According to Alex Blanco, Chief Underwriting Officer of XL Insurance’s Design Professional Group: “Leaders at well-managed design and construction firms recognize how critical a thorough understanding of the issues and trends in contracts, claims and practice management is to strengthening their business results.”
The Contract Guide covers more than 100 topics of issue-driven discussions, claims scenarios, problem-solving strategies and contract language solutions. The 500-pages-plus Contract Guide is the result of more than two-and-a-half years’ research and writing, and represents almost 4,000 hours of work by more than 25 design professionals, insurance experts, claims managers and attorneys.
“The contract guide has evolved into more of a practice management guide,” said Mr. Blanco. “Architects and engineers will find a lot of day-to-day management advice on topics ranging from financial management to hiring and training project managers. I believe its contents will be enormously valuable in helping architects and engineers navigate the complex business issues in today’s design professions.”
Several Contract Guide chapters are dedicated to emerging trends such as green design and sustainability, building information modeling (BIM), offshore outsourcing, building commissioning and innovative design technology.
“Design professionals know that staying current in design and construction means more than gaining the knowledge to participate,” said Mr. Blanco. “It requires a firm grasp of the claims environment accompanying these trends.”While the full Contract Guide is provided only to XL Insurance companies’ policyholders, any design professional can read the introductory section of the Contract Guide online. The first nine chapters, or Primer, can be viewed at . The Primer provides a high-level summary of contract concepts such as “Dealing with Risk” and “Negotiating a Contract”.
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