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GBE CPD Seminar Specification and Liability

GBE CPD Seminar Specification and Liability
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Scope: List of Sub-topics (slides)
Specification and Liability

It introduces many aspects of specification in the context of Liability and where and with whom does its responsibility lay and how that changes with different procurement methods and development controls scenarios.

Specification in a context of liability

  • What is a Specification?
  • Employer’s Requirements
  • What else?
  • Whose responsibility?
  • Who else might write it?
  • At what stage?
  • Quality & QA
  • Quality
  • Liability Alerts
  • Design responsibility
  • Output responsibility
  • Fit for purpose
  • Interpretation
  • European Context
  • Construction Products Directive
  • LCA Developments:
  • Interpretation
  • Proper materials
  • BCO’s own LABC scheme
  • Other Sector Schemes
  • Design life UK (EU+INT)
  • In France
  • Prescriptive or performance Specification?
  • Performance Drawings?
  • How do you choose between Performance or Prescription?
  • If we are not competent
  • Performance Specification in Contract
  • Approving or reviewing?
  • Performance Specification
  • Specification Substitution
  • Surreptitious Substitution
  • Ignoring the Specification
  • Or equivalent
  • Equivalency
  • If you specified it once don’t do it twice
  • Or similar or equal or …
  • Or equivalent and approved
  • Cost Cutting v Value Engineering
  • Language
  • Culture of Blame
  • No Redundancy
  • CPI Coordinated Project Information
  • Quality
  • Classification
  • Computer coordination
  • Elemental Specification
  • Other’s specifications
  • Choice of systems

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7th September 2015 – 10th April 2016

GBE CPD Seminar Specification and Liability
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