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Dispute avoidance of delay claims by improving delay notification process of contractors in sri lanka

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dc.contributor.advisor Perera, BAKS Goonawardana, PJA 2018-06-14T19:24:23Z 2018-06-14T19:24:23Z
dc.description.abstract Dispute Avoidance of Delay Claims by Improving Delay Notification Process of Contractors in Sri Lanka Most of the delay claims submitted by Sri Lankan Contractors were either rejected or under certified purely due to contractor’s inefficiency of supportive documents mainly delay notices. Due to this lack of notices to prove the entitlement, contractors lose their power to bargain. Hence, generally lose their genuine entitlement for an extension of time for the actual delays as well as lose the entitlement for reimbursement of actual costs incurred by the contractors as a result of project delay. Hence, it is important to identify the reasons for this shortfall and to propose method to overcome this situation of Sri Lankan contractors. This study is aiming to identify most practical and useful delay notification process for Sri Lankan contractors in order to strengthen their contractual entitlement for compensation in the event of excused and compensable delay events. This study was carried out through a literature survey, questionnaire survey and interviews among the experts in the industry. The collected data was analyzed using percentages on frequencies, relative importance index and mean ratings. This study revealed that 71% of Sri Lankan construction projects which were completed during last 10 years were impacted with delays. Despite the scale of the project, delay has mainly impacted on all scales without much variance. In 94% of the delayed projects, contractors have successfully requested for an extension of time but only 83% of them were managed to serve notices. However, in most of the situations notices are served beyond the time bar and in some instances notices are not properly linked to the events. Due to this circumstance only 79% of the delay projects were granted extension of time but 50% of the instances the extension of time was not granted within the stipulated time period of 42 days. Due to these lags and failures around 41% of the delayed projects faced with disputes. Majority of the contractors believe that they hurt consultants or clients when notify delays and further they feel that they will be penalized by the consultants with other approvals if they notify any delays. Hence, most contractors prevent from notifying delays which then leads to disqualification of delay claims due to lack of notices which then leads to disputes. Most of the respondents recommended identification of the event and identification of the delay due to that event as important factors prior to the notification. Based on the type of change and notice provisions under FIDIC 1999 edition, a notification model is proposed to facilitate notification process. Further, Changes to notice provision in FIDIC 1999 and to educate construction industry stakeholders on notices are also recommended. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject delay notice en_US
dc.subject Delay claims en_US
dc.subject disputes en_US
dc.subject notice provision en_US
dc.subject EOT, extension of time en_US
dc.title Dispute avoidance of delay claims by improving delay notification process of contractors in sri lanka en_US
dc.type Thesis-Abstract en_US
dc.identifier.faculty Engineering en_US Master of Science in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution en_US
dc.identifier.department Department of Building Economics en_US 2017-04
dc.identifier.accno TH3445 en_US

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