simplified approach

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Turkey

Approval Date: 2005

Thesis Language: English

Student: Ali Özge Ilgar



Operating a successful business within the construction industry has become more difficult for companies as the profitability margins decreased considerably compared to previous years. Even, global economy has created an environment in which construction firms are enforced to bid projects at or below lowest profit levels. At the same time, owners are demanding more difficult projects without increasing the quality of contract documents. This has placed an added burden on the individual contractor to construct sophisticated projects. Under these circumstances, it is not surprising that the number of disputes within the construction industry continues to increase. Thus, contractors requested additional payments from the owners and the concept of claim and claim management developed. However, implementation of a well developed claim management process is crucial as the consequences and reimbursement depends on this process. The objective of this study is to discuss potential sources of disputes and types of claims in the construction industry by focusing on acceleration claims. Quantification methods for owner directed acceleration are discussed as well as required documentation and claim management strategies for preparation of acceleration claims. Two different methods, namely theoretical approach and simplified approach, are presented here and examined in detail mentioning their advantages and shortcomings. These methods are applied to two different real cases, one in Turkey and the other one is abroad in order to have a better understanding of these approaches. Furthermore, a computer program is developed to carry out the calculations that constitute the necessary steps of simplified quantification method. This study can be considered as a complete guide for young civil engineers about quantification and management of acceleration claims.