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There is no such thing as concurrency under an NEC Contract!

That is a bold statement isn’t it, but broadly speaking I believe this to be true. It is other forms of contract that use this term, but then not that uncommon for a Client to introduce concurrency as a Z clause to try to incorporate into an NEC contract as a sweeping statement. What does […]

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Negative Float on an NEC Contract Programme

There are many misconceptions about this topic which this blog post will try to clear up. There are some Clients that actually state within their Scope/Works Information that they will “not accept a programme with negative float”, which is actually ridiculous and shows a lack of understanding as to what it shows and what it […]

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Benefits of a programme at tender stage

There are so many good reasons for a Contractor to submit a thoroughly detailed programme at tender stage. Often it will be a tender requirement to do so, and a fair proportion of the tender score may depend upon the quality of the programme submitted. However, even if one is not specifically requested if I […]

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Clause 63.1 and “actual” versus “forecast” Defined Cost when assessing a compensation event

It appears to be a quite common misconception that if compensation event works have been carried out and the quotation not been agreed, that the quote should be assessed based upon actual cost. This is not correct and could encourage some quite negative behaviours from either party if they thought it may benefit them to […]

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Top ten most important/favourite NEC4 clauses

Someone asked me recently on a training session what is my favourite clause within the contract. I said it was difficult to pick out a single one, but it did get me thinking as to what I considered the most important clauses and why. I have come up with what I believe to be the […]

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Which programme should be used as the “baseline”?

I regularly get asked this question in training sessions. There are two occasions when it will be necessary to compare a programme against a previous one i.e. a previous baseline. The first is when a revised programme is issued for acceptance i.e. what should the new programme be compared to, and the second is for a compensation […]

Covid-19 Compensation Event clause

Before we knew anything about Covid-19, the effects would be claimable by the Contractor as a compensation event under clause 60.1(19) as a “force majeure” type event. However, we all know about Coronavirus now as a potential future risk, so it is less likely to fall under that category as being a compensation event. That […]

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Golden Rules for GMH Planning Academy Planners

Under NEC contracts it is imperative to have an Accepted programme every period. Not always easy on our fast paced construction projects where there is significant change and people are worried about what liability they would be taking on if they were to accept a programme. Our GMH Planning academy planners we expect a very high […]

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NEC Option A

Still amazes me how people get caught out with NEC option A activity schedule-based contracts. Here are a few golden rules with regards to the activity schedule based on the ECC contract (Engineering and Construction Contract) but the same rules would apply for option A under the PSC, ECS and TSC contracts. It is assumed […]

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2017 Project Controls Expo – NEC4 Presentation

Here is the link to the presentation I ran jointly with Hezron Ricketts from Th3rdCurve at the 2017 Project Controls Expo. The session explored some of the changes that NEC4 brings particularly in terms of planning and project controls.

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GMH Planning Academy Launched

This month sees the launch of our GMH Planning Academy. This academy will provide experienced verified planners to our clients to meet their full/part time planning requirements. Our expanding client base are looking for more resources and to this end we are looking to expand our network of excellent NEC experienced planners. If you are […]

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NEC Programme Workshop – 21st February

We have started our schedule for public training in 2018 and will be running an NEC Programme Workshop in central London on the 21st February. Our public sessions are a good chance to mix with fellow industry professionals who will bring different experiences/examples to the sessions. This workshop is a deep dive into NEC programme requirements […]