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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 JAGC.


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 SAME.


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.


(804) 237-1765



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!

Joseph A. Oglesby III, PE, Esq.

Senior Associate

Risk Manager 

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