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(CDR-1757) Pricing and Proving Delay Claims

Primary Author: Mr. Michael Berta and Mr. Josh Ritti

Audience Focus: Intermediate
Application Type: Application
Venue: 2014 AACE International Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, USA

Abstract: While many construction projects experience delays, properly pricing and proving the delays has become increasingly difficult as owners have learned to limit their exposure to delay claims. This paper will provide a methodology to price and prove delay damages on any type of construction project. The paper will identify common pitfalls and mistakes made when developing delay claims. It provides an overview and comparison of schedule delay analysis methodologies commonly employed by scheduling experts, providing both advantages and disadvantages of each method. It will explain how a contractor’s accounting system can be used to price and prove a delay claim. The paper discusses contract clauses used by owners to limit delay damages and ways contractors can counter such contractual obligations. This paper will leave the reader with an understanding of how certain scheduling and delay damage calculations that are widely accepted in the construction industry can be employed to help quantify the damages resulting from unforeseen time impacts and maximize the opportunity for recovery of damages resulting from such impacts.