Contract Law

Artificial Intelligence and the Construction/Built environment: Are robots ethical?

Artificial Intelligence and the Construction/Built environment: Are robots ethical?

Most of us welcomed the advent of artificial intelligence, otherwise known as AI in the Construction/Built Environment industries. [rml_read_more] However, some did so with a pinch of salt. The field of artificial intelligence (AI), which refers to work processes of machines that would require intelligence if performed by humans, is evolving rapidly and is poised to grow significantly over the com... »

5 Ways to Develop Institutionalised Conflict Avoidance

5 Ways to Develop Institutionalised Conflict Avoidance

The best way to approach disputes in construction is to avoid them whenever possible entirely, whether the conflict is about poor team communication, project management and workflow delays, design errors and misunderstandings, or unrealistic or mistaken expectations. In this article, we identify a few ways of identifying conflict problems and implementing a process to avoid conflict in the buildin... »

6 Ways to Resolve Disputes Quickly and Avoid Litigation

6 Ways to Resolve Disputes Quickly and Avoid Litigation

Disputes in construction arise; that’s just a fact. While you may want to complain, delay a resolution or even forget about them entirely, the way in which you respond (and how quickly) makes a huge difference. Whether your greatest concern is losing a client or causing a PR nightmare or both, the following six steps can substantially reduce the fallout and impact: »

Is an Electronic Signature Legally Binding?

Is an Electronic Signature Legally Binding?

The infrastructure industry is ever evolving and reinventing itself with the rise of technology. The commercial environment has shifted into a new digital era. This digital era demands instant results. Role-players in the construction sector are often expected to conclude contracts and orders from a ‘mobile’ office via e-mail. »

How to Determine the Boundary Line for Property

How to Determine the Boundary Line for Property

The boundary line or markers of each property are recorded in official town planning diagrams. Information relating to the boundary line can be found on the title deed of the property. The Metropolitan Municipality has authority over Municipal Town Planning. If these plans cannot be found, a registered land surveyor should be approached to re-determine the boundary of the property.  Neighbour Law ... »

The application of proper construction site management techniques impacts your community and environment

The application of proper construction site management techniques impacts your community and environment

Any construction site has a million moving parts to it, so this means that there is a lot that can go wrong. Construction sites and projects are incredibly dynamic and they change constantly, sometimes on an hourly basis.  This article focuses on just a few of the basics of how you can minimise your impact on the public and surrounding communities.  During a commercial construction project, neighb... »

Understanding the Housing Consumers Protection Act  

Understanding the Housing Consumers Protection Act  

The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) is a statutory, regulatory body of the home building industry.   The NHBRC is governed by the Housing Consumers Protection Measures Act, and the Act intends to protect the interests of housing consumers and to promote ethical and technical standards.   Find out more about the Act here: https://www.nhbrc.org.za/the-act/      REGISTRATION   Hom... »

How FIDIC’s new rules impact dispute resolution in Construction projects

How FIDIC’s new rules impact dispute resolution in Construction projects

While many people in the built environment have a working knowledge of the legal and contractual information to FIDIC, the new changes to the Red and Yellow books make it crucial for people to invest time in understanding the fine-print contractual details.  »

Constructive Dispute Resolution Methods

Constructive Dispute Resolution Methods

The construction process is very complex and usually involves many parties to execute a project. Expectations of each party are commonly not clearly defined, communication may have been withheld or misunderstood and ultimately a disputes arises. These disputes can arise between the client and the contractor, the contractor and the sub-contractors, the professionals and the client or a combination ... »

The Importance Of Knowing Your Contract

The Importance Of Knowing Your Contract

In today’s environment; getting appointed on projects can be very challenging.  The margins are lean and work is scarce. The emphasis is just getting the work in, starting the job, and getting the cash flowing.  The terms are simplified to a tender amount and the small print is simply ignored. »