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Educating the Industry on Construction Claims and Effective Project Management

Our senior personnel and experts write groundbreaking publications on construction claims and project management topics that appear in presentations, seminars, and conferences. We are actively involved in AACE® International and contribute to recommended practices, such as Recommended Practice No. 29R-03 for Forensic Schedule Analysis.

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Acceleration Claims on Engineering and Construction Projects

This article covers these topics: types of acceleration, key elements of acceleration required by the courts, acceleration claims outside of the U.S., notice requirements, the relevance of the date when the time extension is given, contract provisions associated with acceleration, the effect of a “no damage for delay” clause on acceleration, identifying acceleration using the project schedules, documenting acceleration evidence, and acceleration damages.

Achieving Capital Asset Reliability, Availability and Maintainability

Achieving Reliability, Availability and Maintainability (RAM) requires a deep engagement by the owner and its engineering teams from concept through completion. This article describes some of the systems and processes necessary to help assure an owner of the highest possible performance and return on its capital investment.

Analysis of Concurrent Delay on Construction Claims

Concurrent delay is a vexed and complex technical and legal issue. This article addresses: concurrent delay defined, treatment of concurrent delay in various legal jurisdictions, allocation of delay responsibility when concurrent delay occurs, factors that influence the identification and quantification of concurrent delay, pacing vs. concurrent delay, and practical guidelines.

Analysis of Concurrent/Pacing Delays

This article attempts to define, research, and analyze the concept called “pacing” relative to owner-caused delays as well as explain the necessary steps to adequately demonstrate that “pacing” is not a concurrent contractor-caused delay.

Applications of Monte Carlo Simulations in Dispute Resolution and Claims Work

This paper provides a brief overview of the mechanics of Monte Carlo simulations, outlines its potential uses in the dispute resolution and claims process, and provides examples from real world projects. The intent is to provide contractors, owners, attorneys, and consultants with an additional tool to assess and better calculate the risks and uncertainties in the claims process.

As-Built But-For Schedule Delay Analysis

This article discusses topics such as: why the application of the As-Built But-For Schedule Delay Analysis methodology is appropriate, the As-Built Calculation Schedule, quantification of delays, interpreting the results of removing delays from the As-Built Calculation Schedule, and overcoming criticisms of the As-Built But-For Schedule Delay Analysis Method.

Assessment of Problems Associated with Poor Project Management Performance

The purpose of this paper is to provide an explanation of the methodology and resources that Long International uses to arrive at its opinions on allocation of the responsibility for various problems, and the impact of those opinions on the parties’ entitlement to damages or extensions of the time of performance allowed under a contract.

Avoiding Project Failure by Defining Requirements

This article discusses tasks that should be done early in business planning and project formulation to ensure that key stakeholders are completely aligned on the requirements that, if satisfied by a project team, will produce the business value envisioned by the solution selected in the business plan.

Calculating the As‑Built Critical Path

This paper discusses procedures to ensure that the as-built driving lag values are determined objectively to avoid inconsistent or subjective assessments in calculating the as-built critical path.

Choosing the Most Appropriate Schedule Analysis Method

This paper presents an overview of each of the 9 schedule analysis methodologies, the nomenclature used to categorize the different methods, and the strengths and limitations of each method. It then discusses 11 factors a forensic schedule analyst should consider when choosing the most appropriate schedule analysis method.

Claims Management Challenges in the “Modularized” Project Execution Environment

As modular design enters a new phase, focused on modularizing conceptual design itself, we must recognize and immediately address the unique challenges that modularization has created for claims management and dispute resolution. The purpose of this article is to review some of these challenges and to suggest solutions that may be applicable not only to multibillion-dollar gas liquefaction projects in the northern shores of Ural, but also closer to home, in the burgeoning modular building industry.

Commercial Awareness Training for EPC Projects

The fundamental goals of the Project Execution Team (PET) in the performance and handover of a largescale, multidimensional Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) project include delivering the project to the owner on schedule and within budget, achieving all performance guarantees and technical requirements, and maintaining a profitable gross margin. This article discusses topics such as contract handover meetings and the building blocks and objectives of commercial awareness training.

Construction Claims Analysis Checklist

This article sets forth the basic information and tasks in performing a claims analysis whether one is preparing a claim or defending against one.

