Just as the businesses and economies have cycles, capital projects (particularly engineering and construction) have recurring cycles. The pendulum swings back and forth within the bounds of the capital project cycle. In capital projects, the cycle can be three to five years, depending on the economy, size and complexity of the projects and other factors.
At this time, the market seems to be transitioning from project planning and early execution into middle to later-stage execution with emergence of disputes. As the claims and disputes marketplace intensifies over the next several years, Construction Claims and Disputes will become an increasingly commonplace and a relevant topic for capital project management professionals.
Construction Claims and Disputes continues to be the most popular subject on Project Professionals. Further, it is the most requested line of services provided by McLaughlin & McLaughlin. M&M are project management practitioners (in the field) and, yes, we practice what we preach. Further, our choice of topics for Project Professionals posts is driven by and reflective of practical and current issues. This is not esoteric, academic or hypothetical “stuff”.
This summary update provides readers with an overview of prior posts and provides a baseline for future posts that will follow on a timely basis. Initially, this Subject Series, Construction Claims and Disputes, was posted during January 2011 through July 2014. During the past several years, greater than 25% of views by visitors have been to this Subject Series.