On a regular basis, we highlight content posted on other blogs that we feel would benefit our readers. This week's blog highlights include:
Government’s Far-Fetched Application of the FAR Denied by the Board of Contract Appeals
In a post at the Best Practices Construction Law blog, attorney Matt DeVries highlights a clarification made in a recent case about the application of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) clauses. In the Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems, Inc. case, the Army claimed Lockheed breached its contract by not complying with FAR 42.202, which provides that the prime contractor is responsible for managing its subcontractors. However, FAR 42.202 was not explicitly incorporated into the contracts; the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) agreed, additionally noting that this responsibility was neither cited in any other part of the contract or other FAR clauses, nor did the government show that Lockheed had an implied duty to manage its subcontractors. Check out Matt’s post here.
PCL Construction Develops and Freely Shares Project Delivery Software
A recent post by Mark Shaw at the ENR website announces the availability of a free Autodesk Revit add-on designed to help create and manage construction documentation. PartsLab, two years in development, is claimed to allow field personnel, including subs, to make changes to the BIM model themselves, without the need to be a sophisticated modeler. Sounds good to us; ConstructionPro Week gives PCL Construction double credit - one for the concept and development efforts, and two for making it freely available. Read Mark’s post here. Visit the PCL website to learn more about the application as well as download the app.
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New Details on Apple Spaceship Campus
Last week ConstructionPro Week posted a construction progress video on the new Apple 2 Campus, otherwise known as the “Spaceship.” An article by Julia Love that appeared this week at the Reuters’ Technology News site provides interesting details on the project, including an apparent attention to design principles that Apple employs on its own product specifications. For example, Apple executives demanded that even hidden portions of the structure and its components be totally clean, including the unseen side of ceiling panels. Located on the site of an old Hewlett-Packard campus, the new site has expanded the capacity for employees while reducing the concrete footprint and replacing it with thousands of additional trees. Read the full post here.
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