Investigations

Investigations, assessments, and monitoring keeps project controls in check which keeps your capital working for you in the right place. Disputes in design, construction, and inspections are rarely unavoidable as projects are not perfect. Addressing these issues are complex but manageable if confronted early on with a strategy to resolve.   Our professional support and common services include architecture, engineering,  and construction (AEC)  litigation  and insurance support; discovery of scope discrepancies;  reviewing cost estimates and establishing fair market value; investigating pay applications and progress determination; opinions on change orders-additional work versus base scope requirements; scheduling analysis; commentaries/analytics on "standard of care"; technical management of destructive investigations or testing; and drafting conclusionary commentaries and narratives. Data collection and presentation can become extremely overwhelming even to the most experienced AEC team if not  managed with focus and strategy.  We assist your executive and legal teams in providing the critical information to make informed decisions.  


Capital Improvement Advisors provides and works with many consultants required to successfully investigate your specific issues.  

Our experience as an owner's representative, architects, contractors and developers provides essential insight into the strategy and technical requirements neccessary to support and lead your teams to obtain vital information.  

We work to secure the appropriate consultants for your needs, considering economics, complexity, and time.   

  • Differing site conditions
  • Quanititative issues
  • Engineering performance
  • Budgets and Scheduling 
  • Entitlements












Season professionals experience in reviewing required scope will help your team prepare for pursuing your settlement objectives.

  • Change order review
  • Insurance claims
  • Building standards 
  • Various construction types
  • Phasing and Sequencing







Data and facts have to be evaluated so recommendations can become useful in the decision process.

  • Reporting and Benchmarking
  • Standards and Practices
  • 3D and virtual exhibits
  • Forensic accounting







​​Buildings and the construction process has grown to become more complex with  technologies requiring more sophisticated testing and validations.

  • Environmental sampling
  • Monitoring and inspection
  • Testing and exploration
  • Scientific Modeling


Pre-Construction Investigations

The design process is complex as it is tied to very specific activities, phases, budgets, and schedules.  Because so many parties are needed to participant and contribute, the supporting documentation produced may not reflect the required or desired Scope of Work on the project and expected deliverables.  

Ambiguities related to pre-construction activities require focused investigations. The clarity of these investigations become impactful in reviewing contract obligations and is specifically defined in the responsibilities of the Contract Documents.  Disputes arising from this area include,  design intent, scope expectations, and performance; conflicts in site conditions, code and governmental interpretations, and project design level of completeness.  Thoroughly organizing, evaluating, and collecting the required information  will determining the strength of your claims and resolution strategy.  Securing and directing the professional teams requires seasoned investigation experience and strategic resolution planning.  

Scope Investigations

Building projects depends upon the contracted scope which dictates budget and schedule.  Interpretations, lack of clarity, or quality of scope typically drives many disputes.  Scopes disputes apply to all contracts and services. Determining scope often typically requires investigating meeting conclusions,  contract documentations, drawings, specifications, approvals, bids, submittals and inspection reviews.   Changes and modifications are the most common scope challenges creating scope ambiguities and conflicts.  Knowing where you stand assists you in the expectations and resolution process.

Analysis

Information and documents become the pieces of the puzzle.  The strategy and strength of your arguments must be analysed,  assembled, and  featured to be effective as a tool in supporting your cause.  Reviewers may include accountants, fraud examiners, estimators,  to schedulers. Each strategy will be specifically developed based upon your position as the owner, the professional or the contractor.



Science and Technology

"The devil is in the details", and often technical support, testing and many specialist may be required to generate the evidence.  The specialist may be simply an architect or contractor but can lead to experts like environmentalist, specialty engineers, or testing consultants performing investigative exploration and laboratory sampling to engineer modeling.