Early Warning Signs of Construction Claims & Disputes
  • CODE : SAMU-0018
  • Duration : 90 Minutes
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Saleh Mubarak, Ph.D.

  • Construction project management professional, professor, consultant, author, public speaker, and trainer
  • Ph.D. in civil engineering from Clemson University, USA, specialized in Construction Project Management
  • Experience: 30+years, diversified:
    o Industrial: private and public sectors, in the U.S. and internationally. Positions occupied include project engineer/manager, cost estimator, planner/scheduler, project controls manager, cost manager, training manager
    o  Academic: faculty member/professor, head of a department
  • Extensive experience in continuing education and professional training around the world. Topics are mainly planning & scheduling cost estimating, project controls. Topics also include soft skills and their integration with project management
  • Author of:
    o  Construction Project Scheduling and Control (currently 3rd edition, 4th edition is coming soon)
    o  How to Estimate with Means Data: Basic Skills for Building Construction (currently 4th edition, 5th edition is coming soon)
    o  Many articles; technical and other
  • Many presentations in professional conferences such as PMI, AACEInternational. The public speaker in many local, regional, and international events
  • An authority on project planning, scheduling, and project control
  • An advocate of holistic healthy living


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.

  • $200.00



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