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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 58
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping and B. Kumar
Paper X.5

Requirements for the Active Reconstruction of Impact Claims Documentation

M.M. Hammad and S. Alkass

Department of Building, Environmental and Civil Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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M.M. Hammad, S. Alkass, "Requirements for the Active Reconstruction of Impact Claims Documentation", in B.H.V. Topping, B. Kumar, (Editors), "Computer Techniques for Civil and Structural Engineering", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 265-274, 1999. doi:10.4203/ccp.58.10.5
In recent years, construction impact claims have shown an increase in their preparation costs. Much of the cost is expended on the search and retrieval of contemporaneous construction documents. Some Claims Analysts estimate between 70 to 80% of their professional times usually are consumed by document management activities, like document collation, collection, organisation, and search. The information exchanged about construction processes is document-based, in the most part, and it is a common practice to postpone the analysis and preparation of Impact Claims until the conclusion of operations. At such times nobody is left to tell the story of the project, except documents. To speed up claims analysis, this paper presents the requirements for the reconstruction of claims-related paper trails. The methodology considers documents as objects holding information within. This is part of an ongoing research by the authors, entitled: the Construction Project Document Information System (CP_DIS). This system is based on formalizations of claim business rules, and project management processes.

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