Dispute Resolution Mechanisms
The contract should include different site conditions and unforeseen conditions clauses that allow contract time and amount adjustment if the
conditions at site materially differ from the conditions expected and indicated in the bid documents. These clauses facilitate resolving
disputes efficiently and quickly without negative impact on the project. If site conditions are significantly different than those described
in the contract documents and the contractor or owner can show that the different conditions impacted the work, the contract value and
duration should be adjusted accordingly. Conducting the proper surface and subsurface investigations, outlined earlier in this chapter,
should minimize the occurrence of project disputes and possibility of work stoppage during the pipe bursting operations.