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Opening and Closing remarks of Construction Lifecycle Risk Management Conference

Construction Lifecycle Risk Management Conference

Date: 17th & 18th April 2011

Venue: Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Welcome and Opening Remarks by the Chairperson, Samer H SkaikWelcome and Opening Remarks by the Chairperson Samer H Skaik

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good morning.

I am delighted to join our speakers in welcoming you all and open this Conference on “Construction lifecycle Risk Management” in Abu Dhabi.

It gives me great pleasure and honor to chair this conference. I am so happy that we have in this hall, dedicated individuals from different backgrounds and expertise, from various industries across the GCC region. Those delegates who travelled for miles remind us how important this conference is. Thank you all for coming.

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RECORDS, RECORD, RECORDS – Importance for Contract Claim

Contract Requirement

Max Abrahamson in his book Engineering Law and The ICE Contract wrote

” A party to a dispute, particularly if there is an arbitration will learn three lessons (often too late) the importance of records, the importance of records and the importance of records”. This quotation came to mind recently when I read the judgement in the case of Attorney General for the Falkland islands v Gordon Forbes construction (Falklands) Limited. A contract was let for the construction of the infrastructure of the East Stanley Housing Development in the Falkland Islands using the FIDIC 4th Editions conditions.

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The FIDIC Contracts and Construction Law

The FIDIC Contracts and Construction Law
Free Open Lecture
Professor Dr. Nael G. Bunni

Date: Friday, 1st April, 2011
Time: 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm (free admission)
Venue: BUiD Auditorium, 1st Floor, Block 11, Dubai International Academic City (Read more..)

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CMGUIDE is the MEDIA PARTNER of of Construction Lifecycle Risk Management Conference

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Head Office Overhead & Profit Claims – Why Hudson’s Formulae Failed Most of the Time?

If you are a contractor and having a delayed project (presumably not solely caused by you!), Head Office Overheads Contributions may be in your list for Loss and Expense claims. It is common for contractor to adopt the simplest and so called ‘accepted’ method of calculating such expenses hoping the other side will accept it too. (Read more..)

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Variations Clause
Most standard forms of contract include a clause under which the employer or his representative is able to issue an instruction to the contractor to vary the works which are described in the contract. A change in shape of the scheme, the introduction of different materials, revised timing and sequence are all usually provided for by the variations clause. It will also usually include a mechanism for evaluating the financial effect of the variation and there is normally provision for adjusting the completion date. In the absence of such a clause the employer could be in a difficulty should a variation to the works be required. The contractor could either refuse to carry out the work or undertake the work and insist upon payment on a quantum meruit or fair valuation basis. Calculation of the price for the extra work applying this method could involve payment well in excess of the contract rates. (Read more..)

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Importance of contractor progress payment terms

It has been said that an army marches on its stomach. Contractors and subcontractors in the construction industry run on cash. Lord Denning many years ago made the oft repeated phrase that cash flow is the lifeblood of the construction industry and this sentiment is still relevant today. Estimators when preparing tenders usually concentrate on building profits into the price. Of equal importance is the amount of working capital required to fund the contract and the need to keep the amount to a minimum. The payment terms are therefore crucial to every contractor and subcontractor. Certification and payment should be the subject of careful strategy and planning. (Read more..)

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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: (Read more..)

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Security of payment

By Dr Jay Palmos

To date, both the public and private sector’s attempts to resolve this problem have failed. Security of Payment (SOP) style legislation has successfully solved this issue in other jurisdictions, and should be considered in Dubai before we lose the best sub-contractors and suppliers to other more reliably paying regions. Just last month, Laing O’Rourke closed its Middle East division of 20 000. The loss of this and other superior-grade contractors signifies that the presently available source of high-quality contractors has diminished. (Read more..)

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What is Conciliation?

By Dennis Brand

Conciliation is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process whereby the parties to a dispute agree to utilize the services of a conciliator, who then meets with each of the parties separately in an attempt to resolve their differences. Conciliation differs from arbitration in that the conciliation process, of itself, has no legal standing, and differs from mediation in that the parties seldom, if ever, actually face each other across the table in the presence of a conciliator.

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