Master Municipal Construction Documents Association

Video Resources

MMCD Training Courses

Introduction to MMCD

(7m 22s) Brian Weeks


Introduction to MMCD - Part 1: Background, Applicability and Philosophy

(34m 48s) Brian Weeks


Introduction to MMCD - Part 2: The Documents and Their Uses

(28m 57s) Brian Weeks


Introduction to MMCD - Part 3: The Players and Their Roles

(54m 26s) Brian Weeks


Introduction to MMCD - Part 4: Significant Items in the General Conditions

(48m 18s) Brian Weeks


Introduction to MMCD - Part 5: Wrap-up Review

(5m 21s) Brian Weeks


MMCD Educational Webinars

G-Old to Platinum

(38m 55s) David Chan

David's been travelling the province sharing his insight on making the transition from the Gold Edition of the Specifications to our new Platinum Edition. In this introduction David shares a detailed discussion of the differences between the two editions, how to plan for the transition, and provides an introduction to the new Electronic version of the Specifications.


City of Burnaby MMCD Infrastructure Asset Data Exchange Standard

Andrew Walther has provided his latest update on the MMCD/Burnaby development of design, project submission and record templates.

Visit this link for a series of videos regarding the MMCD Infrastructure Asset Data Exchange Standard.


Infrastructure Asset Management Webinars

Asset Management Data Repository Project

(49m 13s) A. Walther, P.Eng

The Master Municipal Construction Documents Association is embarking on a project involving development of an Asset Management Data Repository (AMDR) for BC local governments. The project involves three phases and is being introduced by Andrew Walther, P. Eng. of APW Engineering. Watch this introductory webinar to learn more about this important project.


Asset Management in British Columbia ... Perspectives

(8m 25s) G. Brown, R. Hicks, K. Fowler, H. McConnell, W. Wells

The panel shares their views and insights on the current state of Infrastructure Asset Management in British Columbia in a question and answer format. This brief introduction sheds some interesting light on difficult challenges that lie ahead as we embark on the path to Infrastucture Asset Management.


Engineering Challenges in Asset Management

(38m 13s) Hew McConnell, P.Eng.

Hew's 30 years of international experience in infrastructure management in both the public and private sectors are applied to important Engineeing challenges relating to Asset Management. What do you own and what is it worth? What else do we need to know now and in the future? How should we use this data? How do we make forecasts that are meaningful? How do I use the concept of lifecycle. What is a reasonable period to plan?


Planning Strategies for Asset Management

(37m 45s) Kim Fowler

Kim is a municipal sustainability expert with a proven record of successfully implementing sustainability frameworks and projects in several municipalities, including Port Coquitlam and the City of Victoria. Kim brings her years of experience in strategic planning, local government administration, conflict resolution, media relations, and public facilitation and group dynamics in this highly informative presentation. How does asset management fit with Official Community plans and the overall planning process? How does planning data and information support and influence the AM process? Forecasting for infrastructure demand and eliminating disused infrastructure. Defining sustainability and building sustainability into the asset management process and reporting. Defining and delivering a public consultation.


Financial Management Challenges for Asset Management

(31m 10s) Robin Hicks

Robin addresses issues for BC Government relating to Asset Management. What are the BC Government requirements for municipal budgets, and what are the sources of accounting and financial practices in BC? What are the recommended practices from the Public Sector Accounting Board? Share PSAB 3150 experiences. What are the challenges in integrating existing financial systems with AM systems? How can you forecast future demands and costs? What are the consequences of using life cycle costing in financial planning?


Leadership and Management for Asset Management

(45m 34s) Gaëtan Royer

Gaëtan brings his experience as the Port Moody City Manager and the knowledge gained writing his book Time for Cities to bear on problems facing municipal leaders as they embark on an Asset Management program. This informative session addresses the questions; Why adopt an asset management policy and plan? What do we need to deliver? What are the paybacks? What resources do I need? What are the obstacles? What decision making processes should we use? How do we integrate all our processes? What is the role of council and staff? What has to change to make it work?


Contract Considerations

Intro to Contract Considerations

(8m) Senior Course Instructor, Brian Weeks gives us an introduction to the latest MMCD project called "Contract Considerations". A series of videos on MMCD related topics.


The Contract Documents

(8m) In this Contract Consideration, Brian Weeks explains the purpose and usefulness of the MMCD documents.


The Role of the Contract Administrator (CA)

(8m) Ever wonder what the role of a C.A. is in the contract process? What are their responsibilities? Brian Weeks outlines them in this video.


The Limitations of the C.A.'s Authority

(9m) What are the duties of the C.A. and what are their limits? The answer to this question and more in this Contract Consideration.


