Conflict resolution an essential skill for civil engineers

ICE Northern Ireland’s Commerce & Contracts group held a seminar on alternative dispute resolution.

From L-R: Ronnie West (JP Corry), Jarlath Kearney (Elemental Consultants), Siobhan Fahey, James Golden (Quigg Golden), John Riches (Henry Cooper Consultants), Niall Murphy (Tensar).
From L-R: Ronnie West (JP Corry), Jarlath Kearney (Elemental Consultants), Siobhan Fahey, James Golden (Quigg Golden), John Riches (Henry Cooper Consultants), Niall Murphy (Tensar).

Disputes are a given in any industry. For civil engineers, however, knowing how to properly manage them is indispensable – particularly for those working within contracts.

ICE Northern Ireland held a conference on dispute resolution in the construction industry that explored causes of conflict, courses of action and expectations for mediation and adjudication.

"All the statistics show that alternative dispute resolution works," said James Golden, Director of Quigg Golden. "Clients that adopt mediated solutions with the support of their engineers will save time, money and prestige."

Managers from across Northern Ireland's civil engineering and construction sectors convened to learn how to approach these difficult situations and how to secure best results.

ICE Northern Ireland Regional Director Richard Kirk says that these skills are essential for civil engineering and construction professionals.

"Knowing how to effectively deal with disputes is an invaluable tool if you're working on civil engineering or construction projects," Richard said. "Having a working understanding of the processes involved, how to keep diligent records, and your chances of success is a huge benefit."

"ICE is committed to delivering these types of events that raise the professionalism of our membership and build the essential skill sets they require."

The event, held at the Europa Hotel on 5 May, was sponsored by Tensar International, a world leader in technology-driven soil reinforcement and mechanical ground stabilisation.

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