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The New FIDIC Suite of Contracts, officially launched at this conference in December 2017, has been received with great interest by the global construction industry generating high levels of engagement and debate amongst Users and advisers alike. As Consulting Engineers, Employers, Contractors, and Construction Law professionals form a view on the capabilities of the 2017 Suite, our panel of FIDIC experts and Contracts' Committee members will briefly remind delegates of the main changes introduced and the reasons why these were decided by FIDIC to be necessary or an improvement, and proceed to briefly respond to some of the points raised in the many articles and commentary on the new Suite published in the last few months, thus continuing the dialog started last year. This session will help set the scene for the morning sessions addressing the way in which the new Suite of Contracts has been received by the global industry.
The aim of this session is to offer delegates an in-depth understanding of key comparative features between FIDIC and other forms of contract such as ENAA, NEC, ECC, JCT et al. Our panel of experts will compare and contrast salient aspects of the different forms of contract and examine which types of projects these may be ideally suited to. Likely areas of coverage include:
China’s infrastructure requirements show no signs of slowing down. Specialist advisory firms estimate the investment needed to be circa US$9 trillion by 2025 and Beijing puts that the investment required to build infrastructure supporting its Belt and Road initiative alone at approximately US$ 890 billion – a figure further increased by physical infrastructure network required to realize the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) of re-connecting Asia, Europe and Africa over land and linking East and West via a network of sea routes. FIDIC conditions of contract have been widely used in China for the delivery of major construction projects for a number of years now, primarily in projects financed by foreign governments, international and multilateral organizations or foreign companies. This panel comes together to examine the use of FIDIC in the region and how this is helping underpin major construction projects.
Variations are a key issue on projects. It is important to know how a variation should be ordered and what instructions must be given. Disputes arise when there is a disagreement about whether an item of work counts as extra or if it has been formally ordered.
Claims are not inevitable. Giving attention to their avoidance and containment is just as important as properly presenting and handling them. This session will discuss ways to prevent claims from arising in the first place. In addition, it will focus on the situation if claims do arise and cover how to best present claims and successfully pursue or defend them. Coverage includes:
Our annual “Ask the Experts Q&A” session has become one of our most popular perennials with contract users from across the globe. Put simply, the FIDIC Contract Users’ conference is your conference and this is therefore your opportunity to put your questions directly to members of the FIDIC Contracts Committee in attendance. Our experts will try to address as many of your questions as possible during the two days of the event and these can be submitted to the contracts committee in a number of ways. You can:
The FIDIC Pink book has been included in the IFI Standard Bidding Documents for almost 15 years. During this time, much has evolved in procurement and project delivery. The World Bank, along with other IFIs, has under gone extensive procurement reforms aimed at better achieving value for money. Defining the way forward, so that procurement can be used as a strategic tool in achieving core objectives of recipient countries, as well as financial institutions, considering key issues such as sustainability, integrity, and capacity building, is critical. This session will:
This session will offer an exclusive insight into the new FIDIC guidance on safely modifying FIDIC Conditions of Contract by maintaining the integrity of the FIDIC Golden Principles, to minimize disputes. The presenters are members of Task Group 15 on Golden Principles, whose remit is to determine the limits of acceptable modification of Clauses in the Particular Conditions, so as the resultant contract can still be recognised as a FIDIC compliant contract. These FIDIC Golden Principles are applicable to both the FIDIC 1999 Suite, and the 2017 Second Editions. Case studies on critical Do’s and Don’ts will be provided in the content of this session.
This session will take you through FIDIC’s update of its suite of Agreements, released in February 2017, for use in professional services contracting. The new White Book (update of the 2006 Edition) for Client-Consultant relations, the Sub-consultancy Agreement, 2nd edition, 2017, whenever a White Book (or other) Consultant aims at subcontracting part of its Services, and the JV Agreement for Consultants, 2nd edition 2017, forming a JV or a Consortium to deliver Services to a Client, under a White Book arrangement or other. Coverage includes: