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Delay Analysis & Programming

Delays are a feature of many construction projects, and frequently lead to arguments about the payment of liquidated damages by the contractor on the one hand, and reimbursement of additional costs to the contractor on the other hand.

On major projects it is common for there to be a complex interaction of many delaying events which require careful and detailed analysis in order to determine those events which have caused the critical delays to the project. This critical path analysis is generally required to establish responsibilities for delays. It may also be necessary to investigate other non-critical delays to assist in the ascertainment of disruption claims. Consideration must be given to the principles used to establish which delaying events are given precedence in the analysis, and principles such as concurrent delays and dominant causes of delay must be understood and considered for application.

Construction methods, sequences and durations must also be understood in order that the proper time for delaying events can be established.

Cannonway’s staff have the practical experience required to carry out this work and frequently advise on causes of delay and the contractual responsibilities for delays, as well as the preparation of programming expert reports.

Cannonway provide several programming delay analysis techniques utilizing CPM (Critical Path Method) to define and illustrate the project delay events which impacted the critical path of the project. The narrative report with which these programmes and delays are explained are further supported using bold graphic illustrations to clearly identify the position to the arbitrator or judge in a readily comprehensible manner. Cannonway are familiar with and utilize project management & planning software such as Primavera and Microsoft Project

Clarity of presentation and a mastery of the facts also defuse cross-examination, so it is important to have as your expert witness someone who knows not only theoretical analysis, but has the requisite practical experience to back it up.

These services can also be used in alliance with our Contractual and Commercial services and expert advice in quantum matters.

Through the I.P.R.A. system (Independent Project Review & Analysis) utilized by Cannonway, we aim to provide assistance to our clients in one of two ways.

I.P.R.A. (Option 1) – Cannonway will undertake an independent review and analysis of the project(s) programme schedule status. Cannonway will document, record and update the project progress status in the form of progress reports on a daily / weekly / monthly basis. This service provides our client with a totally independent, accurate and unbiased view of project progress status. Cannonway’s independent reports reassure senior management they are informed of the ‘real’ facts which are not subject to any prejudices and political pressures which may occur through internal report procedures.

I.P.R.A. (Option 2) – Cannonway’s I.P.R.A. service further offers our client the option to carry out at its discretion an overall Project Evaluation. Cannonway will assess from a new and totally ‘fresh’ perspective existing project difficulties, and provide constructive / realistic solutions be they matters of Cash Flow / Budget / Costs, Programming, Procurement or Construction Methodology. We believe this service will provide the proactive answers clients need to offer best solution alternatives to project problems such as cost, time or project management difficulties.

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