Delay Analysis in Construction Contracts

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Delay Analysis in Construction Contracts

Construction delay claims are a common occurrence in projects. When they
arise they need to be evaluated quickly and managed effi ciently. However, the
whole topic of delay and the various analytical techniques available is one
which provokes much debate and controversy due to the seemingly complex
and sometimes confl icting guidance provided on these techniques. The purpose
of this book is to serve as a practical guide to the process of delay evaluation
and includes an in-depth review of the primary delay analysis methodologies
available.



The chapters fl ow logically from an overview of construction programmes
in Chapter 2 through to the identifi cation and analysis of delays in Chapters 3
and 4. Due to the complexity of construction contracts and the varying levels
of familiarity with programmes or delay analysis, problematic issues arise
from time to time when preparing or reviewing claims for additional time. The
more common problematic issues are reviewed in Chapter 5 followed by a
commentary on some recommended presentation approaches and a case study
in Chapter 6.
The views we express are based on combined experience of over fi fty years
working on a wide range of projects and dealing with programming and delay
issues. In practice, most projects are delivered within acceptable time and cost
parameters. However, when there is disagreement over the responsibility for
unacceptable delays to project completion, major disputes can arise due to the
failure to manage the impact of change, and claims for additional time, in a
timely or effective manner during the course of the project. In these situations
there is a requirement for reliable analysis and assessment of the delay impact
which addresses qualitative, quantitative and entitlement perspectives to facilitate
an agreement. Much of course turns on the selection and implementation
of the most appropriate delay analysis technique. Currently there is little
by way of formal instruction in the understanding and application of these
techniques with many practitioners being self taught.

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