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The potential value of data analytics in avoiding construction disputes

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How data analytics tools and techniques can unlock the value of data gathered during construction projects.

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Our next seminar with Ashghal is on the topic of how data analytics tools and techniques can unlock the value of data gathered during construction to support project management and dispute resolution. As well as Ashghal we are delighted to have the support of the Chartered Institute of Building, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and expert speakers from PwC. It will be of particular interest to clients, contractors and consultants.

This is the third event in our mini-series on best practice in avoiding formal disputes.

Part 1 on 29 April 2019 was on how claims in respect of Variations and Extensions of Time should be dealt with during the life of the project.

Part 2 on 16 June 2019 was on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and in particular, the process of Expert Determination (which is contained in the 2018 Ashghal contract as well as other standard forms in Qatar) as an intermediate step towards resolution of claims without using courts or arbitral tribunals.

Part 3 on 9 September 2019 will provide an overview of the data analytics tools and techniques available which can help unlock the value of the data gathered during construction. Whilst delivery organisations have seen considerable benefits of using CAD / BIM tools, Scheduling and Cost Management Software, ERP systems and even email to more effectively manage their projects, disputes and claims, with the specific exception of delay analysis, still largely rely on the use of more more manual, hard copy focused techniques to support their work. Key messages will include:

  • There are more efficient ways of doing this which take advantage of the great advances in data capture and analytics technologies from other industries where data is recognized as a key organisational resource which can be leveraged to great advantage.
  • Construction generates significant volumes of data during delivery which is stored in electronic formats which, if you have the data science capability to capture, integrate and analyse it, can deliver significant benefits during construction delivery and, when it doesn't go to plan, disputes.
  • Using tools and techniques such eDiscovery to search and review project documents and communications, machine learning to supplement and support expert analysis and other analytics tools to clearly and efficiently communicate insights and analysis, significant efficiencies can be delivered over current methods through more shorter analysis timescales, more effective utilization of expert resources and, where analysis tools are put in place early enough, potential avoidance of the dispute in its entirety
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