Causes, Effects and Improving Risk Management to Help Avoid Delays

A one-day conference

Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Date: 6th September 2017

The construction sector will deliver significant growth over the next five years, bringing new skills, jobs, business and financial growth to the country – assuming the current compliance and regulatory world can be successfully navigated, professional resources are in place and there is an acute awareness of how potential risks, if not correctly managed, could create a slowing down of momentum and ultimately a slowing down of business activity in the sector. Read more >>

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This business conference is a must attend event for those who wish to be on top of the latest thinking, are as prepared as they can be for potential delays and disruptions and have a long term view of future business development for their organisation. The Irish construction sector is becoming more ambitious, delivering bigger and more sophisticated building projects, many of which stand up to the best buildings on an international level. The momentum is moving forward for the construction sector and what is needed is a minimum of delay in delivering projects and an assurance of minimum disruption.

Construction delays are not confined to deliberate causes and can stem from numerous other risks, such as technical, social, legal, financial, resources, actual construction or commercial reasons as well as competence or skills shortage issues.

The effects of these delays can be time over runs, cost over runs, disputes, arbitration, litigation, reputational damage and in worst cases, abandonment.  

CMG Events are Irelands leading business conference organisers for the built environment in Ireland and are hosting a one day business event to examine and explore the causes, effects and most importantly, steps to help avoid delays and disruptions when delivering projects.




Registration with tea, coffee and pastries


Opening remarks from Conference Chairperson
Fiona Forde – Barrister, specialising in construction law



Delays and Disruptions Examined
Louis Gunnigan, Team Leader for the College of Engineering & Built Environment at DIT Grangegorman Campus Planning Team


The Clients Perspective
Sean Moylan, Senior Architect MRIAI, The Office of Public Works


The professional team – are we all on the same page?
Neasa Kane-Fine, Director and Head of RPS Project Communications


Hank Fogarty – Conciliator & Former Director of SIAC Group


Q+A Session


Coffee break and chance to network


Project Delays under the microscope
Gerry O’Sullivan – Mulcahy McDonagh and Partner


Claims Management and Recovery 
John Lyden – Conciliator and Arbitrator


Lunch and chance to network


A commercial overview of loss of productivity
John Delaney – Associate Director HKA (formerly Hill International)


Using project records to show delay and disruption
Geoff Bewsey – Partner, HKA (formerly Hill International)


Q&A – A chance for open floor discussion and questions


Conference close

Hank Fogarty

Hank Fogarty

Conciliator – Former Director of SIAC Group

Hank Fogarty is a chartered engineer with over 40 years practical experience in civil engineering and building construction – 38 with the SIAC Group.

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He directed the SIAC Group’s civil engineering business since 1979, serving as a director for 23 years, during which time SIAC grew into one of Ireland’s largest, most diverse and successful construction groups. He is a member of the Dispute Resolution Band Accreditation Boards of Engineers Ireland. He has been actively involved in the Construction Industry Federation, and served as President of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association and the Chairman of the Contracts Committee which consulted with the Department of Finance on the introduction on the new GCCC forms of contract.

Fiona Forde

Fiona Forde

Barrister specialising in Construction Law

Called to the Bar in 2002, Fiona is dual qualified as both a barrister and a mechanical engineer.

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Fiona trained in London with the legal team of a global firm of consulting engineers before acting as legal adviser to their Irish offices and has experience in both contentious and non-contentious legal construction work. She holds a Masters Degree in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution, a Postgraduate Diploma in Irish Construction Law and Contract Administration and an LLM in Public Procurement Law and Policy. As a Barrister, Fiona has been instructed across the full spectrum of engineering and construction disputes from professional indemnity insurance, loss, expense and prolongation claims, defects claims, public procurement and adjudication. Fiona is familiar with all the major forms of construction contracts from the traditional Irish RIAI and IEI forms to NEC, FIDIC and the Irish Public Works forms.

Gerry O’Sullivan

Gerry O’Sullivan

Chartered QS, Barrister-at-Law

Gerry is a highly experienced expert in construction law.

