08 April 2008 | Jake Kanter
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has set up a group to help avoid contractual disputes during construction for the 2012 games.
The Independent Dispute Avoidance Panel (IDAP) will work to ensure construction firms in the supply chain resolve disputes before resorting to legal action. It is hoped taking the preventive measure to avoid disagreements will help deliver the Olympic venues on time.
The group will help suppliers building the venues assess and discuss project issues early on in the build. Also it will work to promote open and collaborative relationships between contractors and ensure problems are carefully managed. Firms will be encouraged to use the IDAP as an independent resource by their contract.
It will be chaired by Martin Barnes, president of the Association for Project Management, and will consist of 10 construction experts, all with experience of major projects.
If a dispute is not avoided by using the IDAP, a separate Adjudication Panel has been launched with the help of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
David Higgins, chief executive of the ODA, said in a statement: "This independent panel will help us and our contractors work together to identify and resolve any potential issues early."