The principal objective of the BOARD is to assist in the resolution of disputes, which would otherwise be submitted to litigation processes, and encourage the STATE and the CONTRACTOR to resolve issues at the lowest level possible. If this objective is achieved, such disputes can be resolved promptly, with minimum expense, and with minimum disruption to the administration and performance of the work. It is not intended for the STATE or the CONTRACTOR to default on their normal responsibility to amicably and fairly settle their differences by indiscriminately assigning them to the BOARD. It is intended that the mere existence of the BOARD will encourage the STATE and the CONTRACTOR to resolve potential disputes without resorting to this appeal procedure. But when a dispute which is serious enough to warrant the BOARD's review does develop, the machinery for prompt and efficient action will already be in place.