Estimating the Cost of Structural Repairs

Accurately assessing the cost of structural repairs is one of the key issues addressed by experts in construction arbitration and litigation. In this article D. Neil Sinclair gives useful advice to ensure that an accurate costing is achieved, as well as explaining why it is an extremely useful business tool. Any repair project is a […]

Prolonged or Elongated?

Introduction During a lecture given by a construction judge, I made the following handwritten note on my handout. “It is clear and understandable that the law permits those whose tenure on site has been extended involuntarily, the opportunity to be repaid for their additional time.” Twenty years have passed since I made that note but […]

Loss of Productivity Claims: Where do we begin?

Introduction Production loss claims are one of the key issues addressed by quantum experts in construction arbitration and litigation, and because such a variety of factors can cause lost productivity, such claims are notoriously difficult to evidence. The primary problem that we encounter when trying to value lost production is that we often begin from […]

How a forensic engineer differs from a design engineer

When there is a structural failure, it is important to understand the differences between the expertise and skills required to investigate that failure as opposed to the skills required to design and construct a new structure. For forensic engineers, ‘detective’ skills, in addition to ‘design’ skills, are a key requirement.  A good forensic engineer will […]

The Project Programme Should Be a PM’s Best Friend

The growth over the last 20 years of the use of project management software has been a success story. Many project managers and end users now routinely use and rely on software like MS Project, Power Project or Primavera P6 to schedule their projects and the days of manual bar charts in Excel are thankfully […]

Why I Joined a Specialist Insurance Consultancy

CCi and I both have the same passion and share a common view that the landscape for insurance claims is changing, particularly for property risks which are becoming ever more complex and technical in nature. Insurers, Brokers, and their respective clients are continually seeking a value-added approach to the claims’ experience, meanwhile the total cost […]

DSU and Increased Cost of Working – A Stitch in Time…

From a Delay Analysis perspective, increased Cost of Work (ICoW) is a bit of an insurance policy outlier. Generally speaking, as a matter of indemnity we would be looking to reinstate the insured to the position they would have been in had the Damage not occurred, or ‘but for’ Damage. To achieve this objective requires […]

Is Remote Working the New Normal?

As we near the end of lockdown 2.0, I’m sure many of us are wondering what 2021 will bring in terms of the way we continue to work and go about our business. The phrase “welcome to the new ‘Normal’” has been bandied around for a while now. We must certainly hope that there is […]

Project Controls Fundamentals and Interrelationship with Insurance Claims

One of the best mentors I have been fortunate enough to work for once proclaimed “there is no difference in managing a schedule of work with 100 activities, 1,000 activities or 10,000 activities – everything will boil down to the basic fundamentals of good Project Controls and Planning practices”. Clearly this statement is debatable on […]