Nominating the best project subcontractors

by Mukund Karnick

In his second article, Mukund Karnick, senior contracts advisor at Nakheel’s Palm Jebel Ali, broaches the topic of Nominated Subcontractors (NSC). The benefits of introducing Nominated Subcontractors (NSC) in tenders By introducing NSC in tenders, the client: [Read more…]

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Problems with using critical path analysis for proving delay claims

By Robert Palles-Clark

In my previous article for the Legal Review, I argued that, in the case of a claim for delay on a construction project, the courts are directing us towards the need for some sort of critical path analysis to be provided as part of the evidential material required to prove the claim. There are plenty of planners out there that will tell you that the use of critical path analysis for this purpose is essential. It is certainly the norm ultimately for both parties to an arbitration or litigation concerning delays to appoint planning experts and for those experts to present their critical path model and analysis of the delays contended for. In this article I thought that it would be interesting to examine some of the many problems associated with the requirement and use of such techniques. [Read more…]

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Resolving Quality Problems

Quality problems may not be raised to the level of an issue, but they are problems nonetheless and can be resolved using some of the same problem-solving techniques described in Managing Issues. Guessing the cause of the problem rarely works. A structured approach works much better. You want to not only resolve this particular problem, but you also want to understand the problem well enough so that you can identify the root cause and ensure that this particular quality problem does not occur again. [Read more…]

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Does every silver lining have a cloud?

by Chris Larkin

The construction market in the UAE poses many challenges: the number and scale of projects have generated a tremendous demand for construction services; the weakening of the US dollar against other major currencies coupled with other inflationary factors has further increased the cost of construction; and the potential impact on the global economy caused by difficulties in the US sub-prime market has created uncertainty amongst investors. These issues give rise to particular risks for developers and contractors alike. [Read more…]

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Stats needed to put clause into effect

by Conrad Egbert

A lack of government indices and statistics for the UAE construction sector is making it difficult to incorporate ‘escalation clauses’ into contracts, according to industry experts. [Read more…]

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Construction industry still suffering from skills shortage despite the recession

Results from the Chartered Institute of Building’s (CIOB) third annual skills survey show that the industry is still suffering a skills shortage despite the recession and downturn in construction demand. [Read more…]

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Take care when taking over: Contractor liability explained

by Steven Hunt

sense that, for many contractors, ‘taking over’ is seen as the moment when the proverbial foot can come off the gas – the time when the contractor is finally relieved of the burden of delivering the project. For a contractor the process of taking over is an important one as the care of the works will pass to the employer and the employer’s entitlement to recover liquidated damages will cease. It is not, however, the end of the story for the contractor as he will remain liable for defective workmanship and materials beyond handover. [Read more…]

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Manage Communication – Large Projects

In a large project, all communication takes place in context of an overall Communication Management Plan. Status meetings and status reporting are required, just as for a medium-size project. In addition, there are many other types of proactive communication that need to be considered. This creative and proactive communication is laid out in a Communication Management Plan, which is created as follows. [Read more…]

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Picking up the pieces

by Ian Ingram-Johnson
 Memories of the GCC, being an island of opportunity for contractors to shelter from worldwide economic storms, are now distant in most people’s minds.

The contracting landscape is so changed from a year ago that it is barely recognisable. Simply put, there is less money for clients, less business for contractors and the fear of insolvency for certain key players. [Read more…]

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Create Quality Management Plan

The Quality Management Plan describes how you will ensure that the client’s quality requirements are achieved and to describe the processes and activities that will be put into place to ensure that quality deliverables are produced. The Quality Management Plan allows you to understand when the deliverables are complete as well as how to show they are correct. [Read more…]

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