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

Jonathan Terry, P.L.S.

Welcome to Part 2. In this course, we’ll continue building practical application on the foundational principles presented in Part 1. In this section we take off the fancy clothes we wore to impress those clients we won over through the procedures taught in Part 1. We’ve successfully completed our marketing effort, negotiated a contract, and it’s time to put on our boots, get out there in the mud and dust and show our clients we really can give them what they need and want.

It can’t be overstated: The construction world is different than the culture where design professionals live and breathe, turning out their inspirations. Becoming comfortable and familiar with the unique dynamics and sub-culture of the construction realm is prerequisite to a design professional’s or surveyor’s success through providing construction layout services.

Many who hire out construction layout experience frustration over unresponsiveness and lack of really understanding the needs. Because this is so common, being truly attuned to your client’s needs gives you an edge over your competition. The advantage is huge!

Part 1 set in place a firm foundation. Part 2 constructs on this a habitable, above-ground structure where the visible life takes place. Part 1 offered instruction in how to achieve that fundamental insight. This section teaches how to utilize tools and skills to meet that goal. Also, it relates ways to protect yourself from paying for the faults of others. It advises how to protect yourself from the simple lapses of memory that can cost you big bucks or even those occasional, less noble individuals who might want something for nothing – at your expense.

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 second 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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