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Potential Impacts of COVID-19 on Construction Performance, Labor Productivity and Project Schedules

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Potential Impacts of COVID-19 on Construction Performance, Labor Productivity and Project Schedules

Partial Shutdowns • Social Distancing • Employee Absenteeism • Employee Turnover • Personal Protection Equipment and Safety Measures • And more...

Professor William Ibbs, PhD, and
Paul Stynchcomb, CCM, PSP, CFCC, The Ibbs Consulting Group
Douglas Patin, Bradley Arant Bolt Cummings LLP

The presence of COVID-19 is having an impact on the construction industry.  Some projects are suspended while other projects continue under new controls that are intended to impede the spread of the virus.  For projects that are suspended or slowed, there is the potential that idled workers will not return to their projects.  For projects that are deemed essential and are continuing, there may be issues with crew continuity, material and equipment supply chains, and construction means-and-methods.  The results are possible critical path delay, loss of labor productivity and financial damages.

This recorded program touches on these issues, and include discussions of the latest COVID-19 advisories issued by the US Government that may require action on the part of construction managers and contractors in order to preserve rights and obtain relief as to project schedules.  In most cases, contract terms and conditions will continue to be enforced, and as such, contractors need to be aware of notice deadlines, the content of notices and ways to measure schedule and labor productivity impacts.

Listen in on this exclusive recorded webinar with recognized scheduling and labor productivity experts Dr. Ibbs and Paul Stynchcomb along with expert construction attorney Doug Patin as they provide valuable insights into risks, possible means of recoveries, and best practices for delay and labor productivity impacts.

This exclusive recorded webinar will review the various productivity impacts that have emerged as a result of the Coronavirus, examine methodologies that might apply in the measurement and quantification of these impacts, and, most importantly, answer questions you have about your specific project situations, including…

  • Identification of the various categories of lost productivity identified as unique to the coronavirus
    • Social distancing
    • Effect of wearing personal protective equipment (PPE)
    • Safety measures - employee health checks at start and stop of shifts
    • Special precautions for handling materials
    • Impact on learning curves due to shutdowns, mobilization/demobilization, mothballng/restoring equipment and supplies
    • Impact due to delayed inspections/non-inspections, permitting, utility company and other third-party participants
    • Smaller crews due to sick or symptomatic employees
    • Disruption due to sick or symptomatic supervision and key employees
    • Decreased employee morale (this is an MCAA factor)
    • Loss of experienced personnel due to shutdown-induced layoffs
  • Review of productivity measurement techniques most often used to quantify lost productivity
  • Which techniques might apply to the various categories
  • Application of the forthcoming ASCE Lost Productivity Standards
  • Are any of the MCAA factors applicable?
  • How about the need for new factors; will they be applicable and/or acceptable?
  • What records do I need to keep?
  • What are best strategies to deal with contracts currently or soon-to-be bid, negotiated, awarded or awaiting notice to proceed?
  • And much, much more!

Attend this exclusive event to be prepared for what's ahead and ask your own questions directly to the experts.


Dr. William C. Ibbs is a recognized professor ais a recognized professor and expert on the subject of construction and construction claims, particularly cumulative impact of changes, schedule delay and disruption, and loss of labor productivity. He and the associates of his firm have also worked and testified on other construction-related issues, such as professional standard of care, personal injury, false claims and loss of business value disputes. He has consulted on projects with a total constructed value of $30 billion all over the world, with clients such as Bechtel, Chevron, Obayashi, the US Navy and various public agencies.

Paul Stynchcomb recently retired as Senior Managing Director in the Forensic and Litigation Consulting practice of FTI. He has served the construction industry since 1984 as an expert in CPM scheduling, construction management, contract administration, and labor productivity. Prior to 1984, Mr. Stynchcomb held construction management positions in several major U.S. construction firms. Mr. Stynchcomb has been qualified as an expert in CPM scheduling, construction management and subcontract administration.

Douglas L. Patin, Partner, Bradley Arant Bolt Cummings LLP, has an extensive government contracts practice. While this work has involved the entire spectrum of traditional government contract disputes, he has developed extensive experience in various aspects of government contract law including: federal fraud and False Claims Act issues, bid protests, mediation, and contract dispute litigation with the federal government.

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Now, more than ever, you need to be in command of construction claims and change orders, increase your recovery for delays and impacts and improve your project outcomes. Get prepared for the increasing claims that are inevitable as a result of COVID-19.

In addition, an extended 15-30 minute period has been reserved at the end of the presentation for an interactive question-and-answer session so you get answers to your specific questions and be prepared for the impact of Coronavirus on your projects.

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