FIDIC Contracts - Introduction (2 days)


The International Federation of Consulting Engineers (commonly known as FIDIC, acronym for its French name Fédération Internationale Des Ingénieurs-Conseils) is an international standards organisation for the construction industry.

FIDIC is well known in the consulting engineering industry for its work in defining Conditions of Contract for the Construction Industry worldwide.

As a result of the popularity of these contracts worldwide, it is imperative that those working within this industry ensure they are up to date with FIDIC procedures.

Aims & Objectives:

By the end of this two day course you should be able to:

  • Describe the purpose of FIDIC contracts and how these contracts are used throughout the Construction Industry.
  • Recognise and understand the terminology of the FIDIC contracts.
  • Differentiate obligations and responsibilities of those personalities managing and working under the Contract and understand the ambit of their obligations and responsibilities and when they cease.
  • Understand how to manage the claim procedure(s) for breach(es) of these contracts in terms of time and money.
  • Understand the mechanism and procedural management and conduct of Dispute Review Boards and Dispute Adjudication Boards and the benefits and burdens they may bring.

On completion of this course, delegates will be able to:

  • Define the options available when considering which Contract to adopt.
  • Describe a variety of methods for procurement.
  • Define individual responsibilities when administering the Contract.
  • Determine how to select the best Contract.
  • Examine the pros and cons of different FIDIC contracts.
  • List the considerations necessary when preparing a Contract.
  • Understand the structure of a Contract; priority and incorporation of documents.
  • Avoid pitfalls when managing delay.
  • Establish how to find information relevant to scope, value, delay and disruption.
  • Apply the skills required to administer the Contract.
  • Understand the notion of Completion and dealing with defects.
  • Draft and administer payment mechanisms.
  • Understand the selection of and process of dispute resolution.

Course Outline:

Day 1


  • The Intended Purpose;
  • Contract Structure and content;
  • The language and philosophy;
  • Subcontracting and Consultants.
  • Entering into Contract;
  • Drafting the Contract.

Allocation of Risks and Responsibilities – The Employer, Engineer and the Contractor

  • Design and/or Contractor’s Obligations and Standards.
  • The Engineer’s duties.
  • The Contractor’s Duties.
  • The Employer’s Duties.
  • Applicable Law(s)
  • Applicable Language.
  • Effective Communication.
  • Management Procedures.
  • Inspecting / Testing / Defects.
  • Taking Over.

Payment and Valuing the Works

  • Sufficiency of prices;
  • Valuing and pricing risk;
  • Measurement and interim/final Valuation;
  • Quotation procedure, effect, acceptance;
  • Financial claims under the Contract;
  • Provisional Sums;
  • Interest;
  • Notices generally and in accordance with the UK Construction Acts 1996 and 2009
  • Workshops throughout the day

    Day 2

    Programme, Progress, Delays and Extensions of Time Claims

  • Commencement;
  • Programming requirement;
  • Method statements;
  • Time for Completion;
  • Notices of Delay;
  • Tests on Completion;
  • Certificate of Completion;
  • Extensions of time;
  • Delay Damages;
  • Suspension.
  • Termination and Administration - Dispute Resolution

    • Authority to terminate;
    • Communication and Procedure;
    • Consequences of termination;
    • Dispute Resolution Procedure overview.

    Workshops throughout the day

    Mode of Delivery:

    As well as a power point presentation highlighting key topics of the FIDIC contracts, course notes will be provided to attendees which provide explanations as to various matters under FIDIC contracts.

    There will be interactive workshops at the end of each day, where people will be split into teams or sit as a group, number dependent, to undertake various tasks regarding the management of FIDIC contract procedures.

    Any queries throughout the day can be brought up within the lecture sessions, during workshops; plus there will also be a question and answer session at the end for people to discuss any further queries in relation to the topic.

    Benefits of Attending:

    • Initially if this is a new subject the benefits delegates will gain from attending will be an that they shall understand the structure and procedural management of these Contracts from tender selection, administration through to settlement, completion and dispute resolution.
    • Subsequently, if this is a follow up course the consideration of nuances under the Contract to further their administrative knowledge and capability whilst working with FIDIC.

    Intended For:

    This course is intended to benefit Main Contractors, Consultants and Clients. The Course caters for those that have never used this form before through to those who are currently operating with it but requiring a refresher or clarity in respect of their day to day obligations.

    Pre-Course Requirements:

    There are no pre-course requirements other than that you attend with a desire to learn and participate.