6 Questions Construction Contractors Must Answer to Manage Delay and Disruption Claims

In a construction delay and disruption dispute, the judge or adjudicator will usually base judgement on a key overriding factor: how the decisions that the project administrator or project manager should have taken at the time the delay happened compared with the actions that were actually taken.
The examination of a delay and disruption claim will often call into question the promises that were made at the outset of the programme, the quality of the project planning, the methods and validity of communication between contractor and employer, the competencies of individuals involved in project planning and the contrator’s administrative procedures.
The granularity of the information required to fulfill these information needs and the scrutiny under which information is placed can come as a shock to many facing a delay and disruption proceeding for the first time.
There are many aspects of a programme that will be analysed during a delay claim and the contractor must be in a position to have answers to those questions that will fall under the scrutiny of a delay and disruption adjudicator or judge. Following are six of the most poignant questions that will require explanation:
1. Is the contract programme which has been signed off by the client the same programme that the contractor has been following?
2. Has the contractor been officially recording all strategic assumptions associated with the programme, Adair Homes Floor Plans like the duration of key activities, the requirements of third-party involvement, and so on?
3. Has all project progress been entered and updated accurately and in a timely fashion into an accessible repository, and are any remaining durations accurate?
4. Do the records show clearly the resources that were planned against those that were deployed? List Of Building Materials For A House Is there clear evidence of the activities that each of the resources was engaged upon?
5. Can the contractor produce sufficient and specific evidence to support each change event?
These are not the only questions and there is perhaps one further, crucial, question:
6. Do the available records match those of the other parties?
They are ‘scary’ questions and it’s tough to provide concrete evidence on all of the above unless you have ensured from day one that you have the capability to capture that information. Reputations are at stake during delay and disruption disputes. Spreadsheet project management templates are simply not enough. Having professional construction project management tools in place to manage every programme, and learning how to use them to support project time management, project communications with the customer and good collaboration is one of the only ways to mitigate the risk.…

How to Manage Sub-Contractors and Keep Costs Down

As we all know money isn’t just growing on trees in this current financial climate. So extending, repairing or renovating your place of residency can be quite a daunting and expensive process. Ill share with you how to manage projects so you pay the absolute minimum for contractors and materials.
Before you start any project around the home, DO YOUR RESEARCH. Be thorough and research what materials you will need to use, what council/government House Plan 4382 restrictions and codes you must abide to, whether the project has to be engineer designed and lastly the process of how the project is constructed.
There are many factors why project costs can be considerably higher if a contractor is used. They include, operating Nominated Subcontractor and overheads for the business, risk, insurances, licensing, tools and tool maintenance and the list goes on.
If you employ a primary contractor to carry out a project he/she will generally add 10-15 percent of every sub-contractors fee onto their quote. eg. You employ a builder to renovate your kitchen, he/she will get quotes from plumbers/ electricians/ cabinet makers etc. After the builder receives these quotes he/she will add 10-15% to this quote as a fee for managing the Builder will also add 10-15% to all materials he/she sources for the project also.
I am a qualified bricklayer so ill give you an example of how you would micro manage the construction of a retaining wall.
Firstly I would contact the local council and verify that I am permitted to build the retaining wall in the location I am planning to build. Then I would contact my local, or state building authority and verify if the retaining wall needs to be engineer designed. If so then I would contact several engineers or engineering companies and arrange quotes.
Lets just say the job requires an engineer designed construction.
Once an engineer has drawn up a detailed construction plan, you should write out a plan or schedule for the trades required in this construction process, and the materials and quantities required. This can be calculated off the plans supplied by the engineer. For this job it would be something like this:
Excavator operator-dig Footing and back fill the wall.
Steel fixers- To construct steel reinforcment cage.
Concretors- To pour and level concrete footing.
Brick or Blocklayer- Lay Bricks or Blocks and insert horizontal and verticle steel reinforcement.
Concrete pump (if building a block wall)- Fill wall.
Water proofer- Water proof the back of wall to prevent moisture coming through wall.
renderer or painter- If required.
Never just get one quote. You should aim to get 3 quotes from every trade as prices will vary from hundreds to thousands of dollars. Ask for quotes for labour only, and for labour and materials. Some sub-contractors will have trade accounts with suppliers and be able to get materials at a discounted rate.
If the subcontractor can get the materials cheaper than you, obviously sign them on a labour and materials contract but …