Introduction to Construction Dispute Resolution (Mit-Prentice Hall Series on Civil, Environmental, and System)

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9780130470898: Introduction to Construction Dispute Resolution (Mit-Prentice Hall Series on Civil, Environmental, and System)

For graduate and advanced undergraduate courses in Dispute Resolution.

This text addresses new and innovative ways to promote collaborative environments and resolve disputes in construction by emphasizing the different steps in the Dispute Resolution Ladder and spelling out the main features of a conflict management plan. It also includes some practical applications of Dispute Avoidance and Resolution Techniques in the construction industry throughout different cultures.

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Feniosky Pena-Mora (Sc.D., MIT) is an Associate Professor of Information Technology and Project Management in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department's Intelligent Engineering Systems Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Pena-Mora's current research interests are in information technology support for collaboration, change management, conflict resolution, and process integration during design and development of large-scale engineering systems. He is the leader of the Da Vinci Agent Society Initiative at MIT that integrates his research interests. He is the author of publications on computer-supported conflict resolution, computer-supported engineering design and construction, and project control and management of large-scale engineering systems. One of his publications received the 1995 award for best paper published in the ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. He is also holder of a 1999 NSF Career Award and a 2000 White House PECASE (Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers) Award. He has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences and symposiums, including the 2001 National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. Professor Pena-Mora has been a consultant for industry and governments in Argentina, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Japan, Puerto Rico, and the United States. He is the chief technology officer for Pena Alcantara Consultants, a consulting firm specializing in project management and information technology. He was the chief technology officer for inMe6ting.com, an Internet company specializing in managing rich collaborative sessions in heterogeneous devices for large-scale product development. In the Boston Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel Project, he was the chief information technology consultant for the project director. There, he focused on information technology support for change management and process integration during the design and construction stages of this $13.6 billion decade-long regional engineering endeavor.

Carlos E. Sosa (M.Sc., MIT) is a practicing professional in the field of claim management and dispute resolution in Venezuela. After working with some of the major contractors in Venezuela, in 1997 he began his own consulting firm dedicated to offering construction management and dispute avoidance and resolution services to contractors and developers. In 1999 he led the development and successful launch of Venezuela's first and most important Internet construction portal, www.areazul.com, together with the Venezuelan Construction Chamber. Currently he is working on expanding the services offered by his firm throughout Latin America.

D. Sean McCone (M.Sc., MIT) is a practicing professional in the construction management and engineering profession. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign while working for Johnson, Mirmiran and Thompson, a transportation-engineering firm in Baltimore, Maryland, as a work/study student. As an assistant program manager he was involved in the management for the design of over $1 billion in capital improvements at the Baltimore Washington International Airport.

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This introductory textbook presents the basis for knowledge in the areas of dispute avoidance and resolution in the construction industry. It addresses new and innovative ways to promote collaborative environments and resolve disputes in construction by emphasizing the different steps in the Dispute Resolution Ladder and spelling out the main features of a conflict management plan. It also includes some practical applications of dispute avoidance and resolution techniques in the construction industry throughout different countries.

This book is essential reading for graduate and upper-level undergraduate students, as well as for practicing professionals such as construction managers, design engineers, and business owners. Students should use this book to develop the basis for knowledge in the area of dispute avoidance and resolution in the construction industry, while current practicing professionals should compare the contents of this book with the scope of their current knowledge, keeping an open mind in new techniques. This book is divided into 12 distinct chapters following the concept of the Dispute Resolution Ladder.

Features include:
  • Actual Case Studies are introduced at the beginning of each chapter and revisited at the end of each chapter for a better correlation of theory with practice
  • How to and Example sections in each chapter illustrate how different dispute avoidance and resolution techniques have been implemented in actual construction projects
  • Points for Discussions section at the end of each chapter encourages the reader to contextualize the material within each chapter as it may apply to the problem raised

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