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Construction Claims from A to Z

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Construction Claims are the two strong words that strike fear and loathing in the hearts of employers and construction managers alike. These words that have spawned an entire industry dedicated to preventing, asserting and resolving difficulties that occur on a construction project. Claims have grown around the world in the past 50 years and are now a major construction management issue, often overshadowing on-time or on-budget performance.

As a result, throughout the world the rise of construction claims has been paralleled by the advent of stricter contracts, an explosion of dispute resolution alternatives, and in many locations, a hardening of employer attitudes towards contractors’ pleas for relief from perceived changes in the work. No member of the project team, from designers to managers to contractors to employers, has been left untouched by the rise of construction claims.

This presentation will outline the basics of why and how claims develop, what it takes to make a claim, what it takes to defend against a claim, and some rules to help avoid, minimize and resolve claims.

Critical concepts that will be addresses as part of the presentation include:

  • Major steps in setting up the project to prevent claims
  • Essential characteristics of each claim type
  • The legal and practical issues with claims
  • What records do you need to keep or develop for claims
  • Advantages of various contract delivery methods

Individuals who would benefit from this presentation include:

  • Owners wanting to run claim-free projects
  • Project Managers wanting to better control projects
  • Contract Managers trying to cope with claims
  • Contractors who need to know how to recover their losses
  • Professionals interested in the limits of claims
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