TMS Event Details

Event Title: Resolving Construction Disputes in Real Time Using Dispute Resolution Boards

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Location: Golden Gate University 536 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA Room 2310 7:45am - 9:00am


Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014

Time: 12:00 AM


The perfect construction project is one that has a creative and sustainable design, and is built on time and within a defined budget without any disputes. Design and construction is an inherently complex and difficult enterprise, that is full of potential conflict. For the companies that play a role in the design and construction process, the cost of disputes can erode any profit to be made on a project and may result in an overall monetary loss. A Dispute Resolution Board (DRB) is a board of impartial professionals formed at the beginning of the project to follow construction progress, encourage dispute avoidance, and assist in the resolution of disputes for the duration of the project. This presentation will discuss how DRB’s are established and operate, and how disputes are avoided and resolved through an informal or formal dispute resolution process.n
About the Presenters:

Joe Keating, P.E. Civil Engineer and Licensed Contractor, graduate of the Colorado School of Mines, is the Owner of Keating Associates, in Placerville, CA, and has worked as a consulting engineer for 40 years in heavy construction specializing in underground construction projects and hydroelectric developments. He has worked for owners, contractors and engineering firms providing feasibility reports, estimating, value engineering, claim services, technical advisory boards and project planning. He has served on twenty-seven Dispute Resolution Boards and as Chairman on eleven of them. He is a chartered member of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation and has been an instructor at numerous DRB training sessions.

Elizabeth Tippin is an attorney and neutral specializing in the resolution of commercial and construction disputes. Her experience includes representing A/E/C companies and the resolution of complex multi-party construction disputes, including highway, pipeline, public and private vertical construction, mixed use and residential projects. She has resolved over 1000 disputes as a mediator, arbitrator, Administrative Law Judge, and is currently serving on a Dispute Resolution Board for a transportation center in Southern California. She is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Commercial and Construction Panels. She has lectured on construction, business planning, risk management and dispute resolution for the ABA, the AIA and at several universities. She is a former President of the Mediation Society, former Chair of the BASF Arbitration Committee, and a member of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation.