Delay Analysis for DSU and BI Claims

Forensic timeline delay analysis

Our forensic timeline delay analysis is internationally recognised for prompt and efficient delivery of clarity to Delay in Start-Up (DSU) and Business Interruption (BI) claims of the highest value and complexity.

At CCi, we understand that time is money where DSU and BI are concerned. That’s why we offer specialised delay analysis developed specifically for global insurance markets to help insurers and policyholders effectively manage, assess, and mitigate project delays. Our professional consultants recognise that DSU and BI claims must proceed harmoniously with projects’ or policyholders’ existing construction management procedures.

Understanding delay analysis in construction

What is delay analysis in insurance?

Delay analysis in the context of a DSU claim is the process of initially identifying the exposure to delay resulting from insurable events and assessing the potential to mitigate this exposure before ultimately establishing the date that a project would have achieved commercial operation had the insurable incidents not occurred. Under the context of a BI claim, the timeline analysis process will concentrate on initially identifying mitigation strategies to minimise the interruption period and ultimately establishing the interruption period as a direct consequence of an insurable event.

Why is schedule analysis on DSU and BI claims important?

Delay, timeline, or schedule analysis is crucial for managing schedules, controlling costs, mitigating risks, avoiding disputes, and enhancing the overall claims experience. Insurance policies are different to construction contracts and the techniques, approaches, and experience required to successfully review delay under the context of a DSU or BI claim distinctly differs to that traditionally available.

Our delay analysis services

Our specialised delay analysis services for DSU and BI claims provide a comprehensive range of solutions designed to identify, analyse, and bring clarity to the complexities of time-element issues in insurance. For the past 25 years, CCi has uniquely developed these services exclusively for global insurance markets and are unrivalled in this endeavour. 

Delay in Start-Up (DSU)

The CCi team has advised on more than 500 DSU claims on projects all over the world.

Our highly trained experts can clarify DSU matters by examining a project’s critical path, identifying the likely benefit of any mitigation strategies, and determining when commercial operations would have commenced had no insured events occurred.

Many clients use our services in advance of a submitted DSU claim to establish accurate decision-making for loss mitigation, formulate potential exposure considerations, and create the foundations for a successful resolution. 

Our expert DSU and BI delay analysis includes advice on:

  • Pre-incident project status
  • Consideration of mitigation measures and Increased Cost of Working (ICOW) claims
  • Verification of critical path and near critical work packages
  • Impact of float and concurrent delays
  • Policy endorsements
  • Relationship between CAR/EAR and marine cargo policy forms
  • Potential implications of defect exclusions and LEG clauses

Business Interruption (BI)

CCi has delivered timeline services on many of the world’s largest BI losses across numerous industries. Time element claims are our expertise.

Our time, cost, and technical experts have comprehensive knowledge spanning all types of industries and provide the support and insight to expedite any reinstatement project. This reduces the risk of extended interruption or business downtime, limiting business interruption exposures.

Scheduling specialists objectively identify the reinstatement/repair scope, planned turnaround/maintenance works, and any opportunistic upgrade or betterment works. We confirm to policyholders the most cost-effective ways to minimise BI exposure and ensure transparency for all parties.

Our years of experience supporting global insurance markets has taught us that time management services work best when integrated with cost and technical expertise to fully leverage mitigation strategies.

This approach can take advantage of the links between these disciplines, resulting in accurate and agile decision making on technical engineering solutions, cost breakdowns, and time management. 

Contact us

Contact us to explore how our DSU and BI services can help you minimise loss exposure, avoid disputes, and provide enhanced claims experiences. 

Example Projects

Auckland, New Zealand

Puhoi to Warkworth Motorway

CCi provided Independent delay expert service for the Contractor. The project was delivered through Public-Private Partnership between the New Zealand Government and the Northern Express Group (NX2) to design and construct a four-lane highway with a central median safety barrier.


7.5 Hectare Central Business District Development

CCi was appointed to quantify delay suffered to the construction of two commercial towers (43 and 39 floors respectively) in Sydney’s Central Business District (CBD) following a fire within the shared basement.