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Three Construction Snafus and How to Fix Them

June 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Three-Construction-SnafusConstruction is a complex process where many moving parts must function together in order to get the job done. If those parts stop functioning, for any reason, money and time is lost. Manpower is just one example where things can go wrong. Construction claims management runs the gamut of injury and materials claims too. Read on for the three most common snafus in construction, and tips on how to fix these challenges.


Construction projects are carefully planned, but reality has a way of putting even the best laid plans to a test. On the ground, any small delay means adding to “crunch time” because the project must be finished within deadline one way or another. Interim short term management services can assist in these situations. That extra boost of manpower can be brought in for specialty jobs too, like assessing structural integrity or design.


Smaller crews are especially susceptible to poor documentation. Contractors who go independent tend to forget all the paperwork involved, or they handle it as a second thought to getting the job itself. This is the wrong approach because a claim could completely sink a business that way. Some disputes are easy to resolve and don’t cost much, but larger complaints tend to go to trial or mediation. If you have a choice, mediation is the better route.


A materials expert is sometimes required for a few reasons. Material valuation is the major reason, but these consultants also inspect materials on arrival and compare what was received to what the purchase order reads. If there is a discrepancy, that could be cause for dispute.

Bio: Lyle Charles is an expert in project management, mediation and steel fabrication. Lyle Charles Consulting specializes in commercial and residential project management.

Benefits to Hiring a Construction Consultant

January 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Hiring a consultant can give construction project managers some extra help when they need it.

A construction project is a complex task that requires coordination between many groups of people, especially if the work you are doing is commercial. A single mistake can cost you millions of dollars and injuries to tenants down the road. Construction consulting can provide an extra set of eyes to check the work you’ve done, and to help you design and accomplish your projects. There may be some factors that you may have overlooked and a consultant’s job is to find those factors.

A consultant can fill many roles. Some act as a structural steel expert, able to discern the quality of building materials and provide insight into what a project needs to be built up to code. Others offer claim analysis, designed to help companies expedite their disputes and save costs.  Every aspect of the construction project must be properly documented, because this is your best defense against any unwanted claims or cases. Ironing out these documentation problems may seem like such a hassle, especially if record keeping is not your strong suit. This is one reason why claims management is so popular. Claim consultants know what data they need to properly file a claim.

Hire a consultation firm if you find any of the projects to be overwhelming. The peace of mind is often worth more than having to pay for errors after the project is complete. Even if you have a lot of experience in construction, each new project brings new challenges. The details can easily come back to bite you.


Lyle Charles Consulting offers construction claims preparation and project turnaround services. Lyle Charles is a certified expert witness, and steel fabrication expert.

Legal Aspects in a Construction Project

April 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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All companies need to operate within the law. However, depending on the industry, most face a number of legal hurdles. As you can imagine, it’s absolutely essential that you understand what these hurdles are and negotiate them as need be or you could run into all sorts of problems. Let’s look at the legal aspects of a construction project.

Long before your build can ever start, you need a whole host of permits to build. The exact types will depend on where and what you’re building. Furthermore, you and your customer must have an understanding of who will procure these permits before the build starts.

Obviously, there are a number of legal issues involved whenever you hire and pay people. This is especially true when it comes to building, because so many of your employees are union members. So it’s essential you understand how paying them works and even how many hours they can be allotted each week. Run into legal problems with unions and you’ll pay dearly.

When it comes to the actual physical structure of your building, there will be a number of legal requirements in terms of making it livable safe. Don’t shirk these.

If legal aspects begin slowing down your build, consider construction turnaround services to pick things back up and get them on the right track.


Lyle Charles Consulting is the company you need for plenty of construction advisory services that help make your build a smooth one. Whether you need a private mediation, an expert witness or just help smoothing over a rough patch, they’re the ones to call.




6 Potential Construction Claims You Could Face

February 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 


Working construction carries enough physical hazards to keep workers on their toes, but the legal pitfalls are just as prevalent. There are a number of problems that can spring up on-site, from a faulty tool to a worker who refuses to show up on time. Remember that if anyone does file a claim against you, construction advisory services can help resolve the situation with expert testimony from accredited sources.


When a contract is signed, there are certain items stipulated that must be fulfilled. For instance, a contract has a date that it ends. This is supposed to cover the amount of time the company believes the work will take to complete, and helps set an expectation of when that work is completed. For a variety of reasons, it is possible to finish work ahead of schedule. Acceleration applies to all aspects of the project, from design to engineering.

The burden for the contractor is proving that it took actions to increase the units of work for the day/week/month in question.

Constructive Change

Sometimes plans change without warning. Maybe a certain material is preferable to another, or design constraints did not become evident until construction was started. Whichever case, the performance requirements on the contract were changed. In situations like these, and with the help of construction claims experts, courts have ruled that contractors have the right to seek compensation when these changes are made.

Contract Termination

If a contract was agreed upon before construction begins, and then is canceled for any reason the contractor can recoup some of those expected profits. The contractor may also go after the difference in the revenue earned from the work and the cost to do the work (including materials). If the work was completed prior to the contract cancellation, the contractor is usually entitled to claim all of the work.

Schedule Delay

When a project has a planned timeline that gets postponed, for any reason, a schedule delay occurs. Even if a project requires only a few extra days to complete. In these situations, the party at fault would be responsible for the loss.

Differing Site Conditions

The contract also indicates the condition of the site, which has a heavy bearing on the quality of work that can be done. Sometimes, these changes result in an adjustment to the work flow or worse. In some cases, work cannot continue at all. The contractor would be entitled to recover some compensation for the planning and work leading up to the project.

is a steel fabrication expert with extensive experience in the construction industry. For help with construction claims, contact Lyle Charles.

Hiring a Party Appointed Arbitrator

October 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The construction business is hard work, and as the owner of a business you might find yourself involved in one or two unwanted disputes over the years. It happens to the best of them. However, it’s important to resolve the issue before it goes to court. The problem is that resolving a disagreement between two parties is easier said than done. Many times it involves sensitive issues and feelings can get hurt and irritated. Whether you’re having an argument with an employee, a customer, or a contractor, hiring a mediator can help you resolve the issue without going to court.

There are many reasons why you might need to hire a third party mediator to help you resolve a dispute involving an issue related to your construction business. For example, you might need help with communicating your needs and wants to the person involved in the dispute; you might want an affordable way to solve the problem without going to court; or, you might be searching for the fastest way to resolve the issue and get back to running your business. Regardless of why you need a third party mediator, a mediator can help you achieve all of these goals. A mediator helps two parties come to a mutual agreement.

When it comes to the industry of construction, it’s important to hire someone with experience in construction mediation. But how do you find a construction mediator? Not every mediator can listen to disputes involving the construction industry and come up with a reasonable solution for both parties. Follow these tips when searching for a party appointed arbitrator:

Make sure they have experience in construction mediation. You need someone who is experienced in construction issues and has received the right type of training. For example, you would need to hire a structural steel expert to mediate a dispute between an issue that involves structural steel.

Ask for examples. It’s okay and even recommended to ask for a resume that features examples of mediation work.

Today’s blog post was sponsored by Lyle Charles Consulting, Inc., a professional team of commercial and business decision advisors offering a wide range of services, including construction mediation and business coaching. To get more information or to make an appointment, please contact the company today.

Solar Power Industry Creates Jobs

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Become a SunWize Independent Solar Installer

November 30, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

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