THE NUMBER of new arbitrators appointed by the ICE to resolve disputes has diminished over the past 10 years, with just one person added this year.
As a result the ICE Arbitration Advisory Panel (AAP) will merge with the Conciliation and Adjudication Advisory Panel (CAAP) to become the Dispute Resolution Panel in November this year.
Both panels appoint legal experts to resolve disputes and combining the two panels will reduce administrative costs and the number of meetings required - especially as many of the members are common to both panels.
'It will be a much better way of pooling our resources, ' said AAP chairman Neville Tait He added that the popularity of arbitration was in decline because the construction industry preferred to resolve disputes through the much quicker adjudication process (see box).
'All appointing bodies have seen similar falls. It's undoubtedly due to the popularity of adjudication, ' said Tait.
The ICE plans to publish a 100 day arbitration procedure in September to give parties more confi dence over the time taken to resolve disputes.