NEC3: Project Management under the Engineering & Construction Contract


NEC3 was declared as the default form of contract for producing the UK's 2012 Olympic Games. Adopted by the Highways Agency on the Trunk Road Network many years ago, it has also been used for a number of high profile contracts such as the construction of Terminal 5 at Heathrow. It now enjoys very wide usage for a significant range of construction contracts. Thus, familiarity with this form of contract is essential for any practising Civil Engineer, Architect or Quantity Surveyor.

This presentation considers project management in the Engineering and Construction Contract which is a significant element of NEC3.

Civil engineering projects have has a bad press for many years. Indeed the poor publicity may extend over a period of several centuries. Even the genius of Brunel could not stop time and cost overruns. There is no doubt that improved project management will reduce these problems and produce an improved project.

Part of the approach used by the body that produced the various NEC conditions of contract was motivated by an intention to improve project management. Indeed in many NEC conditions of contract the employer's representative it titles the "Project Manager" thus demonstrating this underlying philosophy.

As indicated above, this course looks at project management in relation to the Engineering & Construction Contract. It does so by considering the various actions for which the Project Manager is responsible in this form of contract. Consideration is supported by 27 specimen letters related to a number of actions that are the responsibility of the Project Manager.

Aims & Objectives:

At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the mechanisms employed by the Engineering and Construction Contract to promote good project management
  • Be familiar with the project Manager's powers and responsibilities under the Engineering and Construction Contract
  • Know what has to be included in letters from the Project Manager to the Contractor in order to meet the requirements of individual clauses in the Engineering and Construction Contract

Course Outline:

Session 1 Fundamental Good Site Practice

  • Flexibility
  • Clarity and Simplicity
  • Stimulus to good Management

Session 2 Fundamental Good Site Practice

  • Records
  • Meetings

Session 3 The Project Manager's Actions under the ECC

The project manager's actions are discussed, including the following:

  • Communications
  • Early Warning
  • The Contractor's Design
  • Subcontracting, Starting, Completion and Key Dates
  • Tests and Inspections
  • Insurance by the Employer
  • Termination
  • Searching for and Notifying Defects
  • The Activity Schedule
  • The Contractor's Share
  • Plant and Materials
  • Repairs etc.

Session 4 Review and Discussion

Mode of Delivery:

This course consists of lectures supported by interactive case studies

Intended For:

  • Those intending to prepare contracts using the ECC for works of construction and maintenance
  • Those pricing tenders based on the ECC
  • Those involved in supervising or constructing works on behalf of the Employer or the Contractor