Construction Claims Management

Course Description

This course will provide a basic understanding of the risks, liabilities, and responsibilities involved in today's construction industry. The types of construction claims, causes and ways to avoid and minimize problem situations on construction projects, and how to effectively resolve disputes that inevitably arise will be covered.

The course will be presented in an interactive style, using real life examples. Case studies of actual claims situations including in-depth review of various causes of actions will be presented.

Participants will be given practical, hands-on advice and guidance concerning the following topics:

The responsibilities and liabilities of engineers, owners, and contractors Claims vs. Change orders

  • Types of Claims
  • Changes Claims
  • Impact Claims
  • Performance Quality Claims
  • Bad Faith Claims

Causes of Claims

  • Contract
  • Fast Track Construction
  • Design Errors
  • Contract Administration
  • Pre – Design Investigation
  • Contractor Problems
  • Owner Problems
  • Project Conditions
  • Outside Forces

Liability and Contract Interpretation Cost of Claims
Direct Cost
Indirect Cost
Consequential Costs (Impact Damages)

Claims Management
Dispute Resolution
Ethical Issues

Text Book

Levin, P. (1998. Construction Contract Claims, Changes & Dispute Resolution. ASCE Press. 2nd Ed. ISBN 0-7844-0276-0.
Bramble, B., D'Onofrio, M., and Stetson, J. (1990). Avoiding and Resolving Construction Claims. RS MEANS Company, Inc. MA. USA. ISBN 0-87629-180-90


Civitello, A. (1987). Contractor's Guide to Change Orders. Prentice-Hall, Inc. New Jersey. ISBN 0-13-171588-7.

Schwartzkopf, W. and McNamara, J. Calculating Construction Damages. Aspen Publishers. ISBN 13 978-0-7355-1480-5.Pinnell, S. (1998). How to Get Paid for Construction Changes: Preparation and Resolution Tools and Techniques. McGraw-Hill Professional. ISBN: 0070502293

Rubin, R., Fairweather, V. and Guy, S. (1999). Construction Claims: Prevention and Resolution, 3rd Edition. John Wiley & Sons .

Grading Policy

  • Term Projects                                       40-50 %
  • Papers Presentations                           10-20 %
  • Final Exam.                                          40 %

The above grading policy will be discussed and students will be allowed to provide their suggestions and recommendations.

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