The Role of the Inspector

(9m) In this presentation discover more about the role of the inspector in the contract process.


The Contemplated Change Order

(10m) Brian Weeks, Senior MMCDA Course Instructor, presents another Contract Consideration on The Contemplated Change Order.


Responding to a RFQ

(10m) Brian Weeks, Senior MMCDA Course Instructor, presents another Contract Consideration on Responding to a RFQ.


Issuing a Change Order

(11m) Questions about issuing a change order? Brian Weeks, Senior MMCDA Course Instructor, answers your questions in this Contract Consideration video.


Change vs. Extra

(8m) Wondering what the difference between a change and extra is? Brian Weeks details the answer in this video.


Math Errors at Tender

(8m) What do you do with math errors at tender? Brian Weeks speaks to this topic in this Contract Consideration.


MMCD Schedules

(11m) Brian Weeks covers MMCD Schedules in this Contract Consideration.


MMCD Principles

(9m) In this Contract Consideration Brian Weeks discusses the principles of MMCD.


Risk Allocation

(9m) In this video, Senior Course Instructor, Brian Weeks, discusses risk allocation.



(9m) Brian Weeks covers the IT-4 in this Contract Consideration.


Dealing With Delays

(10m) In this video, Senior Course Instructor, Brian Weeks, discusses Dealing with Delays.


Deficiency Management & Holdbacks

(12m) Brian Weeks covers Deficiency Management & Holdbacks in this Contract Consideration.


Fair Standby Charges

(12m) Brian Weeks, Senior MMCDA Course Instructor, discusses Fair Standby Charges.


User Guide Error - Offsetting Quantity Variations

(8m) This video clip looks at a series of related errors in the User Guide commentary on GC 9.4 regarding Offsetting Quantity Variations. 


Dispute Resolution

(15m) In this video, Brian Weeks discusses the topic of Dispute Resolution under MMCD rules. He explains,

• The need for a process
• The reasons for the involved process we use
• The steps in the process
• The time deadlines involved
• Who participates at each stage


The Importance of the Agreement

(15 min) In this presentation, Brian Weeks highlights some of the critical features of the document called the 'Agreement' in the Master Municipal Construction Document regime.

The Agreement is the most important document in all the documents that form a complete construction contract. As such, it is vital that all parties (owners, contractors and the contract administrator) know what it enables and disallows. 


GC 12 May Not Be Enough

General Condition 12 in the MMCD deals with the discovery of unexpected hazardous materials during the course of a construction project.

The Master Municipal Construction Documents were specifically designed to create contracts for sub-grade municipal infrastructure such as sewers, waterline and other utilities. The very nature of this type of work implies unknown conditions. Since it is not practical to do geotechnical investigations continuously along the proposed route of a new project, we must expect surprises. One type of surprise is the discovery of unexpected hazardous materials.

A core philosophy supporting the MMCD is that risk should be apportioned based on who can best manage it. Also, we do not want bidders to have to include large contingency amounts for unknown risks on every tender. So how do we put these objectives into effect concerning hazardous materials? Find out in this 9-minute presentation by Brian Weeks.


3 Ways to Change a Subcontractor

In this video Brian Weeks discusses why an Owner might want to change a Subcontractor and the 3 ways this can be possible using the Master Municipal Construction Documents.


Force Account Schedules - An Awful Idea

In this video, Brian Weeks hopes to convince you that the MMCD Association got it right when they intentionally did not require tenderers to submit schedules of force account rates as part of the required tender package. 

Brian provides a better solution to the problem that prompts owners to ask for such schedules.

Find out more in this 10-minute presentation. 


Partial vs. Staged Substantial Performance

In this short video, Brian hopes to clarify for you the difference between Partial Substantial Performance, which is illegal, and Staged Substantial Performance, which is permitted in BC. 


Prime Contractor Responsibilities

In this short video, Brian Weeks discusses the implications of designating the general contractor as the prime contractor for WorkSafe BC purposes.


What is a Referee?

This is a companion video to another Contract Consideration called "MMCD Dispute Resolution". That video covers the entire dispute resolution process, whereas this video focuses exclusively on the referee step.


The Critical Importance of Force Account Forms

(14 m) In this short video, Brian Weeks is going to discuss when, why and where Force Account forms are required and the severe penalty if they are not submitted.


Document Hierarchy Cautions

In this video, Brian is going to explain the meaning, purpose and use of a Document Hierarchy and warn of a couple of potential problems which arise when owner’s don’t understand why this is important.  I will explain that sometimes Contractors get to choose which option to follow if documents contain conflicting information.


Payment Processing Issues

Brian discusses the somewhat unique methodology the Master Municipal Construction Documents sets up for regular monthly progress payments to the Contractor. 


