Create Your Own Knowledge Centre

I have recently been sorting through reference material that I have collected over the years, to provide the Institute of Construction Claim Practitioners with suitable articles, papers and the like for inclusion in their knowledge centre. Whilst doing this, it struck me that the amount of information I have gathered is not only huge, but […]

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FIDIC Red Book: Delayed Drawings and Instructions and Engineer’s Delay, Impediment and Prevention

One of the modules on the Claims Class distance-learning course requires the students to review various case studies to identify potential claims. Having identified the claims, the student is required to explain the reasons for the claim, what may be claimed, the contractual clauses under the FIDIC Red Book that provide entitlement and explain how […]

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Essential Elements and Key Points

As we enter into a new year, I thought it would be appropriate to post a blog on what I consider to be the most important elements and criteria for construction claims and responses. In my experience, failure to take these matters into account when compiling a claim is the main reason for claims being […]

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Inadequately Expressed Claims

The object of any claim is to convince the party responsible for providing a decision or determination that the claimant has the right to be compensated in ether time or money for the event from which the claim arose. The claimant has the obligation to prove that his claim is just and the standard of […]

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Does a Variation Lead to One Claim or Three?

One of our distance students asked the question that if a variation causes additional work, a delay to the completion date and leads to entitlement to the payment of associated prolongation because all the entitlement stems from the variation costs, should one claim be submitted for the whole matter? This is a question that I […]

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The Added Value of Good Consultants

I was recently asked to prepare and present a training course on procurement to a large developer in the Middle East and one of the topics I was keen to get across concerned the selection of consultants on construction projects. As we know, the consultants have a major role in the successful outcome of a […]

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Determinations, Rocks and Hard Places

Most form of contract oblige the consultant responsible for determining the contractor’s claims (the Architect, Engineer or Contract Administrator), to make a fair and reasonable award or decision in accordance with the contract. One of the questions that is frequently asked on our training courses by those acting in such positions is “What should we […]

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Extension of Time Claims – Cause and Effect

If a claim is to succeed, it is vital that it contains a persuasive argument to demonstrate that the claimant is entitled to an award and the quantum of the award. In this paper, I am going to share with you some key elements that must be included to help a just extension of time […]

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Claims – Getting it Right

I have performed assessments of several claims on a large project on behalf of the employer and consultant’s teams and most of the assessments have had to go through two or more revisions. The reason for this is that after the initial claim assessment, which was made based on the information the Contractor submitted with […]

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Procedure for the Review of Claims

A frequently asked question on our Claims Class training courses is “how should the engineer (or other party responsible for responding to a claim) ensure that he is being fair to both parties when making a decision or determination?” In my experience, claim submissions range from totally inadequately expressed claims to very well-presented documents but […]

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