Construction Claim Analysis: How to Make an Effective Claim


Construction is a complex undertaking that requires a level of precision when working with several parties. Suppliers, builders, management, operators and everyone else must be on the same page to make sure that a project is handled on time. If these elements fail at any point, there is a stoppage and an eventual claim to be filed. There is no winning formula for a claim, but there are several steps you can take to make sure you have plenty of information in your claim to back up your story.

Use Graphs

Let’s say that the dispute at hand relates to a supply shortage. In a situation like this, a visual representation of lost time and money would be effective in telling your side of the case. Using actual data from your budget and schedule, create a graph that illustrates exactly what was lost as the materials diminished over time. This also helps you establish several instances where the other side could have attempted to fulfill their obligation.

Understand the Claim Being Filed

If the dispute does involve material shortages, it helps to understand exactly the kind of claim that needs to be filed. Construction advisory services exist for this very reason. Their job is to sort through the minutiae and discover whether you’re dealing with a claim for work stoppage, delay or a problem with owner-furnished items.

A full analysis of the materials should verify this evidence and help to illustrate the claim. There is also a period of time where the owner can dispute your claim, so be prepared to work with the owner on scheduling your resolution. Time is definitely money in construction.

Bio: Lyle Charles Consulting is a firm that specializes in interim project management, turnaround services and construction mediation. Lyle Charles is a certified expert witness and a structural steel expert.