Avoiding Construction Claims by Clear and Specific, Non-Ambiguous Information

There is a great demand in the industry to avoid/minimize claims. The definition of claim should be well understood. It should not be confused with the scope change or entitled extra cost. After having worked in the industry as Planner, Designer, Construction Manager, Owner, Operator and Maintainer on several larger construction projects for several years, the author would like to share his knowledge and experience on some of the potential weak areas in the contract documents; precedence of items in the contract documents (specifications, drawings, general conditions, reference drawings, details etc); relationship amongst budget, schedule of values and man-hours loading; improper location of information in the specification and drawings which are normally missed during constructability review and/or interdisciplinary coordination; missing cross references; value of reference documents in relation to main contract document; value engineering verses scope reduction etc. These are a few causes of perceived potential claims. The paper will also try to shed some light on how the bids are put together by the potential bidders/contractors and how the arbitration system and/or litigation system works in establishing the merits of the claim. Finally, the author will make a few recommendations to avoid and/or minimize claim.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Pagination: 8p
  • Monograph Title: 2007 Proceedings Rail Conference

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01051633
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1931594260
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 12 2007 4:02PM