Construction Claims Mitigation for
Project Owners and Contractors
James G. Zack, Jr., CCM, CFCC, FAACE, FRICS, PMP
Senior Advisor, Navigant Construction ForumTM
Construction projects are a fertile breeding ground for claims – unless everything on the project proceeds exactly as planned. To avoid all claims there must be no changes, no delays, no shortage of qualified craft labor, no late delivery of equipment and materials, no bad weather, etc. It is highly unlikely that anyone has ever seen this project in history. Even the pyramids in Egypt had changes, delays and construction problems. However, claims (requests for additional time or money under the provisions of the contract) do not have to result in disputes. Disputes arise when contractors and owners cannot resolve claims by negotiation and turn unresolved issues over to attorneys to resolve them in the legal arena.
This recorded program is designed to show owners and their representatives how disputes can be avoided at the end of the project through upfront dispute resolution planning during the design, bidding and construction phases of a project.
The presentation discusses four types of reviews that should be applied to contract documents; the need for a comprehensive scheduling specification and payment for changes article; how to reduce claims based on large numbers of RFIs; how to pre-purchase owner caused delay and lock in daily delay costs at the time of bidding; how to predict the weather for the project; and other techniques designed to precludes disputes at the end of the project by resolving issues without going to arbitration or litigation.
Listen to this information-packed recorded webinar to:
- Learn what needs to be included in a scheduling specification
- Realize the cost, value and benefits of using a Dispute Resolution Board
- Identify the benefits and use of escrow bid documents, project partnering, pre-construction audits, project trending and short interval schedule submittals
- Understand the use of standing negotiation teams and decision ladders
- Receive an eleven point checklist of actions owners can take to avoid disputes at the end of the project
Who Will Benefit?
This recorded webinar is a must if you’re a contractor project manager, project sponsor, cost estimator or and project controls professional. Likewise, construction managers and design professionals performing services during construction will benefit as will project owners and owner representatives.
Although the presentation is intended primarily for owners and their representatives, contractors will better understand the intent and operation of such clauses should you become involved in a project which has adopted some or all of these approaches
This event features key insights from our knowledgeable construction expert:
James G. Zack, Jr.
Executive Director, Navigant Construction Forum
Jim is the Senior Advisor to and former Executive Director of the Navigant Construction Forum. The Forum strives to be the construction industry’s resource for thought leadership and best practices on avoidance and resolution of construction project disputes globally. Formerly he was the Executive Director of Corporate Claims Management for Fluor Corporation, one of the world’s largest publicly owned engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance (EPCM) contractors working in the areas of energy, chemicals, infrastructure, manufacturing, life sciences and mining. Mr. Zack was previously Vice President of PinnacleOne and the Executive Director of the PinnacleOne Institute and a Senior Construction Claims Consultant for CH2M HILL, Inc. Mr. Zack has, for nearly 40 years, worked on both private and public projects. In the construction claims field, he is a recognized and published expert in mitigation, analysis and resolution or defense of construction claims and disputes.