The paper "Dispute Potential Index or Scoring Grid" is a great example of a Management Case Study. In civil and construction organizations (and U. S Army Corps of Engineers in particular), there are various departments such as design, construction, management, as well as the supervision of building construction. Management of various levels in the civil engineering and construction engineering firms, as well as in the realization of investment projects, makes on average 90% of all activities of the civil engineers and construction engineers in their everyday practice. Thus for U. S Army Corps of Engineers to run smoothly, they must come up with dispute recognition techniques which will enable them to overcome the management as well as performance challenges.
A significant aspect of dispute resolution is the ability of parties to recognize emerging problems so that they can be resolved and the potential for disputes can be minimized. A civil and construction engineering company ought to develop techniques that permit early recognition of the disputes most common to highway construction, such as utility conflicts, design errors, and differing site conditions. Various practices like the scoring grid are going to be discussed as forms of management practices of the U. S Army Corps of Engineers.
Industry developments Recently, the U. S Army Corps of Engineers organization has increased focus on dispute avoidance as well as quick resolution. There are efforts that have been employed to avoid disputes. These efforts mainly revolve around design and pre-construction phases, while efforts to resolve disputes often focus on the quality of the relationship between parties. Recognition of potential predicaments entails a different dimension – the ability to monitor the project and anticipate potential problem areas once the project is underway.
Industry analysts ought to promote various tools for early problem recognition, the most important one being the regular monitoring and updating of the project schedule. Network schedules (critical path method of scheduling (CPM)) and detailed linear schedules are significant tools to understanding the interrelationship of construction activities. However, the most commonly used tool is the bar chart schedules. Large construction agencies such as the U. S Army Corps of Engineers have developed scheduling techniques and processes to allow the timely identification of potential problems and delays, enabling field staff to respond quickly to events and mitigate the impact of problems as they arise.
The other early dispute recognition techniques that can be promoted by the industry analysts entail job cost or payment projection reports (scoring grid), productivity improvement program documentation as well as review of project documentation. Project cost or payment projections compare estimated payments to actual payments to identify overall progress. When divided into work areas or payment categories, these comparisons can identify specific areas that areas that are behind schedule.
Productivity improvement documentation, like labor-hour reports, time-lapse photography as well as work sampling studies can be used to identify specific activities that are potentially subject to problems and disputes. According to the organization that I was assessing, I found out that such documents are kept by the contractors and are rarely made available to the owner agencies. This results in the potential disputes often being noted in job meetings, progress reports, daily logs as well as memos.