What is Forensic Analysis in the World of Construction?

Excitement at the start of any project always runs high. Owners are antsy to begin the “fun” part of the build and contractors are eager to please – in part to secure the business. Unfortunately, rushing work or not vetting contractors usually manifests itself as cut corners and false hope – all of which cause the project to grind to a halt at some inevitable point down the road.

It’s at times like this when construction consultants like us get called in to clean up the mess – often because the contractor or architect made mistakes during pre-construction like not securing appropriate permits to do the job.

Enter Forensic Investigation

When we enter a project mid-way through and find the build in a state of chaos, it’s time to start digging. Forensic analysis involves working on a project backward. We engage in detective-like work to uncover what went wrong when, where, and by whom.

We’ve been called in on projects that have no permits, no drawings, and a foundation already in place. Through forensic investigation, we discover a lack of coordination, unfinished work, and a project that is far from meeting city requirements.

Problems like these arise when owners underestimate the skill it takes to orchestrate a commercial project. Seemingly small mistakes like not vetting contracts or contractors, failing to see gaps in the scope of work, communication breakdowns, and more are costly errors that could mean an indefinite end to the project.

Contact Us at Seacoast Consulting Group

At Seacoast Consulting Group, we know the devil is in the details and it’s why we keep painstakingly accurate records of everything. This starts from Day 1 when bids are compared and contracts are negotiated. Errors at the outset can lead to a forensic chase down the road if close attention is not paid every step of the way.

Regardless of where you are in your project, we are here to help get it back on track so you can accomplish an on-time, on-budget build. Contact our office to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help ensure success with your project.

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