Early Warning Signs of Construction Claims & Disputes
  • CODE : JAZA-0024
  • Duration : 90 Minutes
  • Level : Advance
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James G. Zack, Jr.

Jim is the Principal, James Zack Consulting, LLC. Formerly Executive Director of the Ankura Construction Forum™ and prior to this, the founder, and Executive Director of the Navigant Construction Forum™. Earlier, Jim was the Executive Director, Corporate Claims Management Group, Fluor Corporation. Previously he was Vice President of PinnacleOne and Executive Director of the PinnacleOne Institute and prior to this a Senior Construction Claims Consultant for CH2M HILL. For more than 48 years, he has worked on both private and public projects in 36 States in the U.S. and 39 countries abroad. He is a Fellow of AACE, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Guild of Project Controls, and the Society of Construction Claims Specialists. In the construction claims field, he is a recognized and published expert in mitigation, analysis, and resolution or defense of construction claims and disputes. He is a Certified Construction Manager, a Certified Forensic Claims Consultant, an Expert Certified Construction Claims Specialist, an Expert Certified Construction Delay Analyst, and a Project Management Professional.

It is axiomatic that claims and disputes on a project do not simply appear out of nowhere. Experience indicates that when a dispute occurs, there is normally a back story or history of events, decisions, lack of decisions, etc. that can be traced back from a few weeks to several years that gave rise to the dispute. It is these past events or decisions that are identified as the “early warning signs” of claims and disputes. Typically, it is only when claims are filed at the end of a project that attorneys and claims consultants review project documentation and interview the project teams that these early warning signs are identified. And, in retrospect, many project team members comment “If only I had recognized that then!” Research reveals there is little literature setting forth a detailed list of early warning signs of pending construction claims and disputes. Based on the collective observations of numerous construction claims consultants the Construction Forum collated these early warning signs into the typical phases of a project including:

  • Bid or Proposal Phase
  • Initial Contract Phase
  • Construction Phase

This webinar also identifies which party should watch for which early warning sign and what sort of claim or dispute may arise.

Areas Covered

  • Early Warning Signs – Bid & Proposal Stage
       o    Early warning signs for owners
       o    Early warning signs for contractors
  • Early Warning Signs – Early Construction Phase
       o    Early warning signs for owners
       o    Early warning signs for contractors
  • Early Warning Signs – Construction Phase
       o    Early warning signs for owners
              -  Scheduling
              -  Change issues
              -  Project management issues
              -  Field issues
       o    Early warning signs for contractors
              -  Scheduling
              -  Change issues
              -  Project management issues
              -  Field issues

Course Level - Intermediate - Advanced

Who Should Attend

  • Owner & Contractor Project Managers
  • Resident Engineers or Architects
  • Agency Construction Managers
  • Construction Managers @ Risk
  • Design Managers
  • Legal Counsel Representing Owners or Contractors

Why Should You Attend

  • This webinar provides a lengthy list of early warning signs of claims and disputes
  • These warning signs are divided into three distinct project phases – Bid or Proposal Phase, Initial Contract Phase, and Construction Phase
  • The webinar also identifies which party should watch for which warning sign
  • The webinar discusses what sort of claim or dispute is likely to arise from which warning sign
  • Finally, the webinar identifies what actions owners and contractors can take, when some of these warning signs are observed, to resolve such potential claim situations and prevent or resolve disputes

Topic Background

Construction projects provide fertile ground for claims and disputes. Projects today are often much larger and more complex than in the past, with tight budgets and the shortest possible duration. Project teams (both owner and contractor teams) are all too often down in the weeds, focusing on the 50 to 100 or more activities that must be accomplished every month to maintain the schedule. Claims often start out as small irritants but may grow quickly to major issues even before the project teams are aware a claim exists – project delay, constructive changes, loss of productivity. The purpose of this webinar is to identify 75 early warning signs of claims and potential disputes and offer recommendations on how to handle these issues on the site when they can be resolved timely and at a lower cost.

  • $149.00



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