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A Crystal Ball - Early Warning Signs of Construction Claims & Disputes (CCL261C)

  • Product Format
    Pre Recorded Webinar
  • Presenter(s)
    James G. Zack Jr. CCM, CFCC, FAACE, FRICS, PMP
  • Conference Date
    Tue, June 6, 2017
  • Length
    90 minutes

Identify the Early Warning Signs of Construction Claims and Disputes

It is self-evident that disputes and claims do not just appear out of nowhere on a project. We know from experience that when a dispute happens, there is usually an event, back story, lack of decisions, decisions etc. involved which can be traced to the reason that led to the rise of the dispute – it can be traced back from a few weeks to several years. These past events or decisions are typically identified as the “early warning signs” of disputes and claims. Typically, these early warning signs are identified only at the end of the project when claims are filed and the claim consultants and attorneys interview or question the project team and go through the project documents. And, in hindsight, many project team members say “If only I had recognized that then!”

Research reveals there is little literature setting forth a detailed list of early warning signs of pending construction claims and disputes. Based on the collective observations of Navigant’s Global Construction Practice the Forum collated these early warning signs into the typical phases of a project including, Bid or Proposal Phase, Initial Contract Phase and Construction Phase

This webinar by our expert speaker James G. Zack, Jr. also identifies which party should watch for which early warning sign and what sort of claim or dispute may arise. This session will provide you with a thorough discussion of many early warning signs of potential construction claims and disputes that may arise on construction projects.

Each warning sign is associated with a particular type of claim or claims and the likely type of dispute if prompt action is not taken. The purpose of the webinar is to provide owners and contractors with a list of early warning signs of claims and disputes so that each can be proactive in dealing with these situations and prevent claims and disputes from disrupting the project.

Session Highlights:

  • A comprehensive list of early warning signs of claims and disputes.
  • Warning signs reviewed in 3 distinct project phases: Bid or Proposal Phase, Initial Contract Phase and Construction Phase.
  • Identify which party should watch for which warning sign.
  • Discuss what sort of claim or dispute is likely to arise from which warning sign.
  • Identify what actions contractors and owners can take to resolve such potential claim situations and prevent or resolve disputes when some of these warning signs are observed.


  • Learn about a large number of early warning signs of claims and disputes.
  • Learn what types of claims and disputes can arise from each warning sign
  • Understand what must be done to prevent such follow on claims and avoid disputes

Who should attend?

  • Owners and owner representatives managing capital improvement projects.
  • Contractor executives, project managers, project sponsors and project control personnel.
  • Construction managers and design professionals performing services during construction

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About the Presenter(s)


Jim is the Senior Advisor to the recently formed Ankura Construction Forum™. The Forum strives to be the construction industry’s resource for thought leadership and best practices on avoidance and resolution of construction project disputes globally. Jim was the founder and Executive ...More Info

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