FIDIC’s Middle Eastern Contract Users’ conference returns for a 3rd year!

This is your annual opportunity to get best practice advice on using the FIDIC contracts and updates on the contract changes and amendments – directly from the very people who drafted them!

Get a 10% discount with VIP code: FKW82257CMGP1 – and if you book by the end next Thursday 15th December you’ll get the lowest early bird prices as well. [Read more…]

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Estimating a Project for Planning Purposes

When a project or collection of projects is in the idea or concept stage, you want to put together a high-level estimate to see whether or not the project is worth pursuing. You typically do not want to spend too much time working on a detailed estimate at this point, since you do not know if the idea is a worthwhile. Basically, you just want to know the relative magnitude of the effort. While you may be asked to provide a high-level estimate of the cost, the business people are also struggling to try to understand and quantify what the benefits of the project will be. [Read more…]

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BIM raises liability and copyright issues

By KATIE LISZKA

Building information modelling (BIM) is being used increasingly across the construction industry as a tool to reduce costs and encourage good communication and coordination between project participants. It has been used in the US for several years and its use is now spreading across the globe. For example, it has been used by GHD architects on the Palm Jebel Ali project in Dubai, UAE. [Read more…]

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Tips for Creating a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

Detail and Summary Activities

If you look at a WBS activity and determine that it needs to be broken down to another level, the original activity becomes known as a “summary” level. A summary activity does not have any work or hours specifically associated with it. It represents a logical roll-up of the activities that are under it. [Read more…]

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Work on the Project Charter, Schedule and Budget Simultaneously

There is not necessarily sequential order between defining (planning) the project and building the schedule and budget. That is, you do not have to completely define the work first and then build the schedule and budget second. Some of the sections of the Project Charter, such as the estimates for cost and duration, cannot be completed without starting to lay out the overall project schedule. [Read more…]

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Variations in Construction Contracts

Variations in Construction Contracts

Variations in construction contracts can mean changes to the terms of the contract or it can mean changes to the scope or character of the works. In this article, Lim Chuen Ren looks at variations in construction contracts in the latter sense.

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Estimating Threshold

When you create a schedule you generally don’t know enough to enter all of the detailed activities the first time though. Instead, you identify large chunks of work first, and then break the larger chunks into smaller pieces. These smaller pieces are, in turn, broken down into still smaller and more discrete activities. This technique is referred to as creating a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). [Read more…]

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Incorporation by Reference

What is ‘incorporation by reference’? Put simply, it is a means by which the parties to a contract make reference to a standard form of contract conditions, technical specifications or similar publication without the need of having to retype the whole of that document in order for it to form part of the documentation which together forms the contract between the parties. [Read more…]

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On-demand bonds are not foolproof

KATIE LISZKA* looks at the circumstances in which the beneficiary of an on-demand performance bond may be prevented from calling on the bond for reasons outside the terms and conditions of the bond itself.

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Retrospective Delay Analysis Techniques

In the Society of Construction Law Delay and Disruption Protocol, four retrospective delay analysis techniques are referred to, as follows:
1. As-Planned v As-Built.

2. Impacted As-Planned.

3. Collapsed As-Built.

4. Time Impact Analysis.

A brief analysis of each of these delay analysis techniques is given below.

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