A New Role for Project Controls Professionals on Dispute Boards


Instructor: Jim Zack
Product ID: 706255
Training Level: Intermediate

  • Duration: 90 Min
Attend this webinar to learn how project controls professionals can add value to the DRB process and help contribute to dispute resolution on many projects as members of Dispute Resolution Boards.
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Why Should You Attend:

Although the Dispute Resolution Boards (DRBs) came into the U.S. construction industry in the 1970s, many in the industry are not familiar with these Boards or the DRB process. The webinar discusses the history, effectiveness and cost of this alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process. The webinar summarizes the typical DRB process. Project controls professionals (schedulers, estimators, cost control professionals) have long participated in the DRB process by assisting clients with preparation for or presentations at dispute hearings. Traditionally, Dispute Boards have been made up of an owner, a contractor, and a design professional or specialty consultant depending upon the nature of the project. The webinar explores whether experienced project controls professionals can help make Dispute Boards more effective. It identifies ways that project controls professionals can add value to the DRB process and help contribute to dispute resolution on many projects as members of Dispute Resolution Boards.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about the DRB process.
  • Understand the benefits and concern with this process.
  • Be exposed to the success of DRBs between 1975 and 2017.
  • Become aware of the qualities of DRB members.
  • Examine how experienced project controls professionals can add value to this process.
  • Understand the steps experienced individuals can take to become a member of a DRB.

Areas Covered in the Webinar:

  • The history of DRBs in the United States.
  • What is the typical DRB process.
  • Identifies the various forms of DRBs.
  • Discusses the benefits of ad concerns about the DRB process.
  • Provides historical documentation on the success of DRBs over a period of 42 years.
  • Explores the qualities of successful DRB panel members.
  • Discusses how experienced, specialized project controls professionals an add real value to the DRB process.
  • Identifies what steps project controls professionals can take to be nominated as a DRB panel member.

Who Will Benefit:

  • Project controls professionals interested in participating in the DRB process as panel members.
  • Owner and contractor executives getting involved in a DRB and looking for potential candidates as members of the panel.
  • Attorneys for owners and contractors seeking potential members of DRBs.
Instructor Profiles:
Jim Zack

Jim Zack
Executive Director, Navigant Consulting Inc

James Zack is the Senior Advisor, Ankura Construction Forum™ – the construction industry’s global resource for thought leadership and best practices on avoidance and resolution of construction project disputes globally. Jim was founder and former Executive Director of the Navigant Construction Forum™.Previously, Executive Director, Corporate Claims Management, Fluor Corporation; Vice President, PinnacleOne and Executive Director, PinnacleOne Institute; and Senior Construction Claims Consultant, CH2M HILL, Inc. With 47 years’ experience, he is a recognized expert in mitigation, analysis and resolution or defense of construction claims. A Fellow of AACE International. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and the Guild of Project Controls, Mr. Zack is a Certified Forensic Claims Consultant, a Certified Construction Manager and a Project Management Professional as well as an internationally known author and speaker on construction claims.

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