oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Disruption on construction projects : construction issues

Volume 24, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



Disruption has a significantly detrimental effect on any construction project, and this effect is not always realised until long after it has occurred. Disruption consists of two components, the first being one that can be measured, and the second one being more subjective than measurable. An 'expert' is often brought in to assist either party. This individual is defined as follows:
A construction expert witness must be knowledgeable in his or her field, have exceptional communication skills and be fair and objective. He or she must preferably be an experienced engineer with no ties to either party, and one who brings his/her own opinion to bear on the technical issues and opinions. The panel or judge ultimately decides who is an 'expert' and who has the requisite expertise and credibility to provide testimony.

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