Project Management

PMP Hints, Project Management

Learn About Earned Value Management (EVM)

Have you ever been asked how far along you were on a project? Of course you have. If you do not have a valid schedule, or if you are not keeping the schedule up-to-date, you know that your answer is pretty much a guess. If you have a good schedule and you are keeping it up-to-date, you should have a sense for how much work is remaining and what the projected end-date is. But are you 50% complete? Or 90% complete? It is not always easy to know.

Earned value metrics were established to remove the guess work from determining where you are at in relation to a baseline. Using it allows a project manager to know precisely how far along he is, how much work is remaining, what the expected cost will be, and all sorts of other interesting information. …

Contract Administration, Project Management

Managing Payment Delays on International Construction Projects

(The following outline was used in a presentation to the Overseas Construction Association of Japan, Inc. (OCAJI) The Dynamics of Payment

As a construction project moves toward completion, the Contractor loses leverage, and the Employer gains leverage.

This is based on the reality that the Contractor builds the project, and the Employer simply pays money. As the project nears completion, the Contractor has less leverage because the Employer is close to obtaining what he bargained for – a completed project. This is the time when the Employer will be inclined to suspend or reduce payments to the Contractor, not early in the Project.  …

Construction Law, Contract Administration, General Management, Project Management

Construction Law Summer School – IBC Legal’s 13th Annual Conference

“An international fiesta for construction industry professionals.”

 Join your international peers at IBC Legal’s most comprehensive construction law event for 3 days of intensive learning and networking

Construction Law Summer School – IBC Legal’s 13th Annual Conference

3rd – 5th September 2013 – Downing College, Cambridge University, UK

CMguide readers get a 10% saving …

Construction Industry, Construction Law, Contract Administration, Project Management

Top Tips For Handling Disputes In The UAE

by Richard Bell and James Fox

No business wants to enter into a dispute. Disputes are often costly, tie up management time and distract staff from profitable work. In the UAE where a civil dispute is sometimes accompanied by a criminal complaint, a dispute can have a significant impact on key staff, including travel bans and the stress of facing criminal charges. Taking the right action from the beginning of a dispute can help to resolve the dispute faster, more efficiently and at less cost. …

Construction Law, Contract Administration, Procurement Management, Project Management

Bridging the contractual gap between an employer and a sub-contractor in the UAE

By Eric Teo

What are the rights of an employer in the event a nominated sub-contractor fails to deliver the standard or quality of material and workmanship that the employer had expected to receive? Common wisdom dictates that the employer would ordinarily seek recourse against the main contractor for the sub-contractor’s failure, but are there any alternatives?

To answer the above question we need to firstly understand that there are, in practice, two types of sub-contractors: domestic sub-contractors and nominated sub-contractors. Secondly, we should examine the contractual relationships between the three parties, i.e. the employer, the main contractor and the sub-contractor. …

Construction Law, Contract Administration, Project Management

Limit of changes that can be introduced under variation provisions!

by Dr  Chandana Jayalath

Changes are inevitable in any construction therefore the parties are provided a flexibility to make changes to the work under a typical contract changes clause. However, the ability for owner requested changes, even if provided in the contract, are not without limitations, restrictions as well as consequences.

Construction Law, Construction Technology, Contract Administration, Project Management

FIDIC Asia-Pacific Contract Users – take a look at these 6 great reasons to attend

FIDIC’s 5th Asia-Pacific Contract Users’ conference is taking place on 11th & 12th June in Malaysia (workshops on 10th & 13th June).

If you’re involved in this region then you won’t want to miss out! Take a look a look at these 6 great reasons to attend:

Construction Industry, General Management, Project Management

Trust & teamwork should be our mantra

By Vasanth Kumar  

As Qatar seems set finally to award raft of contract awards with highly compressed time limits, one of the key challenges will be “teamwork” amongst various stakeholders involved in the construction industry.

These mega project awards will modernise the country in line with the ambitious National Vision 2030 and the FIFA world cup in 2022 but Doha can’t afford any project delays which will be a fertile breeding ground for disputes ,penalties and lawsuits between the various parties involved in construction. …

Construction Law, Contract Administration, Procurement Management, Project Management

N is for the Novation

By Suzannah Newboult

When a party is substituted for another party to contract and assumes the original party’s rights and/or obligations, it does so either by way of ‘novation’ or ‘assignment’. Party A contracts with Party B. Party C is substituted for Party B. The contract is now between Party A and Party C.

If the substitution has occurred by way of novation, then the original contract is effectively replaced by a new contract on the same terms as if the new party, (Party C in the example above) was party to the contract from the outset. …

Construction Industry, Construction Technology, Project Management, Sustainability

5D BIM Could Radically Enhance Costing Process

By Marc Howe
The use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) could radically enhance the costing process following its expansion beyond quantities calculation and specifications data to other core areas of project management.

While BIM has thus far focused primarily on the use of digital representations of the physical and functional traits of a facility to guide both the design and construction processes, the next generation of BIM adds even greater functionality by providing advanced tools for estimating costs throughout a project’s life cycle. …

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