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Contract claim Analysis on Building Construction Project in Addis Ababa: A case study at Yeka Sub City

Zenebe, Eshetu; Prof. Emer Tucay Quezon; Mosisa, Alemu

Contract claims are an inevitable fact of life in the construction industry. Contract claims are one of the problems that the construction project may face. Claims might cause many effects such as payment delay, an extension of time and work suspension. The main aim of this research was an analysis of a contract claim on building construction projects in Addis Ababa, Yeka Sub City by investigating the causes of contract claim and determining the factors to be considered in the selection of appropriate methodology for contract claim analysis. Literature and survey-based studies were made to provide an overview of the different contribution effects of con-tract claim analysis on building construction projects at the selected site. Interviews were also conducted with the three parties which have direct involvement in construction activities to get concrete ideas on the subject matter. A total of 75 questionnaires was distributed to respondents in Addis Ababa, Yeka Sub City building construction projects. Out of these 12 for client’s representatives, 35 for contractors representatives, 20 for consultants representatives and 8 for other companies in order to identify claim causes that occurred in the study area. The quantitative data were analyzed using Excel and SPSS version 20 software, while qualitative data were analyzed by content analysis. The main factors of contact claim cause in the study area were identified. These factors further categorized into four groups; client-related, contract document related, contractor related and consultant related factors. While types of delays, knowing the strength and weaknesses of the project (project complexity) and conditions of the contract were identified as the factor to be considered in the selection of appropriate methodology for contract claim analysis. It is recommended that the three main contracting parties (Owner, Contractor, and Consultant) have responsibility for the effective accomplishment of the project. So each party would take part in their time by developing technical knowledge about the effects of Contract claims on the progressive construction projects.

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