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HKA shares insights into claims and disputes with CRUX Programme

Programme provides valuable insight into claims and dispute causation from major capital projects around the world

HKA has launched CRUX, an integrated research initiative that is said to provide valuable insight into claims and dispute causation from major capital projects around the world.

The first report is said to give digital perspectives based on investigations into common E&C dispute causes, across 257 commissions on which HKA provided claims consulting and dispute resolution services. HKA notes the research reveals causation complexity on major projects with a capital expenditure in excess of US$400bn, with an average of 13 interrelated factors for each commission.

“The E&C industry is forecast for major growth in the coming decades, presenting unparalleled opportunity and greater potential for risk. The expectation to deliver more, quicker and for less is asked of an industry that has arguably failed to respond to calls for change for decades. Our aim for this report and for future CRUX Insight is to better inform stakeholders and the wider industry of the interrelated causes of claims and disputes on projects so they can better manage risks and uncertainty on major capital projects, helping to achieve successful business outcomes,” said Toby Hunt, partner and chief business development officer at HKA.

CRUX aims to provide a better understanding of claims and dispute causation and reinvigorate the debate about how to reduce the prevalence of disputes across the engineering and construction (E&C) industry.

Charlie Woodley, director and CRUX Programme lead, said: “To reduce the prevalence of disputes, our industry must better understand, prepare for and manage complexity. Crucially, project stakeholders can use causation footprint analysis to manage risks by proactively identifying likely companion factors to issues as they arise. This provides opportunity to formulate contingencies and mitigate their effects or impact.”

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