The Implications of Substantial and Total Performance

In this short video, Brian is going to discuss what these terms mean, who can initiate the processes, what should happen first and what happens after these important milestones.


What Exactly Does GC 13.10 Mean

(14m) Brian Weeks discusses GC 13.10.


The Problem of Putting Specs on Drawings

(10m) Brian Weeks walks you through the problems of putting specs on drawings.


Implications of Optional Work

(17m) Brian Weeks discusses the implications of optional work.


Choosing a CA to Minimize Conflicts of Interest

(20m) Brian Weeks tells you how to minimize conflicts of interest when choosing a Contract Administrator.


Cost Types & Reimbursability


In this slightly longer video, Brian will discuss contract costs from a Contractor’s perspective and the Owner’s liability for reimbursement from the Contract Administrator’s perspective.


In particular, he hopes to clarify for you the difference between Indirect and Impact costs – terms which are often misused or incorrectly used interchangeably.


He will also review the three types of overhead costs, how they relate to each other, and when an Owner can become liable to pay for them.


How Quantity Variation Adjustments Benefit Both Parties


This slightly longer than normal video clip will cover the topic of How GC 9.4, the Quantity Variation Adjustments clause, benefits Both Parties.


Payment Contrary to Specifications


This is a short video about a long standing inconsistency in the MMCD specifications for payment of some items.  In the C.A. course, Brian stresses that the Contract Administrator does not have the authority to alter terms of payment agreed to by both parties to the Contract and accepted by the bonding company.  Recently, one of the students correctly pointed out that on almost every contract he had to waive some payment conditions to prevent the Contractor from walking off the job.

This is a result of some of our payment conditions not being practical in the real world and people having to find “work around” solutions.  In general, ignoring Contract language is not good practice, so let’s look at an example and how it is, vs. should be handled.


Quality Assurance and Quality Control Testing

There is a certain amount of confusion shown in forum and class questions about the difference between Quality Assurance and Quality Control.  In this video Brian hopes to bring some clarity to this topic as well as discussing testing and retesting options.


Part of the confusion comes from the difference between how other contracts handle these two types of testing compared to the MMCD.  Other contracts often have the Owner engage and pay one or more testing firms to do Q/A.  These firms  work concurrently with the Contractor, but report directly to the Owner.  As Brian will discuss, the MMCD handles testing differently, with the Contract Administrator (or C.A. for short) receiving Q/A  test reports from the Contractor and reporting back to the Owner.


Under the MMCD, the Owner specifies tests to be done for its own reassurance that the work is meeting the contractually required standards.  These tests are part of the Contract requirements and the Contractor is obliged to perform them, or arrange for them to be performed during the course of the work. 


Coping With COVID-19

(22m) Brian Weeks, Senior MMCDA Course Instructor, presents another Contract Consideration on Coping With COVID-19.


MMCD Educational Webinars - MEMBERS ONLY

Infrastructure Data Standards Webinar

(50 minutes) Andrew Walther, P.Eng.

Tune in to learn details of the Autocad Civil 3D standards development strategy, which directly relates to the design, contract drawing production, construction, asset data exchange and life cycle management phases of municipal infrastructure projects. The session will also address implementation strategies, adoption by BC local governments and future development plans.


MMCD Infrastructure Procurement and Lifecycle Management Standards Update

(56m 56s) Andrew Walther

This webinar discusses the ongoing MMCD infrastructure and lifecycle management standards initiatives. Infrastructure design, construction and lifecycle management processes, along with inherent challenges associated with the flow of data, will also be addressed. Learn how MMCD infrastructure standards can be applied to remedy these challenges. The webinar also offers a case study demonstrating how the City of Port Moody adopted the MMCD AMDR with Maintenance Connection asset management software. Finally, learn about the local governments and consulting firms that are on board with MMCD infrastructure standards.


Issues in Professional Engineering Practice

(1h 7m 37s) Gilbert Larocque, CD, PEng, LLB

Authorities Having Jurisdiction frequently encounter issues related to the practice of professional engineering in British Columbia. This seminar will present some of these issues and discuss ways they can be addressed based on the requirements of the Engineers and Geoscientists Act, the bylaws of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC and the APEGBC Quality Management Guidelines.


Life Cycle Costing

(58m 4s) Hew McConnell, P.Eng.

Life cycle management is at the heart of good asset management, and life cycle costing is the key tool for life cycle management. This presentation will introduce you to life cycle costing, why it is important to good management and how to apply it to your day-to-day work. We will introduce you to Discounting and Present Value concepts for comparing alternatives. We will also demonstrate life cycle costing through a worked example.


MMCD Asset Management Data Register Project Completion

(1h 7m 40s) Andrew Walther, P.Eng.

