Dispute Resolution + Avoidance
Construction projects are complex. And the more complex they are, the more likely it is that a dispute will occur.
Some disputes are easily resolved if addressed early on, while others require an extended commitment of resources. In either case, Cumming provides the expert guidance needed to identify potential problems and, if avoidance is not possible, to settle disputes quickly and confidentially. We know what to look for and how to achieve positive results on your behalf on a wide range of issues, including delay, disruption, acceleration, productivity, cost overruns, and defective construction.
Cumming delivers exceptional results and a solid return on investment through:
Cumming’s experts provide realistic evaluations through preliminary project documentation. This enables timely and informed business decisions on how to proceed. We also provide “sanity checks” to help clients and their counsel determine the issues and claims to pursue.
Cumming’s in-house resources span numerous disciplines and include: licensed architects, professional engineers, certified cost engineers, chartered quantity surveyors, schedulers, project managers, and LEED accredited professionals. Furthermore, our dispute resolution and avoidance (DRA) leadership includes professionals with legal training and experience, as well as trained and certified neutrals, mediators, and arbitrators. Our team members come from various backgrounds, with many having served previously as owners, designers, and/or builders. This diversity of experience gives our team a well- rounded understanding of every perspective and detail.
Cumming conducts detailed analyses and produces deliverables that meet the needs of the client and the requirements of the tribunal or panel hearing the dispute. Those deliverables, as appropriate, provide in-depth information tailored to the unique facts of the dispute.
Cumming’s dispute resolution professionals are expert analysts and we pride ourselves on our ability as communicators. Our findings strive to illuminate the essential elements of the dispute and are prepared and presented in a manner that is both compelling and easily understood by judge or jury.
Our Dispute Resolution + Avoidance Experts
Cumming’s dispute resolution and avoidance team includes construction, litigation, and scheduling professionals who evaluate and resolve all forms of construction disputes. When brought in early, our team is able to initiate controls to avoid claims and litigation altogether. We take pride in our reputation for delivering results that far exceed expectations, the proof of which rests in the continued trust bestowed on us by our valued clients.
Erwin has worked in the construction industry since 1986. He has been responsible for managing projects from conception through design, permitting and construction, and continuing through to completion and occupancy. Erwin has provided project management, consulting and scheduling services for new construction, repair and renovation activities.
As Vice President, Erwin is responsible for leading the dispute resolution and avoidance (DRA) and scheduling line of services on behalf of the company. He performs DRA/scheduling services, provides staff training and mentoring, and when needed, manages the development and implementation of new processes and procedures pertaining to our products. Erwin can produce independent construction schedules including both cost and resource loading. He also is adept at reviewing baseline schedules including periodic reviews of schedule updates produced by general contractors. His prior experience as a project manager is applied to mitigate delays through recovery schedules.
Construction Claims Services
Construction Claims Evaluation and Development
Schedule Delay and Disruption Analysis
Creation and/or Assessment of Requests for Equitable Adjustment
Time Impact Analysis
Time Extension Requests
Damages Quantification and Evaluation
Concurrent Delay Analysis
Acceleration Claims Evaluation
Construction Cost Estimating, Assessment, and Evaluation
Contract Termination Claims
Change Order Evaluation, Preparation, and Negotiation
Construction Claim Preparation, Presentation, and Negotiation
Construction Risk Identification and Avoidance
Mediation, Arbitration, and Litigation Support
Litigation Support Services
Document and Data Management
Interrogatory Response Assistance
Schedule Delay Analysis
Construction Damages Analysis
Labor Productivity Impact Analysis
Construction Cost Analysis
Demonstrative Graphics Development
Mediation, Arbitration, and Litigation Support
Opposing Expert Cross-Examination Outlines
Expert Witness Consulting
Expert Witness Testimony
Insurance Claim Consulting Services
Builder’s Risk Premium True-ups
Schedule Impact Evaluation of a Loss Event
Construction Cost Estimation and Estimate Evaluation
Replacement Cost Evaluation
Delay and Disruption Damages Quantification and Evaluation
Recovery and Remediation Schedule Development and Evaluation
Contractor Construction Claim Evaluation and Response
Insurance Claim Settlement Support
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