Top Tips for Delay Analysis in Construction

Delay analysis can be a confusing world. We’ve put our expertise together to create a free download with our top tips for preparing a delay analysis.

Despite ongoing improvements in the way in which projects are executed, delay remains one of the biggest sources of dispute. It is also one of the most significant causes of cost overrun in construction projects.

When a delay occurs on a construction project, analysing cause and effect is vital to understanding where liability lies. Delay analysis (sometimes called Forensic Planning) is something which some refer to as a ‘dark art’. Arguably because it’s often misunderstood by those who carry it out or claim to understand it.

There are at least six analysis techniques that are commonly accepted. However, depending on who you ask there are many more – which can add to confusion. It’s generally agreed that no single method is better than the others. With a mix of prospective and retrospective approaches techniques can vary according to need.

A prospective analysis such as ‘Impacted as Planned’, or ‘Time Impact Analysis’ is often used whilst the project is still ongoing. This can help assess the impact a delaying event will have on the future completion date. Prospective methods can also be used on completed projects. However, extreme care should be taken when doing so to ensure the ‘theoretical’ prospective analysis corresponds with the ‘actual’ facts.

Whatever method is being used to analyse delay there are a few things you need to establish for a successful claim.

We have put together some of our top tips on preparing a successful delay analysis from our team of claims experts. Download our top 20 tips on delay analysis for free here: