Individuals involved in construction or other large projects are often unclear as to the obligations of parties regarding claims and how to correctly perform these obligations. Unfortunately, if claims are not managed effectively, there is a probability that issues will escalate into costly and time-consuming disputes. A correct understanding and the proper management of claims can significantly improve the bottom line of construction projects whilst maintaining goodwill between the parties.
This course provides an in-depth examination of the FIDIC Red, Yellow, Silver and Gold books to provide a full understanding of the circumstances under which claims may be made, what may be claimed, the claim procedures and the requirements for engineers' responses and determinations.
Participants will examine each clause within FIDIC contracts for the case of the employer's, contractor's and engineer's personnel, and gain a clear understanding of what the parties must do to comply with the requirements. They will also learn how to prepare and respond to claims and resolve matters at the project level in a timely manner, whilst maintaining good relations with the other party.
The course will be delivered in an interactive format where participants will be encouraged to ask questions and debate issues. Group assignments will be completed and presented to the rest of the group followed by open discussions.
Anyone involved with projects carried out under the FIDIC forms of contract will benefit from attending this course. This includes, but is not limited to, project managers, engineers, quantity surveyors, contract managers, contract administrators, planners, project controls and claims consultants.
Andy Hewitt has over 40 years of experience in the construction industry in the United Kingdom, West Africa, and the Middle East, where he has been based since 1995. He has worked on projects in the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman, Nigeria, Tanzania and Sudan. Andy has held senior commercial, contracts, and project management positions with contractors, sub-contractors and consultants, including several years operating his own consultancy practice, both in the UK and in the Middle East. He has been involved in a wide variety of construction projects, including super high-rise and large low-rise housing developments, hotels, shopping malls, airports, hospitals, heavy civil engineering, process plants, marine works, water treatment plants, water reclamation plants, highways, pipelines, marine works, desalination plants and royal palaces.
Andy’s experience has led him to specialize in contractual issues, claims and dispute management as both a consultant and as a trainer. To this end, Andy developed and launched the Claims Class Distance Learning and Intensive Training Courses, both of which are offered on an internationally.
He is a frequent public speaker at regional contract and construction conferences and is the author of Construction Claims & Responses: Effective Writing and Presentation, and of The FIDIC Contracts: Obligations of the Parties.
Andy is a Fellow of the Institute of Construction Claims Practitioners (FCIOB), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (FCIOB), Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (FCInstCES), an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb) and a member of the Society of Construction Law.