Construction Claims Team at 30 Forensic Engineering Offers Productivity Loss Assessment Services

When a loss event occurs at a construction site, such as a fire or flood, the work of establishing the quantum of loss is complex. Both ‘hard costs’—damage to equipment and materials—and the impact on labour productivity must be considered. While the method for estimating hard costs is based on a known quantity, the methodology for untangling the true cost of impacts of labour productivity loss is less well-understood.

The Construction Claims team at 30 Forensic Engineering has the expertise required to provide complete Loss of Productivity (LOP) assessment to our clients in the insurance industry.

Established in 2014, the Construction Claims group offers the following unique services to clients:

  • Claim Preparation
  • Evaluation of Claim Submissions by Others
  • Schedule Delay Analysis / Extension of Time Assessments
  • Assessing the Impact of Changed and/or Additional Scope
  • Productivity Loss / Earned Value Assessments
  • Forensic Cost Analysis / Quantification of Damages
  • Expert Reports & Testimony / Litigation Support

According to Doris Marshall, CEC, Principal of the Construction Claims group at 30 Forensic Engineering, “traditionally, Loss of Productivity assessments have been lumped in with estimating services—but it’s a very different process and requires different expertise.” Many labour-related factors are involved in assessing productivity loss—from trade stacking, disruption of the original work crew, upending of logistical factors, to morale and seasonal changes, etc. In addition, a high-quality Loss of Productivity assessment requires that any LOP associated with the loss event be clearly delineated from any LOP pre-dating the incident. Identifying these nuances requires detailed analysis of contemporaneous records and an experienced eye. “Typically, a traditional estimate-based approach to assessing these costs leads to over-evaluation of the actual damages incurred”, says Doris. “We can do this work more accurately.”

For more information regarding our Productivity Loss Assessment services or other service offerings, please contact:

Rhianne Cookson
Team Lead, Project Coordination

Doris Marshall
Principal, Construction Claims

Jiwan Thapar
Lead, Construction Claims

Giffin Koerth Welcomes Anja Heim to the Construction Claims Group!

Giffin Koerth is excited to welcome Anja Heim to the Construction Claims Group!

Anja has exceptional analytical skills and several years of experience working as a claims advisor, a proven track record, performing forensic cost audits, interpreting contract documents, and providing claims management strategies to clients. She has had lead roles in large $2B and $500M litigation files. On the academic side, Anja received an Honours Bachelor of Business and Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Master in International Business from Queen’s University ,and a Master in Management from the Universität Mannheim in Germany.

Welcome to the team, Anja!

Giffin Koerth Participates in TCA Members’ Day!

On May 11th, Giffin Koerth’s Construction Claims & Civil/Structural Group attended the Toronto Construction Association’s 22nd Annual Members’ Day.

The event was a great success – a spectacular turnout with over 250 member company employees attending! It was a bright beautiful, sunny day giving members the opportunity to spend some time outdoors displaying their product(s) / service(s) and networking with each other. Everyone had a good time enjoying a delicious barbecue lunch, music and entertainment. Members also had the opportunity to hear from Rob Ellis, President, My Safe Work to learn about the importance of safety on the job site – TCA Chairman Craig Lesurf, alongside TCA President John Mollenhauer officially signed TCA onto the League of Champions initiative making a commitment to raise awareness on the importance of safety. Definitely a Members Day to remember!

GK was represented by Pablo Robalino, Gary Hakobyan and Steve Karst. Congratulations Steve for winning the grand prize draw for an Apple Watch!

Please click here for the 2016 Members’ Day Photo Gallery

Giffin Koerth’s Construction Claims Group Welcomes Samin Bihendi!

Giffin Koerth’s Construction Claims Group is excited to welcome Samin Bidhendi. Samin comes to GK with an education background in Civil Engineering from Ryerson and will be obtaining her P.Eng in short order.

She started off her career in the field with such organizations as Peto MacCallum and Carillion, taking on Project Management and Field Engineering responsibilities. She then went on to more of a claims and contracts path with a large road construction company. Long story short, she has a great blend of real world experience as well as a base for the facilitation, preparation and evaluation of construction claims. Samin has also been an Instructor at both Humber and Mohawk Colleges, for AutoCAD and Computer Drafting & Design. She is a much welcome addition to the Construction Claims Group!

Giffin Koerth’s Construction Claims Group Welcomes Gary Hakobyan!

The Construction Claims Group is pleased to welcome Gary Hakobyan to our team! Gary is the 5th addition to our group and we are very happy to have him contribute to our growth spurt.

Gary has 7 years experience in construction administration and coordination, with a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Systems Management, and a Project Management diploma. He has worked on several project for the Armenian General Benevolent Union including the $10M, 72,000 sf representation building Yerevan, Armenia. His core competencies, which will lend themselves well to our group’s mandates, include the preparation of tender packages, working with project budgets, cost control, construction planning and scheduling, construction progress evaluations, to name a few.

Gary is fluent in Russian and Armenian, and enjoys playing Russian Billiards, ping pong and tennis. We are so proud to welcome him to the team!