Avoiding Contractor Disputes During Project Designby Robert A. Keith, New Jersey Transit Rail Operations, Newark, NJ, USA,
Abstract: The New Jersey Transit Corporation is in the second phase of a billion dollar rebuilding program of its rail system. The first phase, which featured electrification and signal system replacement, was a new type of construction activity for the state, and there was considerable difficulty between the new owners, the designers, and the multiple prime contractors. Work was carried out under traffic with a host of 'superproject' type of technical and management problems. One step taken in the second phase to avoid these difficulties, was a special effort on claims mitigation and the avoidance of contractor disputes. This was done by including a claims specialist from the construction management profession on the design team. The objective was to give a critical, additional dimension to the design process and increase the probability that specifications would be less prone to future disputes.
Subject Headings: Contractors and subcontractors | Project management | Dispute resolution | Rail transportation | Claims | Traffic management | New Jersey | North America | United States
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