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DBIA's courses are approved for AIA continuing education credit. Credits earned at DBIA courses, conferences and DBIA Regional programs qualify for elective or continuing education credit needed for the DBIA™ or Assoc. DBIA™ credential. Engineers and contractors are responsible for applying for their own PDHs and PE credits. DBIA cannot guarantee that all boards will accept all DBIA credits, please check with your licensing board for more information.

 Bridging Documents: Benefits, Risks and Effects on Liability

Course Presenter: Tom Porter, JD, DBIA
Course Length: 5 Modules; 1 Hour
Course Credit Hours: 1 Hour
Course Overview:
Bridging refers to a variant of design-build in which the owner furnishes extensive preliminary design, including substantial prescriptive specifications. This course describes the best practices that the owner and the design-builder can use to promote successful outcomes for those projects in which bridging is incorporated.
At the end of this course participants will be able to:
  • Know how bridging differs from design-build relying on performance criteria;
  • Identify potential benefits and disadvantages from use of bridging documents;
  • Appreciate how bridging affects the liability of project participants; and
  • Understand best practices associated with use of bridging.

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 Certification Exam Prep Course


Total Course Length: 8 Modules; 4 Hours

Download List:

  • Bio of facilitator and presenter: Craig Unger;
  • Presentation slides for each module in PDF Notes Page format;
  • Position Statements on:
    • Best Value Selection
    • Integrated Project Delivery
    • Organization of the Design-Build Entity
    • Role of Qualifications in Selection of a Design-Builder
    • Use of Stipends

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 Conducting the Procurement Process for Design-Build and CMAR Water/Wastewater Infrastructure Projects


Course Credit Hours: 1 Hour

Conducting the Design-Build and CMAR Procurement Process for Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Projects outlines the major steps in which a successful procurement process for design-build and CMAR projects for the water and wastewater infrastructure should occur. The contents of this video and materials are intended to provide knowledge and information about:

  • A decision-making process on a project delivery method for water or wastewater infrastructure projects addressing the steps owners take in planning for a design-build and CMAR project, including critical factors for success;
  • Conduct a successful procurement process for a design-build (DB) or construction management-at-risk (CMAR) project;
  • Developing an RFQ and RFP for a DB/CMAR project;
  • Employing effective, commonly-used evaluation criteria for your project; and
  • Conducting and participating in the scoring and selection process for a design-build firm.

 Design Build and Sustainability


Written by: Suzanne Sowinski, President and Director of Sustainable Design, Sowinski Sullivan Architects, PC (SSA)
Course Length: 3 Modules; 2 Hours
Course Credit Hours: 2 Hours

Course Overview:

This course assumes that the student has a basic knowledge of the various project delivery methods and preferably has taken the Fundamentals of Project Delivery course offered by DBIA.
At the end of this course the attendee will:
  • Know the history of sustainability and effects on the environment;
  • See the relationship between sustainable design and design build;
  • Review current standards, codes, mandates and incentives for green design;
  • See how important BIM is as a tool to integrate design;
  • Have reviewed a few design techniques to help reduce carbon emission;
  • Be able to see how a whole building mindset is important when using life cycle costing analysis and value engineering early in the design process;
  • Know how to put the right team together to avoid contractual risk; and
  • See how a completed design build project was successful in collaboration and achieving sustainable goals to receive a LEED certification.

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 Fundamentals of Project Delivery


Course Presenters: Bill Godwin, Rex Huffman and Craig Unger
Course Length: 8 Modules; 2.5 Hours
Course Credit Hours: 3 Hours

Course Overview:

This course provides a general overview of the attributes of all the major project delivery systems, procurement methodologies and contracting approaches. It sets the stage for DBIA’s other three core courses.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Explain the history and evolution of the project delivery system and define project delivery system terms;
  • Define procurement, describe various procurement methods and understand how to choose the procurement method best suited for a given project;
  • Describe the framework for project delivery, including major owner decisions and business goals;
  • Communicate the process for selecting an appropriate project delivery system; and
  • Describe the four common types of contract structures and explain how to select an appropriate payment method.

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 High Performance Incentive Contracting


Course Presenters: Diana R. Hoag and Matthew B. Ellis
Course Length: 5 Modules; 3.25 Hours
Course Credit Hours: 4 Hours

Course Overview:

Design-build project delivery proves more than any other method that “ordinary people can do extraordinary things.” Writing contracts that are successful at effectively motivating people, however, is central to making this happen. Successful motivation requires a well-written contract that provides appropriate awards and incentives. In traditional design-bid-build, contracts often contemplate only failure, with provisions and clauses that address what the adverse consequences will be once failure occurs. This presumption of failure results in contracts that do not contemplate how the contracting parties might appropriately reward one another for success and excellent performance. The most powerful design-build contracts, on the other hand, are written to include things such as award fees and incentives to promote cooperation, teamwork and collaboration. Combined with the effective use of performance requirements, these “aspirational contracts” help the contracting parties to achieve extraordinary success.
At the end of this course attendees will be able to:
  • Describe the basic structure of a design-build contract;
  • Define and delineate between award fees and incentives;
  • Describe the mechanics of incentive and award fee arrangements; and
  • Identify various clauses and checklists used in incentive contracting. 

