WELCOME to the resource area for users of Dispute Boards. The DRBF recommends the DRBF Practices and Procedures manualwhich offers a thorough review of the DB concept. It is written to assist users of the method such as owners, construction managers, architects, engineers, and contractors on employing the process more effectively, as well as guide practitioners in best practice procedures for DBs.

The Member Resume Database, is a useful tool for identifying potential DB candidates who have completed professional DRBF training. Foundation members or those interested in learning more about the process are encouraged to attend a DRBF training workshop and participate in one of our upcoming meetings or conferences, which are held at the local, national and international level.


“The World Bank supports the use of Dispute Boards in the execution of civil works contracts that it finances. Dispute Boards help prevent disagreements becoming formal disputes that so often lead to arbitration. This is the rationale behind the inclusion by The World Bank, and most of its multilateral development bank partners, of provisions regarding the establishment of Dispute Boards in the Harmonized General Conditions of Contracts of the Master Procurement documents for large civil works.”
- Bernard Becq, Head of Procurement Policy, The World Bank
“Utilizing DRBs on larger projects can serve to motivate greater cooperation between parties, resulting in fewer unresolved claims and a reduced litigation potential.”
                - Office of Inspector General, Florida Department of Transportation, USA
“DRBs have become quite common on very substantial infrastructure type projects around the world, many of them involving hundreds of millions of dollars or more. They often comprise three members, one being chairman, who will keep a weather eye on the project as it goes along, with more or less regular meetings at the site. One of the main ideas of having DRBs is that they can look at disputes as they emerge and make recommendations to the parties with a view to "nipping in the bud" such incipient disputes. Obviously, for each contract which provides for a DRB, one needs to analyse what its terms of reference are and contractually what its functions are to be.”
- Mr Justice Akenhead, 2013, Mi-Space (UK) Ltd v Lend Lease Construction (EMEA) Ltd

Partial List of Dispute Board Users

  • California Department of Transportation

  • Central Contra Costa Country Sanitary District

  • Channel Tunnel Rail Link, UK

  • City and County of Copenhagen

  • City of Atlanta, Georgia

  • City of Columbus, Ohio

  • Colorado Department of Transportation

  • Dallas Area Rapid Transit

  • Electricity Corporation of New Zealand

  • Eurotunnel, UK – France

  • Florida Department of Transportation

  • Greater Orlando Airport Authority

  • Greater Vancouver Regional District

  • Hong Kong Airport Authority

  • HydroQuebec

  • International Monetary Fund

  • Los Angeles County Metro Transit Authority

  • Lesotho Highlands Development Authority

  • Massachusetts Highway Department

  • Millennium Challenge Corporation

  • Panama Canal Expansion

  • Port of Seattle

  • Rio 2016 Olympic Games

  • Sacramento Regional Country Sanitation District

  • Toronto Transit Commission

  • United States Bureau of Reclamation

  • University of Washington

  • Virginia Department of Transportation

  • Washington Department of Transportation

  • Washington Metro Area Transit Authority

  • The World Bank