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Prolongation Cost Claims – The Basic Principles

August 2017

HKA Quantum Expert, Craig Enderbury, sets out the basic principles of prolongation cost claims using a simple and hypothetical example. He highlights the common pitfalls of assuming time equals money and the misguided application of rates and prices from preliminaries schedule of rates/bill of quantities.

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THE PROVISIONAL SUM LOOPHOLE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

June 2017

Provisional Sums or Problematic Sums! Daniel Rimmer, Managing Consultant with the HKA Dubai team, describes the time and money risks associated with the commonplace practice of inserting provisional sums under FIDIC forms of contract in the region.

Peer reviewed by Jeffrey Badman (Senior Vice President) and James McCarthy (Vice President), the article is due for publication in ME Consultant – September 2017.

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THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF PROJECT FINANCING

April 2017

Earlier this year, HKA was invited by mass media giant Thomson Reuters to participate in a round table discussion on the use of Public-Private Partnerships within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The discussion examined the success of this procurement model to date, how such structures could be used in the future to ease budgetary pressure on government finances, and how the approach could act as catalyst to re-invigorate the wider construction market. HKA’s Andrew Ward, Director, Middle East Advisory, based in Dubai, UAE, joined representatives from the legal, financial, technical and commercial industry to discuss these and other key strategic issues for the GCC and wider Middle East region. The results of the discussion and set out in the attached paper.

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Opportunity and Risk in Project Data

April 2017

This paper looks to inform AEC business leaders considering investment in building information modelling (BIM) enabling technology or searching for answers as to why perceived benefits have not been realised. It introduces Construction Informatics as the application of advanced technology and knowledge management to built assets, concepts including informational liquidity and how a data epiphany is key for leaders looking to capitalise on the unparalleled opportunity of 21st century project delivery.

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QUANTIFYING DISRUPTION WITH THE SYSTEM DYNAMICS MODEL – A BRIEF EXPLANATION

March 2017

Disruptions frequently lead to the project schedule and subsequent completion date slipping, as well as cost overruns from inefficiencies. Quantification of disruption often remains problematic, leaving the analyst with a degree of uncertainty. In this article, HKA’s Thomas Hofbauer and Nicole Mörchen briefly discuss how system dynamics methodology can be used to quantify disruption with regard to the time and cost of projects.

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Delay And Disruption In Construction Contracts Book Review

March 2016

HKA Associate Director, John Delaney, reviews the 5th edition of Delay and Disruption in Construction Contracts 5th edition, Andrew Burr (Didcot: Routledge, 2016), 1152pp, hardback, £375, ISBN: 978-1-13894-066-6. He outlines why the book remains the standard point of reference for construction professionals and legal practitioners when any of the issues which it deals with arise.

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Expert Determination: A User’s Guide

February 2016

In its simplest terms expert determination is a relatively quick, cost effective and binding method of dispute resolution. It is also hailed as being an informal process but, as HKA Vice President Tim McGoldrick explores briefly in this article, establishing the rules for an expert determination is anything but an “informal” process.

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