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CMGUIDE is the MEDIA PARTNER of the second FIDIC Contract Users’ conference

Get to grips with the ins and outs of using FIDIC contracts at an event designed by FIDIC and featuring FIDIC speakers.

The 2nd annual FIDIC Middle East Contract Users’ conference is taking place on Wednesday 23rd & Thursday 24th February 2011 in at the InterContinental Abu Dhabi.

Cmguide readers get a 10% discount to attend! Quote VIP Code: KW8116CMGP or visit:
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Contractors will have to be patient if they want to benefit from Qatar’s World Cup

By Stuart Matthews
 FIFA has made the people of Qatar very happy and that happiness is spreading quickly. Judging by the regional response to the country’s winning World Cup bid, the population of the GCC can barely wait the twelve years until the first kick-off of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. (Read more..)

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Safety first

by Sarah Blackman

zoomNets can be used to eliminate fall hazards but personal protective equipment should also be used when working at height.next »In order to prevent injuries or fatalities at work, companies should go out of their way to reduce hazards wherever possible. Where there is the slightest risk that someone could get hurt, personal protective equipment should always be used, as experts tell Facilities Management Middle East. (Read more..)

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Leading causes of project failure in region

 

The majority of respondents pointed to improper planning and methodology (78 per cent), lack of communication (75 percent), and unrealistic target completion dates (67 percent) as the top three contributing factors to project failure. They also identified inadequate commitment and involvement from senior management (59 percent), insufficient budgets and resources (56 percent), too many assumptions and unknowns (51 percent), project politics and conflicts (38 percent), lack of set targets or measurable results (45 percent), and the formation of the wrong project team (27 percent) as other major causes. (Read more..)

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Are Project Managers Overrated?

Not everyone believes in project managers. Some common complaints include:

  • They focus on planning and processes, and in the end, don’t produce anything of value.
  • They speak using business and project management double-talk, and produce only papers, charts,
    graphs, analysis, etc, to justify why no actual product was going into production.
  • They have a lack of real experience in the subject area, and they do not know how to actually build a final deliverable. (Read more..)

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Tests on Completion under the FIDIC Yellow Book

by Sarah Thomas

I am a contractor working on a wastewater project in Eastern Europe, using the FIDIC Yellow Book –Design & Build. Vol.3 of our contract contains the following clause:

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Legislation on waste disposal in Russia: some practical tips for contractors

by George Burn

Post prepared by Karina Chichkanova (Partner, Head of Salans’ St. Petersburg Real Estate Group) and Galina Pashkovskaya (Associate)

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Contractual Easter Eggs

by John Bishop

Monday was a public holiday in China, to celebrate Qing Ming, the Chinese tomb-sweeping festival which also happily coincided with Easter. I spent some time explaining to my Chinese friends the Easter story, and how in recent times there have been other interpretations involving bunnies and chocolate eggs.

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Opening the Door to U.S. Federal Court a Wee Bit Wider

by Andrew Ness

When forced to litigate in the U.S., many businesses – especially multinational ones – prefer to be in federal rather than state court. The U.S. Supreme Court just made it a bit easier to fulfill that desire.

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Changes Afoot – the Proposed Arbitration Fairness Act

by Andrew Ness

The U.S. has been a staunch supporter of arbitration since 1925, when the U.S. Arbitration Act became law. The Arbitration Act makes arbitration agreements binding and simple to enforce, without significant exception. Rather suddenly, a substantial backlash against mandatory arbitration has appeared on the scene. One of the clearest indicators is the proposed Arbitration Fairness Act (H.R. 1020) that was introduced in the House of Representatives in February of 2009, and is still very much in play. While the anger is not directed at construction dispute arbitration, the concern is that commercial arbitration will end up being limited in important ways, as well as mandatory arbitration schemes where the use of arbitration is seen as one-sided and unfair.

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