Construction Claims for Variation in Quantity

A component of a construction claim often relates to the cost, quantity, and quality of the materials that the contractor installed on a project. This article discusses variation in quantity clauses, legal underpinnings, the different site conditions clause as a remedy, the changes clause as a remedy, and notice requirements.

Construction Claims in South America

The business climate and cultures in South America are very different than they are in the United States and Western Europe. This article discusses some of the common contract types in South America, typical dispute resolution approaches, and business culture in general.

Construction Claims Prevention

This article identifies solutions and suggests programs that one can use to prevent, mitigate, and manage claims. Topics include the following: quality contract documents, management of outside design professionals, constructability and biddability reviews, site investigation, review and approval of detailed as-planned schedules, claims mitigation during construction, project reviews, contractor's risk analysis, and owner guidelines.

Construction Contract Notice Letters

Sample construction contract notice letters include: Notice of Constructive Change for Additional Work, Notice of Non-Payment, Notice of Directed Acceleration, Notice of Access Delay, Notice of Late or Defective Owner-Furnished Equipment or Materials, Notice of Differing Site Conditions, Notice of Change Directive, Claim for Extras in Advance of Work Being Performed, Claim for Extras after Work was Performed, Request for Extension of Time and Additional Compensation, Notice for Multiple Problems, Non-Compliance Notice to Another Contractor or Subcontractor, Change Order Proposal Transmittal Letter Without Impact Costs, Change Order Execution Transmittal Letter, Request for Time Extension due to Severe Weather, and Letter Requesting CPM Data if Owner or Construction Manager is Maintaining the Schedule.

Constructive Changes

This article discusses contract changes clauses, types of constructive change, problems for establishing entitlement and contractor’s remedies.

Contemporaneous Period Schedule Analysis Methodology

This paper sets forth the steps for performing a contemporaneous period analysis, including becoming familiar with the project and relevant documents, performing a high-level review of the available project schedules, selecting schedule windows, identifying the critical and near-critical paths, performing a detailed review of the schedules selected for the analysis, determining the changes made between the schedules selected for the schedule windows, making copies of the analysis schedules and implementing necessary corrections, developing variance tables to calculate date and duration variances, researching activity impacts and allocating responsibility for delays, and summing and documenting the results.

Contract Scheduling Provisions

This paper presents a brief overview of contract provisions and case law affecting the preparation and updating of schedules, and the preparation of and defense against change orders and delay and disruption claims.

Cost Control for the Project Manager

This article discusses the definitions of cost control, including estimating, execution phase, and various types of cost overruns.

COVID-19 Claim Management on Construction Projects

To properly manage, present or defend against claims for pandemic-caused impacts or to segregate pandemic impacts from other claims will require the capture of new data during project execution. This article discusses methods and techniques to manage claims caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Defective and Deficient Contract Documents – A 2013 Update

The following topics are discussed herein: the Spearin Doctrine and other legal underpinnings of the contractor’s entitlement to recover its increased costs as a result of defective and deficient contract documents; the owner’s failure to disclose vital information to the contractor; contractual time limits may not be an adequate defense against extra work claims due to drawing revisions; the owner’s defenses against Spearin; and options for mitigation.

Differing Site Conditions

This paper covers contractual representations; Type I, Type II, and Type III differing site conditions; the contract absent a differing site conditions clause; and owner defenses.

Document Database Considerations

This paper addresses the question "Why use computerized database support?" including the benefits to using automated database support and database terminology. Additionally, the article presents database assumptions and considerations. Recommended procedures are also given for preparing the database and practical knowledge as to how to establish an effective database.

Effective Change Order Management

The following topics are discussed: change order definition and other change order-related considerations, the reasons that a potential change order may be introduced on a project, factors resulting from change orders that influence a project’s performance and costs, the various methods of calculation that may be used to estimate the cost of a potential change order, procedures for initiating a change order, the development of an independent estimate for the owner’s use in comparing and validating the contractor’s change order cost proposal, review of the contractor’s request for an extension to the time for project completion as a result of a change order, successful negotiation and finalization of a change order, and change order recommended practices and procedures.

Evaluation of Changes in Process Plant Projects

This article discusses the uniqueness of design changes on process plant projects and how such changes can have a significant ripple effect on a project’s engineering, procurement, construction, and start-up work activities.

