Schedules are the basis for performing construction work. The schedule determines the timing, sequence, and resources required to complete a project on time and within budget; the plan to achieve deliverables set against time. Once a construction project incurs a delay or multiple delays as is often the case, it may become necessary to perform a forensic review to assess the effect a delay or disruption had on the schedule for completing the project, focusing on the assessment of planned performance versus actual execution of the work. What changed and why? Delay on a project is not unusual and can occur at any stage as a result of different sources and various causes, most of which incur a negative impact on cost and time. This is not uncommon given the fast pace and shifting priorities of construction projects to meet project milestones and stakeholder deliverables.
Our experts and consultants are here to support insurable and non-insurable losses and events due to delay and disruption to the original work plan/schedule, whether from peril, poorly designed scope, design change, delayed or poor decision-making, scope, creep, or the cumulative impact thereof.
Our construction delay experts use Critical Path Method (CPM) techniques to analyze schedules using industry-accepted methodologies. They determine and assess the root cause-effect, responsibility, and impact of potential occurrences on time and cost, whether for an insurable loss or a dispute between project parties such as owners, consultants, general contractors, and subcontractors. Using recognized scheduling experience and knowledge, forensic delay analysis practices, and industry-leading software, our Construction Claim, and Dispute Resolution consultants can perform the independent schedule analysis required to demonstrate and support potential entitlement to direct or consequential damages.
Construction dispute issues arise from:
- Differing Site Conditions
- Late Approvals
- Inadequate Project Management and Administration
- Failure to understand and/or comply with the Contract
- Incomplete Design Information / Lack of Design Coordination
- Change Management / Cumulative Impact of Change
- Constructability / Procurement / Technical
- Inclement Weather Conditions
- Behavioral Factors and Relationships
Insurable losses on construction projects arise from fires, floods, structural failures, sinkholes, construction defects, to name a few. Albeit with some minor variations, insurable losses necessitate the same forensic analysis and scheduling expertise used to demonstrate and support construction disputes.
What we do
- Construction Claims & Dispute Resolution
- Course of Construction (COC) / Builders Risk Losses
- Business Interruption & Delayed Startup
- Large and Complex Losses
- Assessing the Impact of Unforeseen Conditions and Events
- Establishing “Cause and Effect” Relationships & Determining Liability
- Scheduling Software Expertise & Forensic Analysis Techniques
- Critical Path Methodology
- Productivity Loss
- Earned Value Management
- Forensic Cost Analysis
- Quantification of damages and entitlement
- Provision of Strategic Feedback and Recommendations
- Expert Findings and Reports
- Negotiation and Mediation
- Project Advisory
- Risk Mitigation
- Project controls, methodology, and project management principles
- Schedule development and ongoing monitoring
- Construction Defect
- Building Consulting
- Quantity Surveying
Our clients include owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, legal counsel, sureties, insurers, and adjusters. Our experience ranges across public and private sectors on infrastructure, industrial, commercial, institutional, and transportation projects, including heavy engineering, oil and gas, and rail.
Our network of global experts joins forces to provide clients the exact team they need, whether that's an industry subject matter expert, civil or structural engineers, builder's risk or course of construction consultants, costing or delay experts. Backed by industry-leading forensic engineers, our construction experts can create a multi-disciplinary team to suit any project.
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