The presentation discusses the completion of the MMCD Asset Management Data Register (AMDR) project. The MMCDA AMDR was developed to introduce standards for the creation, management, and transfer of infrastructure data by BC Local Governments and their partners. In this session you will learn about the two core project deliverables: the municipal infrastructure data schema and the AMDR Database Utility that can be used for creating and managing infrastructure asset data. The AMDR Project brings local elements to infrastructure data management, including fields for PSAB 3150 compliance and TCA reporting, and standardized condition ratings. The AMDR is open source, suitable for use by vendors and systems currently used by BC Local Governments and the consultants that serve them and it is free to MMCDA members. The presentation will end with a discussion on the next steps for the project.


Quality Management Systems

(h 41m 3s) Craig Baskin

Craig Baskin of Baskin Associates will be discussing in do's and dont's behind quality management systems. Topics include, what is quality, where does quality start, how is quality managed, who contols the quality and much more.


Supplementaries and the Philosophy of the MMCD

(h 59m 5s) J. Haythorne, S. Jacob, K. Meersman & B. Weeks

The MMCD Association has become aware of the increasing use of Supplementaries to the MMCD which transfer unwarranted risk and responsibility to the Contractor. In this webinar, a panel of experts from the MMCD Association will review the rationale for balanced sharing of risk which is the foundation of the MMCD approach and the downsides of diverting from this principle. Two of the panel members were members of the original team which drafted the General Conditions and the other two are experienced MMCD users bringing both the Owner's and Contractor's perspectives to this issue.


Avoiding Mistakes with MMCD Documents

(58m 2s) John S. Haythorne, P.Eng, Partner

John Haythorne of FMC Law will be discussing frequent mistakes/misconceptions/errors in Tenders, RFP's and Construction Contracts with reference to the MMCD Documents. Based on his experience, he will offer insight on a series of potential questions commonly misunderstood by Consultants, Owners, and Contractors.


Updating Your Bylaws Using the Platinum Edition

(36m 21s) Steve Muenz & Ken Wright

This webinar will feature guest speakers Steve Muenz & Ken Wright who have been heavily involved with the Association for numerous years and posses extensive knowledge in using MMCDA documents. Steve & Ken will discuss how to convert municipal bylaws to assist in adoption of the Platinum Edition, how to create new bylaws, a step-by-step process for reviewing bylaws, and outline the problems that you may encounter and their potential solutions. Considering adopting MMCD standards? Need help simplifying the process? Join us to better understand the value of MMCDA standardized documents and the process of updating your bylaws.


Ensuring the Quality of Construction Materials

(41m 10s) Allan Maynard, Executive Director CCIL

The importance of high quality of construction materials (concrete, asphalt, aggregates and more) cannot be overstated. This forms the fundamental basis of proper asset management and can ensure the longevity of these important and costly assets.


Construction Insurance and Contract Bonds

(1h 1m 56s) Ted Murray, Construction Insurance & Surety Manager

In this one hour presentation Ted Murray covers Liability Insurance, Builder's Risk Insurance, Machinery Breakdown Insurance, Certificates of Insurance, The Bond Facility, Bid Bonds and Consents of Surety, Performance and Labour & Material Payment Bonds.


Workplace Safety: Minimizing Legal Risk

(47m 16s) A. Bhandari and F. De Melo

Join our educational forum focusing on construction safety, especially the role of the prime contractor on construction sites. Some municipalities have been found negligent through the actions of third parties; these issues and more will be covered in this educational session.


Good Tendering Practices After Tercon

(1h 55m 3s) J. Haythorne and K. Martin

In 2010, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in arguably the most important tendering law case since Ron Engineering. John Haythorne, P.Eng. and Karen Martin, both partners in the Construction/Infrastructure and P3 Groups in the Vancouver office of FMC Law will discuss the case and its implications for good tendering practices.


MMCD Infrastructure Data Standards

MMCD Infrastructure Data Standards Overview


1. MMCD Infrastructure Data Standards Overview

2. Development history

3. Infrastructure data and local governments

4. Standardized components:

  • Municipal CAD Standard
  • Drawing Production Standard
  • Construction Standard
  • Asset Data Exchange Standard
  • Asset Management Data Register

5. APEGBC/certification

6. BIM - Building Information Modelling

7. Standards adoption

8. Future development


MMCD Infrastructure Data Standards Implementation

In this presentation, Andrew Walther discusses the implementation of the MMCD Infrastructure Data Standards.


  1. Download and install MMCD Data Standards
  2. Municipal CAD Standards review
  3. Drawing Production Standards review
  4. Asset Data Exchange Standards review
  5. Implementation considerations.

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