Experts Aim to Help Construction Professionals Recognize the Symptoms of Delay and Disruption Claims

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The experts will offer their assistance during an upcoming WPL Publishing webinar that is suited for construction professionals involved in project management and administration, particularly those professionals who represent owner interests or who have a hand in construction dispute resolution.

Early next month, WPL Publishing will sponsor an interactive webinar to help construction professionals identify the symptoms of project delay and disruption claims and minimize risks through appropriate documentation.

Time-related claims, delays, and disruptions in construction projects often account for significantly greater costs than any other disputes, including changed conditions direct costs. The webinar will prepare attendees to control and/or mitigate risk when facing a contractor’s potentially unsupported delay or disruption claim. The 90-minute event, entitled “Construction Delay & Disruption: Identify Symptoms, Develop Supporting Data, and Mitigate Risks of Claims and Legal Disputes,” is scheduled for Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/4ckervw.

From studies and experience in scheduling and analysis, experts addressing webinar attendees will describe symptoms of potential claims with the corresponding claims avoidance documentation that should be provided contemporaneously as the best support for negotiation or dispute resolution. It is always best to analyze and resolve time-related issues as quickly and as early in the life cycle of the impact event as possible, and the sooner an owner starts collecting documentation, the better the case in the event of a dispute.

Knowing what documentation is needed for each special case -- and collecting it early -- is better and more economical than bringing the best attorneys and consultants on board later. A contractor’s actions and lack of action provide clues to situations that will likely result in a claim at a later date. With the knowledge in hand to foresee the claim, specific and topical data can be collected that improve the possibility of settlement and provide a stronger defense for further dispute-resolution efforts.

The webinar will offer guidance for documentation needs based on the symptoms or signals from a contractor during a project that yield clues to upcoming claims, including a checklist and decision matrix for a construction manager to use.

The webinar is designed to help attendees do the following:

  • Gain a greater awareness of the signs and symptoms of delay and disruption claims.
  • Weigh considerations associated with responding to such signs and symptoms.
  • Prepare to control and/or mitigate risk when facing a contractor’s potentially unsupported delay or disruption claim.
  • Take pro-active measures to employ for mitigation and negotiation of potential delay and disruption risk and damages.

Addressing webinar attendees will be Chris Carson, corporate director of project controls for Alpha Corp., and Alpha Senior Project Manager Rob Kelly. Alpha is an Engineering News Record top 100-ranked CM/PM professional engineering/construction firm, providing engineering design and CM services and specializing in scheduling, schedule analysis, claims avoidance, cost estimating, and dispute resolution.

Following their presentations, there will be an interactive 10-to-15 minute question-and-answer session addressing relevant topics.

Webinar tuition is based on location, not number of participants, so each registration site can have multiple participants for one low price. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/4ckervw.

WPL Publishing Co., Inc. produces three construction newsletters: Construction Claims Advisor (http://www.constructionclaims.com), Green Building Insider (http://www.greenbuildinginsider.com), and Construction Advisor Today (http://www.constructionadvisortoday.com). The company also hosts webinar series on topics relevant to the construction industry. WPL is on Twitter at CAT_Online.

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