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Avoiding Construction Overruns and Managing Construction Disputes

21 Professional Development Hours

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • understand the various contracting strategies employed to manage risk and minimize claims and disputes
  • administer the contract to minimize construction claims and disputes
  • understand the importance of project controls, documentation and communication
  • analyze delays using different critical path method (CPM) techniques
  • recognize the factors that cause claims and disputes, resulting in project overruns in time and cost, and quantify the parties’ damages
  • establish procedures for claim prevention and management
  • resolve disputes using various alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods to avoid high litigation costs
  • certify substantial completion and contract close-out


This course deals with the issues that cause construction overruns in time and cost, the resulting disputes, and the means to minimize their impact on a project’s success. The first step is selecting the most appropriate project delivery system and analyzing and managing the anticipated risks. The second step is recognizing the importance of effective project controls and then devising a project and document control system to minimize claims and disputes. Changes will impact the project schedule and cause delays. Analyzing these delays and their impact on productivity is essential in managing and settling disputes.

This course addresses the methods used to present and analyze delay and productivity claims. It will also review the factors that lead to construction claims by different parties and the basis for calculating their entitlements. This course then examines the strategies owners, consultants and contractors use to avoid disputes and minimize risk to achieve the project’s objectives. It also examines amicable ways to resolve conflicts as they arise through negotiation, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods.

Course Outline:

  • Risk Management for Various Contracting Strategies
  • Contract Administration and Control to Minimize Disputes
  • Communication and Project Documentation
  • Project Scheduling and Delay Analysis
  • Evaluation of Claims related to Scheduling
  • Claims by Different Parties
  • Damage Quantification
  • Claim Prevention and Management
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Contract Close-Out and Substantial Completion

Who Should Attend:
Project Managers • Engineers • Contract Managers and Coordinators • Designers • Architects • Contractors • Construction Management Personnel • Construction Inspectors • Procurement Specialists • Field Engineers • Subcontractors • Project Technicians and Technologists • Developers • Business Owners • Consultants • Government Employees • Public-Sector Employees and others concerned with the ultimate success of a project

Course Rating
4.5 out of 5

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Almost all of EPIC's courses offer :

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and
  • Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

These course credits will help attendees earn training requirements for their associations or provincial governing bodies.

This course can be customized and delivered to a group at your facility saving time and money.
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