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
A premortem is a project management strategy in which a project team imagines that a project has failed, and then works backward to determine what potentially could lead to that failure. The technique breaks group-think by facilitating a positive discussion on threats, increasing the likelihood that the main threats are identified. It is unlike a
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.