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The concept of regular site visits
The fundamental difference between dispute boards and other forms of dispute resolution lies in the fact that dispute boards are in existence from the start of the contract generally before any disputes start, and, more importantly, they are familiar with the progress of the project throughout the life of the project. This is accomplished through the continuing review of project documentation, schedules, documents and other details, but most importantly, it is because the dispute board makes regularly scheduled visits to the project site. These regularly scheduled site visits are known to the parties and that fact alone allows the project to ‘keep moving’ as they realise that, should any dispute arise, it can be dealt with at the next regularly scheduled site meeting.
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