Delay Analysis in Construction Contracts
September 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
This book is a practical guide to the process of delay analysis
and includes an in-depth review of the primary methods of delay
analysis, together with the assumptions that underlie the precise
calculations required in any quantitative delay analysis. The
techniques discussed can be used on projects of any size, under all
forms of construction contract, both domestic and
The authors discuss not only delay analysis techniques, but also
their appropriateness under given circumstances, demonstrating how
combined approaches may be applied where necessary. They also
consider problematic issues including ‘who owns the
float’, concurrent delay, early completion programmes, and
disruption. The book, which is well illustrated, features practical
worked examples and case studies demonstrating the techniques
commonly used by experienced practitioners.
This is an invaluable resource to contractors, architects, engineers, surveyors, programmers and delay analysts, and will also be of interest to clients’ professional advisors managing extension of time or delay claims, as well as construction lawyers who require a better understanding of the underlying assumptions on which many quantitative delay analyses are based.
1.1.1 Purpose of ‘delay analysis in construction’.
1.1.3 Construction planning and programming.
1.2 Construction delays.
1.2.1 Identifying delays.
1.2.2 Analysing construction delays.
1.2.3 Delay claim life-cycle.
1.3 Burning issues in delay analysis.
1.4 Presentation and case study.
2 Construction Programmes.
2.1.1 Planning, Programming and Project Controls.
2.1.2 Elements of a successful project.
2.2 Planning and Programming.
2.2.1 Project Planning.
2.2.2 Work Breakdown Structure.
2.3 CPM Programming Techniques; the Fundamentals.
2.3.1 Activity Durations.
2.3.2 Activity Relationships.
2.3.3 Event Date Calculations.
2.3.4 Forward Pass.
2.3.5 Backward Pass.
2.3.6 Total Float.
2.4 Baseline Validation.
2.4.1 Joint Baseline Review.
2.4.2 Programme Approval.
2.4.3 The Project Baseline.
2.5 Other Planning Techniques.
2.5.1 PERT – Project Evaluation and Review Technique.
2.5.2 Gantt Charts (Bar Charts).
2.5.3 Line of Balance.
2.5.4 Critical Chain Method/Theory of Constraints.
2.6 Why use CPM Planning or Scheduling Techniques?.
2.6.1 Project Management.
2.6.2 As-planned programmes.
2.7 Project Controls and the Project Control Cycle.
2.7.1 Progress Monitoring.
2.7.2 Process and Analyse Information, Earned Value Method.
2.7.3 The Cost and Schedule Performance Curves.
2.7.4 Time Control.
2.7.5 Programme Updates.
2.8 Records, Records, Records….
2.8.1 Electronic Records.
2.9 Predatory Programming Practices.
3 Identification of Construction Delays.
3.1 Establishing a Basis for Identifying Delay.
3.1.1 General Requirements.
3.1.2 Validation of an As-Planned Programme.
3.2 Factual Evidence and As-Built Programmes.
3.2.1 As-Built Programme Preparation.
3.3 Identification of Delay Events.
3.3.1 Delay Identification.
3.3.2 Recording Delays.
3.4 Identification and Analysis of Disruption.
3.4.1. Disruption and Delay.
3.4.2 Calculating Disruption.
3.4.3 Establishing Cause.
3.4.4 Total Cost Claims/Global Claims.
3.4.5 Measured Mile.
3.4.6 Graphical Presentation.
4 Analysis of Construction Delays.
4.1 Introduction to Delay Analysis Techniques.
4.1.1 The use of CPM techniques.
4.1.2 Project Planning Software.
4.1.3 Identifying Delays – Cause or Effect?.
4.2 Explanation of the Available Techniques.
4.2.1 Additive Methods of Delay Analysis.
4.2.2 Impacted As-Planned.
4.2.3 Time Impact Analysis.
4.2.4 Collapsed As-Built.
4.2.5 As-Built Based Methods of Analysis.
4.2.6 Total Time Assessments.
4.2.7 As-Planned versus As-Built Windows Analysis.
4.2.8 Contemporaneous Windows Analysis.
4.2.9 Month-to-Month Update Analysis.
4.3 Selection Criteria and Guidance.
4.3.1 The SCL Delay and Disruption Protocol.
4.3.2 The Core Statements of Principle.
4.3.3 Recommended Practice No. 29R-03 ‘Forensic Schedule Analysis’.
4.3.4 Which technique to use under given circumstances.
5 Problematic Issues.
5.2 Float and Delay Claims.
5.2.1 General Definitions -- What is ‘Float’?.
5.2.2 How Float is used.
5.2.3 Float Loss and the Impact.
5.2.4 Measurement of Float Loss.
5.2.5 Who Owns the Float?.
5.3.2 Delay Analysis and Concurrency.
5.3.3 SCL Delay and Disruption Protocol.
5.3.4 Delay Scenarios.
5.3.5 Common Questions.
5.3.6 Experience and Commonsense.
5.3.7 The Concept of Pacing.
5.4 Programme Approvals and Onerous Specifications.
5.4.1 Programme Requirements, Format and Compliance.
5.4.2 Approval or Acceptance of Construction Programme.
5.5 Acceleration and Mitigation.
5.5.3 Contractors’ right to early completion.
6 Effective Presentation of Delay Analysis.
6.2 Case Study – Airport Terminal Expansion.
6.2.1 Initial analysis by party appointed planning experts.
6.2.2 Using Time Impact Analysis for Prolongation.
6.2.3 Tribunal Planning Expert’s Contemporaneous Approach.
6.2.4 Runway Extension - Are delays to the Runway Extension relevant?.
6.2.5 Terminal Building – Are delays to the Terminal Building relevant?.
6.3 Float Mapping - Approach and Methodology.
6.3.1 Extracting Float Values.
6.3.2 Create Float Map.
6.3.3 Identify Driving Activities.
6.3.4 As-Built Critical Path.
6.4 Demonstrating Acceleration.
6.5 Presentation Skills – Demonstrative Evidence.
Anthony F. Caletka, PE, CFCC, CCM, is a managing director at PricewaterhouseCoopers and has twenty four years' experience in project and construction management, particularly on large civil engineering projects. He has had extensive experience of construction arbitration, litigation and dispute review boards and was a member of the SCL Delay and Disruption Protocol drafting committee.
● One of the few hands-on guides to the techniques available for delay analysis
● Includes invaluable worked examples
● Written by authors with detailed experience of delay analysis claims
"John Kean and Anthony Caletka are pukka analysts in that tricky area of delays, programming and extension of time. I highly recommend their book Delay Analysis in Construction Contracts. Both authors have extensive experience … .Buy the book." (Building Magazine, February 2009)
"The book's stated purpose is to provide a practical guide for those interested in schedule delay analysis. It provides a good in-depth review of the most common delay analysis techniques.... An excellent book, full of practical tips for the reader and very timely in its publication. it is well worth cost and a good read for anyone involved in schedule delay analysis." (Cost Engineering, February 2009)
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