NEC Training dates in Belfast

Jon is doing five and half days of training on different aspects of the NEC in Belfast in late October and November :  a 2 day introductory course; a half day on NEC4, one day on compensation events; and two days on the professional services contracts. Click to find out more. 

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NEC4 : the good, the bad & the ugly.

The NEC4 family of contract was completely updated in July this year.  Jon is doing a two part webinar, via the Association for Project Management, on 14th and 21st November, highlighting the (mainly) good, the bad and ugly changes in the update.

The first webinar will focus on the changes at the contract strategy level e.g. additions to the family; alterations to main payment options and changes made to the secondary option clauses, including the dispute options.

The second will focus on the changes in the Engineering and Construction Contract, many of which are replicated in other members of the contract family, with a focus on the payment, programme, early warning and compensation event clauses.

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NEC3+ Intro in Belfast on 20th September

Jon is doing an introductory day on the NEC3+ Engineering and Construction Contract on Wednesday 20th September in Belfast. The '+' is because he will also have a slide pack on the changes made to the 4th edition in his back pocket, so if anybody asks any questions on it, he should be able to answer. The course is being run through the Construction Employer's Federation and can be found here.

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5 ½ reasons to get rid of the percentage for Working Areas overheads

Jon was recently challenged by a distant project sponsor to justify why he wanted to delete the percentage for Working Area overheads from his NEC3 Engineering and Construction Contracts option C and E cost based contracts for a new framework. