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Construction Layout - A Foundation for Success (Part 1 of 2)

Jonathan Terry, P.L.S.

Construction Layout Part 1 presents “Foundational Principles for Success.” It conveys knowledge that’s taken decades of experience to learn – information and principles that most who know such things won’t share freely with others. ‘Trade Secrets’ may be too strong a term for what’s conveyed in this course, but much of the information is at least of the flavor of trade secrets. Success at construction layout is not achieved through technical expertise or measuring skills alone. Construction Layout exposes the architect, engineer or surveyor to a culture different from its own – to priorities and viewpoints unique to its genre, to a team experience requiring cooperation, effort and communications quite different from most other interactions within the professional design team.

Part 1 lays the foundations for understanding the ‘world’ of construction layout. For many who serve in design and surveying professions, experiencing the construction environment is like visiting another planet. It’s a planet that has a lot to share with us, a lot to teach us. It’s a fascinating place that functions to the rhythm of a drum beat starkly different from the drone of quiet designers’ cubicles. It’s the last step between conception and reality. On the construction site, dreaming ends, theory meets the real world and anything that doesn’t work gets modified until it does.

When a design reaches the stage of construction, things get real. Construction layout is just plain fun!

But, it’s a dangerous vocation, prone to frightening levels of liability exposures. Construction layout happens on a playing-field where the blame-game is played with high stakes. Many are afraid to perform construction layout services, and they’re right to be cautious. It’s not for the faint-hearted, for timid souls or novices. There’s a lot to know besides cogo calcs and measuring skills.

Topics covered in Parts 1 and 2 of this course include fee negotiation; contract issues and considerations; payment schedules; bidding secrets; liability exposure – real and imagined; record keeping, documentation, work orders, proposal writing, personal relationships, business relationships, team functions, safety, ethics, establishment and preservation of control points, layout techniques, documentation, pitfalls to avoid, checking and redundancy, equipment selection, care and adjustment, and more. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

The content of this course is the same as the first part of L120. If you have taken L120, you may not want to take this course.

* If you are a registered professional land surveyor in Florida, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Texas or Vermont, you need to take the approved courses for that specific state under the course category "Surveying & Mapping".

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