Three Tips for Effective Management of Construction Variations

The old soldiers' saying goes that no battle plan survives contact with the enemy. By a similar token, in the construction world no preliminary plan survives site excavation, pouring concrete, or any of the myriad other tasks involved in bringing a project from blueprint to reality. Even the best drawn construction contracts require "variations" - changes, big and small, to anything covered by the original agreement, from design, to materials, to workmanship, to payment, to completion schedule, and so on.

Headed to "Rapid Adjudication"? Here's What You Need to Know.

If there's one thing we know about construction projects, it's that payment disputes are a fact of life. Maybe some workmanship doesn't meet your expectations when a progress payment comes due. Maybe there are line items on an invoice that seem inflated. Maybe your contractor swears you agreed to an expensive adjustment that you can't recall. However one of these disputes arises, there's a good chance it will end up in "rapid adjudication" if you and your contractor can't resolve it between yourselves. So just what is "rapid adjudication" and how can you put your best foot forward? We're here to help you sort it out.

What is Rapid Adjudication?

As explained in this Government of Western Australia summary, rapid adjudication is a process through which any party to a construction contract in Australia can seek a quick resolution of a payment dispute. The process starts when, after a payment dispute has arisen, either party serves the other with a complaint. The other party must then respond. An adjudicator is appointed, either by agreement of the parties or by an appointer. The adjudicator - who is a trained professional with experience in construction disputes - has wide discretion to decide how best to investigate and resolve the claim, which may include inviting the parties to a conference and inspecting the construction site. The adjudication concludes with a determination by the adjudicator of who should hold the money in dispute. That determination is final and binding. 

How Can I Make the Most of Rapid Adjudication?

To put your best foot forward in an adjudication, particularly one you didn't start, here are some simple guidelines:

  • Mind deadlines, and try to avoid being the party to ask for extensions.
  • Be clear, direct, and sober in your arguments.
  • Confront accusations and "bad facts" head-on.
  • Provide documentary support for your positions, if available.
  • Be as cooperative and helpful with the adjudicator as possible.

As a general rule, remember that the more you can show the adjudicator that you are in command of the details of your project, from quality control to contracts administration, the better your chances of prevailing, particularly if the arguments boil down to "he said, she said" with a contractor.

We Can Help

Our third-party estimating services can help support your case in a rapid adjudication. Our estimations are timely and accurate - just the sort of extra, detailed perspective that an adjudicator might need to confirm that your position is the correct one. We can also help guide you through the process. We've been there, and have seen what works and what doesn't. So, if you're facing down a rapid adjudication on your project, contact us today to discuss how we can be of service.

How to Win More Work: 6 Reasons You Need an Email List

As a construction company, chances are, you aren't used to sending out a lot of emails. You rely on word of mouth and personal connections within your network to help build your business. Unfortunately, if you aren't using an email list, you're missing out on a number of great opportunities to connect with your clients! There are several key reasons why having--and using--your email list will ultimately benefit your business. 

The Importance of Diversifying your Construction Business

For the past ten years, the Australian construction industry has enjoyed substantial growth. With the number of residential building approvals increasing noticeably since 2009, individuals in the construction industry have remained active with new projects. However, forward-thinking tradies are diversifying to ensure that they shield themselves from an inevitable market slowdown.

Tips for Successful Project Estimates

If you are in need of a project to be done, you are going to want to make a call about an estimate. And if you are looking for an estimate, you will want to be prepared with everything you need to save you time and headache. With this in mind, here is everything you need to know for your next manufacturing quote and project estimate. 

Be Specific

The first thing you need to know to prepare yourself to get a quote is to be specific about your needs. It may seem like a lot to put this together but it will save you time in the long run. This will help you get as close as possible to the actually price and will save you from any unnecessary surprises.

A Quick Call

If you are prepared with all of the necessary information, it should only take about fifteen minutes on the phone to nail things down. Providing us with the most accurate details of your project as possible will help us get through the phone call quickly and help us give you the most correct estimation we can. If you do this, you may be able to get your quote as soon as the same day or the next. 

We want to help you make your project run as smoothly as possible. If you have any questions or if you are ready to get an estimate, please contact us today. We hope to be hearing from you soon!