It has recently been estimated that the costs of resolving construction disputes in Australia amounts to between $560-840 million per year. When this is added to the avoidable costs of disputes (such as delay and opportunity costs), total waste exceeds $7 billion annually. If these disputes are avoided, construction would be more profitable and more enjoyable for all involved.
It is this very thinking that spurred the development of Dispute Avoidance Processes (DAPs). Since 1975 – in the form the Dispute Review Board (DRB) – DAPs have been increasing in usage and are becoming mainstay features on construction projects around the world.
Projects that use DAPs believe that prevention is better than cure when it comes to construction conflicts and disputes.
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