TITLE

Alliances and dispute review boards: Best friends or worst enemies?

AUTHOR(S)
Gerber, P.
PUB. DATE
January 2012
SOURCE
Australian Journal of Civil Engineering;2012, Vol. 10 Issue 1, p57
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Dispute review boards (DRBs) are a very popular dispute avoidance process (DAP) used widely around the world as an effective tool for ensuring that the conflicts, which invariably arise during the course of construction projects, do not escalate into disputes. DRBs have enjoyed phenomenal success, with 98% of projects that used a DRB being completed with no outstanding disputes. However, Australia has not been part of the global DRB trend. Instead, Australia has embraced an alternative form of DAP, namely, project alliances. While alliances continue to grow in popularity within Australia, this DAP model remains virtually unknown internationally. This article examines why Australia has not embraced DRBs, and whether this country's enthusiasm for alliances has been at the expense of DRBs, before considering whether there is room for both models of dispute management.
ACCESSION #
87773601

 

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