Archive for the ‘Construction Technology’ Category

Launching CMGuide Inaugural Mentoring Programme

We are very delighted to launch the Inaugural Mentoring Programme targeting graduates and early-career professionals in the construction industry.

This is a free service initiated and operated by CMGuide and led by CMGuide Founder (Dr Samer Skaik). The mentoring programme is targeting ambitious graduates and early-career professionals in the construction industry. The programme is only available in Australia. We encourage prospective and interested mentors in Australia who have the experience in any of the mentoring areas to join our ‘Mentors Panel’ ASAP so we can serve and enrol more mentees in the programme. Interested mentors should mention the mentoring area and availability arrangement so we can properly match mentees (protégé) with appropriate mentors. It is completely up to the mentors and mentees once to discuss and agree the mentoring arrangement during the mentoring year such as mentoring duration (not less than 6 months), communication method, frequency of meetings, level of support, etc.  (Read more..)

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Leading experts to gather at International Construction Disputes 2016

International Construction Disputes 2016 brings together the leading experts in the field, including some of the most reputable international construction law practitioners, joined by organisations such as FIDIC and ICC.

The agenda is designed to brief you on the latest approaches to successfully handling disputes, claims, dispute boards, ADR, termination issues and much more besides. (Read more..)

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FIDIC’s biggest Contract Users’ event is just two weeks away

You can benefit from the FIDIC Contracts Committee’s direct guidance by attending this year’s official FIDIC International Contract Users event. They’ll be joined by world-class lawyers, top engineers and contract users from a range of leading companies to make sure that delegates go away with a comprehensive and balanced understanding of the latest contract developments. (Read more..)

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Beware fast tracking complex high rise buildings

By Samer Skaik

In complex high rise projects, employers tend to fast track works where construction can begin while design is still incomplete following three main phases of procurement. Shoring system and piling are firstly procured and awarded to an enabling contractor. Upon completion of enabling works, main design and traditional tendering of the second phase can be concluded in order for main construction works to commence on site. While main work is progressing, design of specialist packages will be completed and nominated subcontractors are appointed in a timely manner shaping the third phase of procurement. Such common phased construction usually results in substantial time saving in project life cycle. However, many fast track projects suffer time and cost overruns due to inherent risks of fast tracking such as design deficiencies and ambiguities in risk allocation between involved parties. This paper aims to investigate pros and cons of fast track procurement approach for complex high rise projects and examine how relevant risks are allocated among enabling contractors, main contractors, nominated subcontractors and project consultants in theory and practice. (Read more..)

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Exclusion clauses: the pitfalls

By ARASH RAJAI

FOR any contractor or service provider entering into a construction contract, one of the most important priorities in contract negotiation is to manage its overall financial exposure.

This is commonly achieved in construction contracts by agreeing to a financial cap on liability and/or by attempting to exclude certain types of liability commonly called “consequential or indirect losses”. (Read more..)

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FIDIC’s 2015 Middle East Contract Users will take place in Abu Dhabi

FIDIC has announced the dates for their 6th Middle Eastern Contract Users’ conference.

The event will take place in Abu Dhabi on 2nd & 5th March.

Readers of CMguide can get a 10% saving by clicking here. (Read more..)

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CMGuide Founder spoke in Melbourne Convention 2014 by Engineers Australia

Samer Skaik at Meloburne ConventionSamer Skaik, the CMGuide Founder delivered 30 minutes oral presentation in “Mastering Complex Projects Conference” at Melbourne convention 2014 which was organized by Engineers Australia.  The Convention is the largest engineering event ever held in the southern hemisphere. Convention bring together all areas of the engineering profession, with national and international keynote speakers exposing delegates to megatrends and thought leadership that will influence the future direction of engineering in Australia. (Read more..)

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Get it straight from FIDIC

It’s time for FIDIC’s 27th International Contract Users’ conference, your team’s annual opportunity for best practice advice on using the contracts, insights on recent and upcoming amendments, guidance for managing major projects and for resolving disputes – delivered directly by more than 40 of the world’s foremost FIDIC experts.

And you can get a 10% saving with this posting, just quote VIP code: FKW82487CMGP (Read more..)

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Construction Contractors & Engineers in Saudi Arabia: Protect Your Innovation

by Ahmad Saleh & Daniel Goodwin

When a technology is a novel and inventive process, machine or composition (“invention”), contractors and
engineering consultants in the construction industry in Saudi Arabia should ask.
‘Is this invention valuable to my business?’ If the answer is ‘Yes’, then they should consider seeking patent
protection to protect their rights. (Read more..)

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Green Routine

By M. Vasanth Kumar

The construction industry is often criticised for neglecting environmental issues in favour of profit.

While the industry as a whole is actively pursuing the building of green building projects, the flip side is that not all companies who are accredited to Green Building Council membership nor all LEED-accredited professionals follow or encourage others to follow eco-friendly practices in their day-to-day tasks. (Read more..)

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