Meeting/Event Information

Introduction into the new CMAA Claims Management Guidelines

The goal of successful completion of the project now includes the expectation of project closeout free from disputes and claims. Construction disputes and claims threaten the schedule, cost and quality of the projects, impact future capital programs, divert critical resources and erode public confidence.  The Construction Manager (CM) plays an important role and is responsible in avoiding, mitigating, and resolving the disputes and claims between the owner and the contractor(s) during the execution of construction projects. Claims Management Guidelines provides the menu of services that relates to these responsibilities. The CM must understand the responsibilities of each party as stated in the Contract and have the skill to manage those separate parties and the project objectives of time, cost, quality, and safety. Understanding the most common causes of disputes and claims, the CM should implement a Claims Management Plan that enables the project team to avoid, mitigate and resolve disputes.   The paper discusses the objective and functions of the Claims Management Plan throughout the Pre-design, Design, Procurement and Post-Construction phases of the project.

Dave Ponte

Eric Schatz, P.E.

Dave Ponte

Dave Ponte has more than 34 years of experience in the design, construction and management of large, complex construction projects. His extensive field experience includes the preparation of detailed construction cost estimates and project budgets; development of large, complex CPM schedules; preparation of contractor construction claims; and development of engineering calculations and plans. He has provided strategic risk management and dispute resolution expertise to owners, contractors, design professionals, insurance carriers, and counsel.

Dave is a contributing author in several construction claim related publications and have published several articles relating to construction cost estimates. Dave has also presented on numerous construction claim topics.

His areas of expertise include analysis and resolution of complex design and construction issues; development and analysis of multi- faceted CPM schedules; preparation of detailed expert opinions/reports encompassing both technical and quantum construction issues; and development and analysis of construction cost budgets, including job cost accounts for project cost control.

Eric Schatz, P.E.

Eric is an Associate Vice President with more than 15 years of experience in the construction industry in the roles of claims analyst, risk analyst, construction manager, scheduler and estimator. He has worked on projects with construction values exceeding $500 million, including transportation, building and industrial facilities. Eric has testified as an expert witness regarding delays and damages and is the leader of Arcadis’ Risk Management practice, focused on proactively identifying and managing risks. He earned his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and his Masters of Engineering Management degrees from Dartmouth College. Eric is a Professional Engineer and was named as one of ENR New England’s Top 20 under 40 construction professionals.

Event Date, Time & Location:
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
7:30 AM – Registration & Breakfast
8:00 AM – Presentation & Questions
9:00 AM – Questions and Closing

Wentworth Institute of Technology
Beatty Hall, Rm 119 (Back of Cafeteria)
550 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Unfortunately, parking at Wentworth is unavailable. Public parking is available near the Museum of Fine Arts (20 Museum Rd, Boston, MA 02115). Or take the Green Line E Train to Museum of Fine Arts stop.

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