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Presenter: Betsy Dulin and 1 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Richmond, VA

Hyatt Place Richmond/Arboretum
201 Arboretum Place
Richmond, VA 23236
Phone: 804-560-1566

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                    8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 am - 12:15 pm

Lunch (On your own):      12:15 - 1:15 pm

Afternoon Session:           1:15 - 4:30 pm

Major Differences Among Contracts
or Alternative Project Delivery Systems
Betsy Dulin

Extent of owner retained risk in traditional design-bid-build
Owner retention of risk in alternative project delivery
Design-build contracts and teaming agreements
Varying forms construction management contracts
Other forms of project delivery systems

Contract Provisions to Transfer or
Minimize Project Risks and Liability

James Watson

Sovereign immunity
Duty to indemnify
Limitation of liability provisions
Peer review provisions
Contract and statute of limitations
The effect of liability insurance

Criteria for Pre-Qualification, Selection, and Awards
James Watson & Betsy Dulin

Pre-qualification for contractors and design professionals 
Getting selected or “short listed”
Negotiations after being “short listed”
Objecting to proposed “terms & conditions”

“Flow-down” and “Pass-Through” Provisions
Affecting Subcontracts
Betsy Dulin & James Watson

Flow-down provisions
Pass-through provisions

Preserving and Pursuing Claims and Disputes
James Watson

Preserving claims while maintaining a good contract relationship
Disputes principally involving technical specifications
Disputes principally related to time for performance
Disputes principally non-technical contract requirements

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     6.5 Continuing Ed. Hours

     6.5 Continuing Ed. Hours
     6.5 AIA Learning Units

     Non-Credit Continuing

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 continuing education hours to professional engineers and architects in Virginia. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Virginia.

This event has been approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES.

This seminar offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors; it has not been approved by any state contractor licensing entity for continuing education purposes.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire program. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Betsy Dulin

38th ED, LLC, Richmond
Ms. Dulin has over 25 years’ experience in the practice of law and engineering. She is a registered professional engineer (civil) and is licensed to practice law in Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio.Ms. Dulin has a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and an M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from WVU and Virginia Tech, respectively, and her law degree is from Washington & Lee University. She has worked throughout her career in the engineering design and construction context as a design professional, project manager, planner, and attorney. Ms. Dulin is experienced in negotiation and drafting of contract documents, including specifications, and she has experience in both civil and criminal litigation. She also has significant experience working with public sector clients on contracting, regulatory, construction, legislative, and public communications matters. Ms. Dulin is a former dean of the College of Information Technology and Engineering at Marshall University and is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Society of American Military Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Construction Specifications Institute. She owns her own small business, where she specializes in planning, project management, technical writing, public engagement, and meeting facilitation. Ms. Dulin is an adjunct faculty member with Virginia Tech, offering graduate courses that cover construction, contracts, environmental issues, and related topics.

James Watson

Coates & Davenport P.C., Richmond
Mr. Watson is a 25-year member of the Construction Law and Public Contracts Section of the Virginia State Bar. His practice is focused on serving clients in the areas of both public and private procurement and construction. In addition to having tried numerous construction cases before federal and state courts, arbitration panels, and federal boards of contract appeals, he is a frequent speaker before professional and construction industry groups. Mr. Watson recently spoke on design-build issues at the 2016 regional conference of SASHTO. His comprehensive knowledge of the construction process is enhanced by being certified for six years as a project management professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute. In addition, Mr. Watson worked for over two years with project managers in construction administration with one of the nation’s largest multi-disciplinary engineering firms. There, on a daily basis he worked with engineers to resolve complex construction issues involving all major engineering disciplines. Although not an engineer, Mr. Watson twice served as chair of the Richmond Joint Engineers’ Council. He has served on the board of directors of the Richmond Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute and was certified by the national CSI as a MasterFormat-2004® instructor.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $269.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.