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(CDR-3147) A New Role for Project Control Professionals on Dispute Boards

Level: Intermediate
Venue: 2019 AACE International Conference & Expo, June 16-19, 2019, New Orleans, LA, USA

Abstract: Dispute Resolution Boards (DRBs) came into the U.S. construction industry in the 1970s. Yet many in the industry are not familiar with these Boards or the DRB process. The paper discusses the history, effectiveness and cost of this alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process. The paper summarizes the typical DRB process. Project controls professionals (schedulers, estimators, cost control professionals) have long participated in the DRB process by assisting clients with preparation for or presentations at dispute hearings. Traditionally, Dispute Boards have been made up of an owner, a contractor, and a design professional or specialty consultant depending upon the nature of the project. The paper explores whether project controls professionals – specifically AACE certified members - can help make Dispute Boards more effective. The paper identifies ways that AACE certified members can add value to the DRB process and help contribute to dispute resolution on many projects as members of Dispute Resolution Boards.