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Writing Highway Construction Specifications

OnDemand Webinar (93 minutes)

Write specifications that mean the same thing - not different things - to everyone who reads them. This is harder to do than one might be willing to admit. Ambiguous specifications result in costly bid contingencies and, during a project, additional costs for change orders and claims or paying someone to respond to unnecessary RFIs. Given the ever-tighter budgets we're all working under, you cannot afford a loosely written specification any more.

This OnDemand Webinar will result in lower construction costs on your next project whether you write specifications or use them to manage work.

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to recognize common, costly mistakes in specification language.
  • You will be able to define and write specifications everyone will understand.
  • You will be able to review bid contingencies, change orders and claims.
  • You will be able to describe the five C's in specification writing.


Bryce R. Nahas, Trauner Consulting Services, Inc.
Geoffrey L. Page, PSP, Trauner Consulting Services, Inc.



• Why Do Specifications Need to Be Well Written?

• How Will You Benefit From This Information?

Getting Organized

• Research

• Gather Resources

• Style Guide

• General Provisions/Conditions

The Five Cs

• Concise

- Simplicity in Word Choice, Short Sentences, Short Paragraphs

- Readability Statistics From Microsoft® Word™

- Avoiding Passive Writing

• Clear

- Avoid Ambiguities

- Avoid Unnecessary Jargon

- Avoid Words With Multiple Meanings

• Complete

- Follow a Format - AASHTO, CSI, or Something Else

• Correct

- Technically

- Grammatically

• Consistent

- Language

- Format