Glossary of Terminology

Scheduling, estimating, project/construction management, contract administration, and construction claims terminology for engineering and construction projects—a quick reference guide to the most commonly used terms with short definitions.

Implementing Time Impact Analyses on Large, Complex EPC Projects

This article examines the various complexities in analyzing the schedule impact of multiple changes, with most examples drawn from a sample gas plant project. However, the topics that are discussed relate to a schedule delay analysis on any large, complex project.

Integrated Cost and Schedule Risk Analysis

This article illustrates how an integrated cost and schedule risk analysis can improve the realism of cost and schedule forecasts and prioritize the most severe risks for further mitigation.

Journey Map to a More Mature Schedule Risk Analysis Process

This article lays out a risk analysis maturity model that allows organizations to determine: (1) where they are today on the scale from “not aware” to “advanced integrated cost-schedule risk analysis” and (2) where they want to be, what is their optimal level of risk analysis maturity.

Key Elements for Successful Schedule Management

The purpose of this article is to help put into perspective the key considerations that should be given to the scheduling program on projects to achieve the optimal balance between scheduling effort and scheduling quality.

Keys to Successful Major Project Execution

This article is based on the author’s experiences in the energy sector and examines some guidelines for effective project management control from the owner’s perspective.

Project Team Motivators and Demotivators

This article discusses: (i) typical motivators and demotivators on construction sites; (ii) the Foreman Delay Survey, which is a good way to identify and eliminate obstruction factors and demotivators; (iii) Herzberg’s principles concerning motivators and demotivators; and (iv) the author’s experiences from managing construction projects and life in general.

Proving the Cause-Effect Linkage

This article is a slightly modified chapter from the book Cumulative Impact and Other Disruption Claims in Construction, published in 2014.

Reservation of Rights to Make a Cumulative Impact Claim

This article covers topics such as release in language in change order forms, cautions signing change order forms with release language, case law denying impact claims if a contractor signs change orders containing release language, case law upholding impact claims even if a contractor signs change orders containing release language and recommendations.

Schedule and Delay Analysis Methodologies

Long International explains its detailed schedule analysis methodology using a construction delay claim on a hypothetical wastewater treatment plant project.

Schedule Quality Assurance Procedures

This article discusses procedures to rectify common problems with project schedules, including: ensuring that a schedule accurately reflects the complete contractual scope of work, evaluating schedule metrics to assess schedule integrity, reviewing schedule logic for reasonableness, evaluating the reasonableness and completeness of the critical path, and comparing a schedule to the baseline or previous updates to identify significant changes.

Superior Knowledge

This paper discusses the principle of superior knowledge, superior knowledge cases, federal criteria for recovery, California adoption of the federal requirements, and recoverable damages.

The Doctrine of Unjust Enrichment

This paper presents a detailed discussion regarding definitions and examples of unjust enrichment, express contracts, quasi-contracts or contracts in implied law, and obstacles to unjust enrichment.

The Impact of Poor Contemporaneous Project Records on Claims Preparation and Expert Analyses

This article discusses a variety of methodologies related to labor productivity analysis at a summary level. As the title suggests, the primary emphasis is directed toward the impact to the retrospective analyses when the extent and quality of available documentation is less than that reasonably required to perform supportable analyses. This article also includes a discussion of possible ways that an owner can be more proactive in assuring that reasonable project documentation is submitted by the contractor.

The Importance and Value of “Notice” Provisions in Construction Contracts

This article provides a general discussion about notice provisions with the intent of promoting an understanding of some of the key issues and factors involved that the contracting parties often miss or misunderstand, and facilitating improved management and early resolution of claims and change requests in construction contracts.

The Importance of Project Handover Documentation

This discussion of Project Documentation Requirements (PDR) sets forth a controlled and auditable process to identify all of the manuals, procedures, documents, drawings, databases, and indexes required for installation, hook-up, commissioning, and handover of final project documentation to the owner for safe and sustainable operability and maintainability of a typical process plant.

Why Claims Occur – The Red Flags

This article offers a detailed discussion concerning the characteristics of a highly impacted project, effects on project costs, situations causing costly claims, owner and contractor practices that cause claims, and the view of the court of contract interpretation.

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