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Intelligent Management & Prevention of Construction Disputes (CCL951A)

Presented By : James G. Zack Jr.
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Pre Recorded Webinar
60 minutes
  •  Tue, September 29, 2015
Event Description
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Avoid Legal Disputes at the End of the Project with Prior Dispute Resolution Planning

Construction projects are a hotbed for claims unless everything goes exactly as planned. In order to ensure zero claims, there should be no shortage of qualified labor, no adverse weather conditions, timely delivery of materials and equipment, and no changes or delays. It is highly unlikely that all these factors will work in perfect synchronicity in a construction project.

However, claims (requests for additional time or money under the provisions of the contract) do not have to result in disputes. Disputes arise when contractors and owners cannot resolve claims by negotiation and turn unresolved issues over to attorneys to resolve them in the legal arena. That's where the trouble starts.

This webinar by our construction claims expert, James Zack, is designed to show owners and their representatives how disputes can be avoided at the end of the project through prior dispute resolution planning while designing, bidding and through the various phases of a construction project.

Among other things, this session will discuss these important issues in construction contracts:

  • The four types of reviews that should be applied to contract documents;
  • The need for a comprehensive scheduling specification and payment for changes article;
  • How to reduce claims based on large numbers of RFIs;
  • How to pre-purchase owner caused delay and lock in daily delay costs at the time of bidding;
  • How to predict the weather for the project; and
  • Several techniques designed to preclude disputes at the end of the project by resolving issues without going to arbitration or litigation.

After attending this session you will have a much better understanding of how owners, designers and owner representatives can structure project documents to provide for resolution of claims on projects and avoid legal disputes at the end. Plus, you will get an 11-point checklist of actions you can take to avoid disputes at the end of the project.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the "ins and outs" of a comprehensive scheduling specification.
  • Learn the value of planning and how to avoid disputes from the beginning of the project.
  • Gain knowledge about the value and use of a thoroughly drafted Payment for Changes clause.
  • Learn some new ways to mitigate delay damages and avoid the need for difficult cost negotiations and audits in the event of owner caused delay.
  • Learn the cost, the value and the benefits of using a dispute resolution board.
  • Identify the benefits and use of pre-construction audits, escrow bid documents, project trending, short interval schedule submittals and project partnering.
  • Understand the use of standing negotiation teams and decision ladders.
  • Gain insights into ways to resolve claims on the projects and avoid the need to close out projects in a courtroom or arbitration hearing room.

Who should attend

  • Owners
  • Design professionals
  • Owner site representatives
  • Construction managers
  • Attorneys
  • Contractors
  • Subcontractors

Although the webinar is intended primarily for owners and their representatives, contractors will better understand the intent and operation of such clauses should you become involved in a project which has adopted some or all of these approaches.

About Our Speaker(s)

James G. Zack Jr., Construction Law ExpertJames G. Zack Jr.
James G. Zack Jr. is the Executive Director of the Navigant Construction Forum – the construction industry’s global resource for thought leadership and best practices on avoidance and resolution of construction project disputes globally. Formerly, Executive Director, Corporate Claims Management for Fluor Co... More info

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