We have a great event planned for this month! The CSI Richmond Chapter and the Richmond
Chapter of the American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE) have
partnered together to provide a presentation on “Controlling Risk through Information Management: Strategies for
Handling Documents and Communications.”
Our presenters are James R. Watson, Esq. and Betsy Ennis Dulin, Esq.,
P.E. with the Construction Law, Public Contracts and Design Liability Group of
Coates & Davenport, P.C. in Richmond, Virginia. 1.0 AIA Learning Units will be provided.
The presentation will address major
considerations in handling project documentation and communications, and how an
organization’s policies and procedures on information management can impact
risk and dispute resolution. Design
professionals, contractors, and owners often ask, “How long and in what format should we retain documents?” The answer to the question can be different
for different projects and clients, which often creates uncertainty and confusion
in an organization’s document management processes.
The presenters will address various federal and
state statutory, regulatory, and common law principles that should be used when
planning the management and retention of project documents and communications,
both in general and for specific types of projects. These include federal acquisition and
contracting regulations, state statutes of repose, rules related to
e-discovery, and issues relating to storing information, future projects, and
planning. In addition, various types of
project communications - both formal and informal – will be discussed, with an
emphasis on publicly available information and litigation discovery.
James R. Watson, Esq., has over 30 years’
experience assisting owners, design professional, and contractors with all
phases of complex design and construction projects, from document drafting to
dispute resolution and litigation.
During his career, Jim has handled major cases involving the longest
single-span arch bridge in the world (at that time), the construction of a
major research hospital, and a complex construction project on the National
Mall in Washington, D.C. Jim is a member
of CSI, the Construction Law section of the Virginia State Bar, and various
other professional groups. Jim completed
his undergraduate and legal education at West Virginia University and was
formerly a partner with Steptoe & Johnson.
Jim also has worked as a project manager and served in the U.S. Army
Betsy Ennis Dulin, Esq., P.E., is a civil
engineer and attorney with over 25 years’ experience representing clients in
the planning, financing, design, and construction of major public and private
infrastructure and manufacturing projects.
Betsy’s law practice also has included environmental regulation and
compliance, commercial transactions, risk management, professional liability,
toxic tort defense, legislation and public policy development. Betsy is a founding dean of the College of
Information Technology and Engineering at Marshall University and is an adjunct
professor at Virginia Tech. Betsy is a
graduate of West Virginia University and Virginia Tech, with a BS degree in
civil engineering and MS degree in environmental engineering, respectively, and
completed her law degree at Washington & Lee University. Betsy is a member of CSI, NSPE, ASCE, and
In addition to this excellent event, the CSI
Richmond Chapter is hosting its second Lunch and Learn of the year on Friday, November
13. The topic for this month is “Building Your Vision” Presented by Randy
Daniel of The Architectural Precast Association and Seaboard Concrete Products
Co. Networking begins at 11:45 am and
the presentation starts at 12:00 pm.
Lunch is included. Please join
the Richmond Chapter at the James Monroe Building in Downtown Richmond for another
great one of our Lunch and Learn programs.
Also, we want to remind our members and friends
about Architecture Exchange East being held at the Greater Richmond Convention
Center in Downtown Richmond.
Architecture Exchange East (ArchEx) is billed as the mid-Atlantic's
largest annual educational event and expo and features more than 60 educational
sessions, spectacular behind-the-scenes architectural tours, engaging special
events, and cutting-edge vendors. Most
importantly, AIA Virginia would like to invite you to visit the Exhibit Hall at
ArchEx for FREE on the following dates!
Thursday, November 5th from 2 - 4pm
Friday, November 6th from 9am – 2pm
Please register here: http://archex.net/2015-exhibit-hall-attendees/
Please contact Angela Guzy at AIA Virginia for
more information. Angela’s contact
information is as follows.
Lastly, I want to remind everyone of the CSI
Richmond Chapter’s simplified sponsorship and advertising package. One low price of $350.00 provides our sponsors
exposure on the CSI Richmond Chapter website, in the monthly Richmond Report
newsletter, and at all Richmond Chapter events.
Also included in this price is the opportunity for sponsors to provide
project spotlights in the Richmond Report.
This gives our sponsors multiple opportunities to place their brand in
front of our membership, as well as all of our website visitors, and will
include a direct live link to your company’s website. Visit the “Our Sponsors” drop-down tab on the
Richmond Chapter website for a look. We hope that after considering this opportunity,
you will decide to support the CSI Richmond Chapter. Sponsorship makes our events possible.
The CSI Richmond Chapter looks forward to
seeing you at all of our events. Please regularly
check your email and the Richmond Chapter’s “Calendar of Events” for notices and
information about upcoming events. Our
events are open to all. We also welcome
participation from members and will be glad to have your assistance on any
committee! Please feel free to email us
or grab someone from the leadership team at any of our events!
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