Who Pays for the Unexpected in Construction

by Ron Gibson, GeoGrout Inc, Pennsauken, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Preparing for Construction in the 21st Century


A grouting contractor's point of view on who pays for the unexpected in construction is presented. Because grouting can be used as an alternative for other construction procedures, the grouting procedures have to be tailored to the particular construction problem and ground conditions. The specifications have to be flexible enough to permit the procedures and mixes to be changed to treat the conditions actually encountered. For the grouting contractor, the problems of the unexpected are almost diametrically opposite to those of the General Contractor, because problems are presumed to be unexpected. Eventually, the Owner has to pay for the unexpected in grouting. In general, disputes and claims can be minimized idf we recognize the inevitability of the unexpected and write contract procedures and specifications to allow for changes when warranted.

Subject Headings: Construction management | Grouting | Contracts and subcontracts | Owners | Risk management | Permits | Dispute resolution | Claims

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