DISPUTE REVIEW BOARDS: A UNIVERSAL PANACEA?

Dispute review boards (DRBs) have been used with great success on large scale construction projects and especially on complex assignments involving multiple staging. Generally, projects in the tunnel, power generation, and transportation arenas have been the primary focus for the use of DRBs. Though their findings are not legally binding and they are not suited for all situations, DRBs may offer an attractive alternative to litigation. Submission of a dispute to a DRB is accepted by both parties as a conditional procedure prior to initiation of formal claims procedures. DRBs are typically composed of a panel of three experts, including a representative selected by the owner, a representative selected by the contractor, and the chairman selected by the two previously appointed representatives. DRBs are more successful when combined with a partnering process. Partnering is a team building effort in which the parties establish cooperative working relationships, a common mission statement, and a strategy of commitment and good communications. The Maine Department of Transportation is an excellent example of utilization of a DRB combined with a formal partnering program.

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    • Page Range: pp 54-55, 57
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    Scranton Gillette Communications

    380 E Northwest Highway, Suite 200
    Des Planes, IL  United States  60016-2282
  • Authors:
    • Bryant II, T A
  • Publication Date: 1999-9

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  • Accession Number: 00788816
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 2 2000 12:00AM