Disputes relating to major North American construction projects decreased in value to an average of $29.6 million in 2014, but the length of time to resolve these disputes increased significantly to an average of 16.2 months, according to ARCADIS’ fifth annual study, “Global Construction Disputes: The Higher the Stakes, the Bigger the Risk.” 

For the second consecutive year, the most common cause for disputes in North America during 2014 was errors or omissions in the contract document. Differing site conditions ranked second, while a failure to understand or comply with contractual obligations on the part of an employer, contractor or subcontractor ranked third.