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This session will help with identifying the key decisions that need to be made in different circumstances to optimize project delivery.   Key decisions include the amount of involvement desired by the project owner, the speed at which the project must start construction thereby reducing design time, costs associated with consulting, and why it varies, using the new CDAO study "Impacts of Pre-Project & Quality of Documents on Project Delivery Efficiencies".

Each participant will receive a copy of the CDAO study and we will examine and uncover cause and effect of decisions made early in the project.

  • Optimization of standard Consultants agreements including CCDC 15 for Design-Build
  • Design duration versus Labour Productivity - Understanding key drivers in project maturity 
  • Impact of key decision-making during design phase, tendering and project award for downstream productivity optimization during construction

Intended Audience

Project owners, developers, and consultants 


Derek Smith, President/Lead Facilitator - Constructionlab

Offering clients  over 25 years of construction industry experience in Canada,  Derek is a trained design professional having practiced for over 15 years of his career collaborating on over $300 million in built or contemplated ICI and residential projects.  As the CEO of the London & District Construction Association (2007-2012) he acted as employer bargaining agent to General Contractors in a successful strike free round (2010).  In 2009 Derek led the development of Canada's first BIM training lab to be housed in an industry association and at the same time founded the Canada BIM Council (CANBIM).   Derek is also a recognized mediator, in construction disputes and holds membership with ADR Institute of Ontario.   His work has led to developing a firm commitment to balancing interests of project stakeholders, leading to improved on-site and organizational productivity.  In 2020, Constructionlab Ltd. founded the Construction and Design Educators Council of Canada, with a mission of connecting educators, storytellers, mentors and affiliates to professional and workforce development opportunities for the industry from coast to coast to coast.