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Welcome to the Claims Class Quarterly

We are pleased to launch the first edition of the Claims Class Quarterly. We have been working on the newsletter for some time now, trying to create something that contains interesting, relevant and valuable information for our audience and I hope we have achieved that. Spread out across future editions, you can expect to see our Top Tips articles, which have proven very popular, as well as articles written by guest writers who are all industry experts in their chosen fields.

We will also be sharing Claims Class news relating to new courses, new course dates, promotions on our Distance Learning and Intensive Training Courses and more. There will be opportunities to win prizes through participation in various competitions and quizzes too.
This newsletter will only succeed if our readers are happy with what we are putting into it so please keep us posted on what you like and what you don’t and we will continue to try and deliver a newsletter that doesn’t get deleted as soon as it lands in your inbox!

We hope you enjoy this issue!

Andy Hewitt

In This Issue

Top Story: Claims Class launches course on Principles of Forensic Delay Analysis

In partnership with Sporle Consultancy, who specialise in planning and delay analysis, Claims Class will deliver a new course on the Principles of Forensic Delay Analysis in Dubai on 10th September 2013.
The ability to carry out or manage the analysis of delays to construction projects is essential when preparing and presenting claims for extensions of time. Similarly, those whose job it is to review and respond to such claims must understand the various methods of delay analysis to enable them to verify the claimant’s entitlement or otherwise. 
Our one-day course provides the skills and knowledge necessary to understand what provides entitlement, how to link cause with effect and how to effectively manage the various techniques to correctly analyse the effects of delays.

Interested? Download the course brochure or visit our website for more information and to register.

Top Story: Dispute Boards MENA has arrived!

A new website has been launched that provides education, information, advice and resources relating to construction industry dispute boards with a specific focus on the Middle East and North Africa. 

Dispute Boards have been requirements of the FIDIC forms of construction contract since 1999 but the MENA region seldom adopts their use and we believe that this is due to a lack of understanding of the significant advantages of such boards and the added value that they bring to construction projects.

In other parts of the world it has been proven over many years that dispute boards: 

  • Prevent disputes
  • Reduce project costs
  • Help to promote goodwill between parties
  • Ensure that contention is minimised
  • Ensure that contentious matters are settled in a timely manner as the project proceeds
The website will also contain a register of suitably qualified dispute board practitioners. 

Interest in learning more? Visit the Dispute Boards MENA website.

Feature: Studying for Career Growth: could Distance Learning be the key to your success?

Distance learning, also known as online education, has proved to be a successful method of study for the busy working professional. The advent of the online world has meant that educational courses offered by institutes all over the world are more accessible than ever before and can be studied from the comfort of your own home…or your favourite coffee shop!
Rather than describe the long list of benefits that we believe are associated with distance learning, we took some time to interview one of our Claims Class Distance Learning Students, Sanjeevi Jayachandran, to get his views and insights as to why distance learning works for him:
1. Why did you decide to study via distance learning?
For me, distance learning offers the flexibility and convenience to use my after office time wisely. It enriches my professional knowledge whilst almost nullifying the loss of man-hours to my full-time job. I also like that I can analyse the course material in my own time and set my own pace of learning rather than have to stick to rigid deadlines. 
2. What do you enjoy most about the Claims Class Distance Learning study method?

If I need to discuss something or I am struggling with a particular concept, I like that I can interact with my tutor at any time through face-to-face online discussion. I also think that the course is quite unique in that it focuses on real life case studies with less attention given to academic theory and you also learn and gain in depth knowledge of claims from the perspective of the Contractor, the Engineer and the Employer. 
3. What, if any, are the challenges of distance learning study?
The biggest challenge of any distance learning course is that you have little, if any, interaction with other students and groups which can be quite useful for sharing thoughts on the case studies, sharing knowledge and general communication.*

*Claims Class recognises this challenge and is currently working on a solution for both existing and prospective students.
4. In your opinion, what are the greatest benefits of distance learning? 
The biggest benefit for me is the flexible study time. Since you can study from home, you also save time, money and energy commuting to lectures, study classes, etc. The fact that you can study at your own pace is a big benefit too and the 24/7 access to study materials means that, even when studying the assignments, you can really think about the assignment and attempt to write a good response with all knowledge to hand, rather than feeling under pressure to remember everything as you would do in a normal examination situation. 
Sanjeevi is currently studying Module 5 of the Claims Class Distance Learning Course and is progressing well.

Regular Feature: Claims Class Top Tips

Contract Documents

It is extremely important for the contract administration system on a project to manage the documents forming the contract efficiently. In a claim situation, these documents will assist in producing an effective claim submission and may be vital to its success. Interested in learning more?

Download our full Top Tips paper on Contract Documents.

Regular Feature: Industry Insights

New Institute for Construction Claims Practitioners

A new institute, the Institute of Construction Claims Practitioners (ICCP) is set to be launched towards the end of 2013. Construction claims have become an integral part of the international construction industry and the ICCP will recognise the fact that for one to be able to deal with claims in a professional manner, they must have a significant amount of expertise and experience. The institute will be an international organisation and membership will be available to appropriately qualified and experienced claims practitioners on a worldwide basis. 

Interested in keeping updated on the ICCP? Contact us to join the ICCP mailing list.

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