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He has extensive experience having worked on large & high profile educational, healthcare, commercial, residential & infrastructural projects. Working with Mulcahy McDonagh & Partners (MMP) since 2000, he has served on many professional committees within the Construction Industry, and is Chairperson of the Society of Chartered Surveyors’ Dispute Resolutions Committee as well as Vice Chairman of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Dispute Resolutions Standing Committee. He is currently on the panel of conciliators/arbitrators for the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland, the CIF and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and is an accomplished author.

Louis Gunnigan

Louis Gunnigan

Team Leader for the College of Engineering & Built Environment at DIT Grangegorman Campus Planning Team

Louis Gunnigan is Team Leader for the College of Engineering & Built Environment on the DIT Campus Planning Team on the new campus development project at Grangegorman.

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He is a visiting lecturer at the Vienna University of Technology and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building. He previously held the positions of Head of Department of Construction Management & Technology and Head of the School of Construction in DIT in a career that spans over 30 years of experience in construction education and practice.

Neasa Kane-Fine

Neasa Kane-Fine

Director and Head of RPS Project Communications

Neasa Kane-Fine is Director and Head of Project Communications at RPS, Ireland’s leading engineering, environment, planning, project management and communications consultancy.

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She has over 20 years’ experience in communications and public relations. Neasa and her team in RPS provide project communications advisory to construction, environmental sustainability and public infrastructure projects throughout Ireland. She has successfully managed crisis communications for projects including construction site accidents, protests, court injunctions and IR issues that resulted in work stoppages and delays.

John Lyden

John Lyden

Conciliator and Arbitrator

John is an Adjudicator, Arbitrator, Conciliator, Mediator and Chartered Quantity Surveyor.

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He is a member of
the Panel of Adjudicators appointed by the Minister under section 8 of the Construction Contracts Act 2013; Engineer’s Ireland Arbitrators Panels of Arbitrators and Conciliators; Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland Panels of Adjudicators; Arbitrators/Experts; and Conciliators/Mediators and the Construction Industry Federation National Contractual Dispute Services Panel.

Geoff Bewsey

Geoff Bewsey

Partner, HKA (formerly Hill International)

Geoff Bewsey is a Partner with over 40 years of experience in design, contracting and consultancy in the engineering and construction industries.

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He is a specialist in programming and analysis of delay and disruption on complex, major projects. Geoff’s sector experience includes oil and gas facilities, power and process plants, roads and bridges, retail and industrial developments, as well as hospitals, schools, colleges and other public buildings.
Geoff moved into consultancy in 1999, drawing on his management and commercial experience in construction to advise clients on project management, dispute avoidance and bid management. Geoff has also assisted clients to establish record and control systems that enable responsive monitoring and management of production in their construction works, and provides support and training to clients concerning time management skills and procedures.

John Delaney

John Delaney

Associate Director, HKA (formerly Hill International)

John Delaney is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

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He has 15 years commercial experience on a range of projects in civil engineering, transport, airports, mixed-use, high rise, commercial, residential, industrial, health and local authority sectors. John is currently providing cost and commercial management services, expert witness services and dispute resolution services to a number of clients across a broad range of sectors specifically construction, civil engineering and gas pipelines. In the course of his career, John has acted as a Senior Consultant on multi million pound disputes, arbitrations, adjudications and provided claim preparation / management on a number of projects under both standard and bespoke contracts.

Sean Moylan

Sean Moylan

Senior Architect MRIAI, The Office of Public Works

Seán Moylan is a Senior Architect in the Office of Public Works.

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He is an experienced architect and has worked across a wide range of building types and scales; cultural institutions, courthouses, libraries, visitor centres and office buildings. He has acted as Employer’s Representative on a number of public works contracts. He also has experience of PPP Procurement and is Project Architect for Cork Criminal Courthouse. Earlier in 2017 he won the RIAI’s Award for Conservation and Restoration for his work on Kilmainham Courthouse and Gaol. He is currently working on case studies for the implementation of NZEB – Nearly Zero Energy Buildings for OPW owned estate. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

This conference content and advice will relate to professionals and executives involved directly and indirectly in the construction and related sectors including: major contractors, suppliers, specialist contractors, engineers, architects, project management professionals, executives from the legal and financial world, local authority executives, technical managers, environmental professionals, HR managers as well as client company executives, national government executives and planning professionals.    

There will be 6 structured CPD points awarded to all attendees at this conference from the CPD certification service

Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

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