Avoiding Contract Disputes

by Thomas A. Poulin, (M.ASCE), Construction Group Leader; U.S. Forest Service, 1720 Peachtree Rd., NW, Atlanta, GA 30309,

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-484-9 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-484-6 (ISBN-10), 1985, Soft Cover, Pg. 157

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Conference information: A Symposium | Detroit, Michigan, United States | Oct. 21-22, 1985

Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book - Proceedings


Contract disputes among parties involved in the construction project are very expensive in both time and dollars. Owners, designers, construction managers and contractors all share in the responsibility of improving their efforts to reduce disputes and ultimately claims. Methods successfully employed in reducing the risk of unnecessary claims include constructibility reviews, proper specifying with the or equal clause, use of standard specifications, addition of a claims specialist on the design team, effective communication, thorough documentation, improved quality of inspection, and the role of the engineer in the construction phase.

Subject Headings: Dispute resolution | Contracts and subcontracts | Claims | Construction methods | Construction management | Team building | Standards and codes


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