 Managing Risk and Liability for Alternative Delivery Water/Wastewater Infrastructure Project


Course Credit Hours: 1 Hour

Managing Risk and Liability discusses the risk allocation and liability in design-build and CMAR water infrastructure projects and offers practical suggestions for applying, where appropriate, key principles of allocating risks to the party best able to control or finance them.

It defines:

  • Risk issues for owners and design-builders or those involved in CMAR water infrastructure projects;
  • What undesirable events may occur;
  • How likely is it that they will occur;
  • If they do occur, how severe will the adverse impact be;
  • How should the risks be managed and/or mitigated; and
  • What party is best able to mitigate or absorb each risk.

 Planning for Success: Acquisition Strategy Development for Design-Build

Course Length: 1 hour
Course Creator: Diana R. Hoag, DBIA, Xcelsi Group, LLC
Course Credit Hours: 1 Hour
Course Objectives:
By the end of this on-line course you will:
  • Understand the importance of acquisition planning for each design-build project;
  • Be familiar with acquisition strategy choices available to owners;
  • Know the elements of DBIA’s best value selection (BVS) acquisition model; and
  • Understand the synergy resulting from a well-formed BVS acquisition strategy.

 Project Delivery Methods for Water and Wastewater Infrastructure, Design-Build and Construction Management at Risk


Course Presenter: Charles "Chuck" Williams

Course Credit Hours: 1 Hour

Understanding Design-Build and CMAR Project Delivery Methods provides the fundamental framework associated with alternative project delivery methods for the water and wastewater infrastructure. It is intended to provide knowledge and information about:

  • The potential benefits and advantages, as well as the challenges and disadvantages of each delivery method;
  • Owner planning issues and criteria for use in selecting and implementing alternative project delivery methods; and
  • Critical factors for success in using Design-Build and Construction Management-at-Risk.

 Super-Charged Source Selection


Course Presenter: Diana R. Hoag
Course Length: 4 Modules; 3.5 Hours
Course Credit Hours: 4 Hours

Course Overview:
An effective source selection is one of the key elements of successful design-build projects delivery. In a competitive process where cost is not the sole criterion – such as best-value source selection – the selection process varies dramatically from traditional design-bid-build practices. Unfortunately there is little training which teaches techniques and skills essential to making that process achieve its potential for success. This course will serve as a primer, providing an overview of the two-phase design-build source selection process – the initial down select to identify the most highly qualified firms, as well as the final down select to choose the ultimate winner. At the end of the session attendees will be able to: Describe the key elements involved in qualifying a firm during phase one source selection; describe the steps involved in a two-phase selection and the key actions necessary to ensure success; identify the typical components of a “request for qualifications” documents; select key members needed for an effective evaluation team; determine appropriate evaluation factors and processes for the project; assess the appropriate number of evaluation factors for a particular project; describe various methods for scoring proposals including numerical, color scoring or adjectival rating.
By the end of this course you will be able to:
  • Describe the design-build model and process, and the role source selection plays in them;
  • Describe the steps involved in a design-build two-phase competitive process, i.e., source selection, and the key actions necessary to ensure success Identify the typical components of a “request for qualifications” document;
  • Describe the key elements involved in qualifying a firm during Phase I source selection;
  • Select key members needed for an effective evaluation team;
  • Determine appropriate Phase II evaluation factors and processes for the project; and
  • Describe various methods for scoring proposals including numerical, color scoring or adjectival rating.

 Integrating Measurable Energy Efficiency Performance Specifications Into Design-Build Acquisition and Delivery

Course Presenters: Paul Torcellini and Shanti Pless
Course Length: 3 Modules; 2.5 hours
Course Credit Hours: 2.5 Hours 
Course Overview:
Through a series of new construction projects at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and ongoing collaborations between NREL and industry, it has been shown that highly energy-efficient buildings can be procured within typical construction budgets. Success stories include NREL’s Research Support Facility (RSF), Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF), and Parking Structure. An energy efficiency goal was the foundation for each project. A goal, though, is not sufficient for success. An acquisition strategy that incentivizes an innovative design and construction team to meet the energy goal in design and operations is also critical. Using a well-planned process, owners can be confident that their projects will have system-integrated, cost-effective efficiency strategies and renewable technologies that perform as predicted.
Specifically, this course investigates why aggressive energy efficiency is a necessary and achievable goal for commercial buildings. It considers goal setting and how the form of an energy goal can influence the result. The course looks at the NREL new construction examples, which used maximum energy use targets and subsystem energy criteria; lessons learned and best practices from these case studies are shared. Lastly, general steps are given to assist owners in designing and facilitating an energy-focused process for their construction projects.
Learning Objectives:
  • Define the most important attributes of an acquisition process that will ensure aggressive energy performance;
  • Understand how to define whole building and subsystem energy goals;
  • Write draft contract language that will help balance cost and energy performance; and
  • Integrate measurable energy use requirements into the design-build delivery process.