Given the increase of today’s mobile technologies available on the construction site … from smart phones, to iPads and tablets, to electronic drawings and specifications … there are going to be new disputes involving those technologies
In particular, I think we are going to find an increase in disputes when it comes to the use of emails as a means of communication among project members. First, email communications tend to be sent “off the cuff” without creating a draft of the communication that can be reviewed by team members. In addition, you may not have the accurate contract provisions in front of you when you are sending an email from the project site, so your communication may not include the appropriate contract references that you need to support your position or claim. Finally, email communications simply tend to be more informal and can lead to “miscommunications” among the project team members.