main areas of importance to a successful project – scope, schedule, and budget. It is vital to have a clear definition of the scope of work, a defined schedule including milestones, and the cost of performance based on the scope and schedule. These “Big Three” must be in balance at bid submission time, remain in balance when the actual work starts, and continue to be balanced until project completion.
This extreme example allows for an understanding of how Complexity (The Fifth Dimension of Project Management) imposes itself on the project just when it appears that computing power will allow the project team to craft and implement the “perfect” detailed schedule. What about the typical modern project without the added detail?