What Trumps What (CDS)

If any discrepancy exists…

1. Specifications trumps working drawings.

Updated: Apparently that is NOT true! Specifications and working drawings are complimentary to each other. If contractor notices discrepancy between the two, the first thing to do is to bring it to the architect’s attention. (source: ballast Q&A)

2. Working drawings trumps shop drawings.

3. Written word (e.g. four hundred and ten) trumps numerical figures (e.g. 410) in bid forms.

4. Owner/ Contractor Agreement trumps General Conditions.

Davis-Bacon Act (CDS)

The Davis–Bacon Act of 1931 is a United States federal law that establishes the requirement for paying the local prevailing wages on public works projects for laborers and mechanics. It applies to “contractors and subcontractors performing on federally funded or assisted contracts in excess of $2,000 for the construction, alteration, or repair (including painting and decorating) of public buildings or public works”.

Read more here.

 

Study Mondays

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In general I study alone, I mean, it’s very hard to study “together” because everybody’s schedule and study modes are so different.

That said, I made plans to study with my friend Xiaopeng every Monday. It’s good to feel that you have some mutual support, and it keeps us going.  We usually just go to Starbucks, find a table and do our own thing. I made it through the “bidding process” chapter, I’ll all it a day!

 

List of Documents & the Project Manual (CDS)

List of Documents & the Project Manual

[CONTRACT DOCUMENTS]
Everything on the list

[BIDDING DOCUMENT]
Everything EXCEPT Contract Modifications

[PROJECT MANUAL]
Bidding Requirements
Contract Forms
Contract Conditions
Specifications

[CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS]
Drawings
Specifications

More info: AHPP on google books

By the way, if you want to write some study notes on a wall in the apartment like I did, you can buy the chalkboard paint from Benjamin Moore. They can make it ANY color. It’s kinda fun! They sell their standard colors online too.

Difference between Insurance & Bond (CDS)

Both insurance and bond are important concepts in the CDS exam.

There are actually 5 major difference between these two, as explained in this website:

http://www.yutzmerkle.com/2012/05/04/5-key-differences-between-insurance-and-surety-bonds/

For me difference no. 3 is easiest to comprehend- insurance is protection against damages, while bond is a guarantee of fulfillment of obligations.