Given the nature of engineering and construction projects it is not unusual for disputes to arise.
Contracts make provision for how disputes are to be resolved and there are several different procedures which can be followed.
Adjudication is a Dispute Resolution process whereby an independent neutral, the Adjudicator, decides the issues in dispute within a predetermined, usually very short, time limit which can be extended.
Dispute Board is a group of professionals engaged by the parties during the course of a contract to issue speedy recommendations and/or determinations in respect of matters referred to them.
Expert Determination is a Dispute Resolution process where matters in dispute are referred for decision to an independent neutral, the Expert.
Arbitration is a process whereby the parties agree to refer
disputes between them for resolution to an independent third party known as the Arbitrator.
Conciliation is best considered as a settlement negotiation carried out between the disputing parties with the assistance of an independent neutral.
Mediation is essentially a form of assisted negotiation where parties attempt to resolve their differences with the assistance an independent neutral known as the Mediator.