Planning and Delay Analysis

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Planning and Delay Analysis


Validated for 2 CPD Points CESA-1051-06/2020
Co-validated for SACPCMP/CPD/15/017


Regardless of who or what the causes are, delays and disruption can wound and sometimes kill a project. The goal of risk management is to identify all project risks (both positive and negative) and to assist in developing proactive strategies of response.

The task of proper compilation and assessment of an extension of time claim resulting from a disruption claim can, and often does, prove to be a difficult one. Whilst, one’s first avenue is likely to be based on a comparative method of judging output of productivity, this method still requires diligent and meticulous effort in contract administration, whilst still being simple and cost-effective. In the absence of properly recorded information, a second avenue, that of construction programming, may be pursued in order to identify the individual activities subject to the delay or disruption. The preferable option it the utilization of correctly recorded costs, which has long since been the accepted manner of determining the quantum of a project delay. The identification of delay and disruption; assessment of the impacts thereof in terms of the risk profiles; and effective change management, along with various ancillary aspects will be dealt with during the course of this seminar.


  • Project Managers
  • Contractors and Subcontractors
  • Engineers
  • Architects, Consultants
  • Contract Administrators
  • Lawyers and Legal Advisers
  • Arbitrators, Mediators
  • Developers, Employers, Clients
  • Government Officials involved in Construction Contracts


It is anticipated that the attendee of this seminar will be provided with a good practical understanding of the concepts behind project execution in the event of a project delay or disruption. It is moreover, intended that the practical discussion points behind these concepts will ensue from a number of case studies with which the presenters will deal. These case studies have been compiled in light of a substantial portion of the firm’s recent workload compromising claims dealing with the noteworthy aspects of delay and disruption. It is further anticipated that this seminar will make for both interesting and practical audience participation and discussion.


Some of the issues to be covered in this two-day seminar are the following:

Change Management

  • Variation and Change
  • Effective and Ineffective Change Management Techniques
  • Controlling Variations with Recourse to Contract Mechanisms
  • Objective Methods of Precise Record Keeping with a view to dispute Mitigation
  • Defining Acceleration

Disruption & Acceleration

  • Who has the option of initiating acceleration?
  • Rescheduling and out of sequence working
  • Methods of evaluation of loss of productivity
  • Problems with evaluation by comparison of productivity
  • Comparison of actual costs with allowance in tender
  • Assessed percentage addition on disrupted work


  • Preparation and compilation of claims
  • Claims procedure and time barring
  • Evaluation of claims for extension of time, delay and disruption
  • Cost of preparing the claim
  • Quantum meruit
  • Counter claims
  • Avoidance, resolution and settlement of disputes

Extension of time

  • A contractor’s entitlement to extensions of time
  • A proactive in lieu of reactive approach to construction programming
  • Tools and techniques of construction programming, including recent automation developments in this field
  • Dealing with impacts to the original contract baseline
  • Definition and utilization of float
  • Delays after the completion date of comprising claims dealing with the extended completion date
  • Revisions and approvals of the construction programme
  • Liquidated damages and/or penalties
  • Contractor’s programme showing early completion

Delay and Disruption

  • Defining and interpreting delay and disruption
  • Monitoring and mitigating delay and disruption
  • Interpreting the individual causes of delay related to contract provisions
  • Retrospective analysis and assessment of the impacts of delay and disruption claims
  • The effects of concurrent delays
  • Dealing with consequential delays
  • Notification of intermediate milestone completion dates and the significance of the overall construction programme to interface sub-contractors
  • Delay and disruption schedules


  • Risk identification
  • Risk assessment (for the lifecycle of the project) in respect of delay and disruption
  • Development of risk mitigation strategies to minimize negative impacts
  • Exploring different contracting strategies for purposes of risk allocation
“Overall happy with the course content and can refer to the detailed notes provided.”
“I appreciate the encouragement from presenter for class to participate / express views and share practical experiences in the course. I appreciate that I managed to take in a lot of the course content.”
Aug 23 2022


Start: 23 Aug
End: 24 Aug
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Seminar Content

  • Change Management
  • Disruption & Acceleration
  • Claims
  • Extension of Time
  • Delay & Disruption
  • Risk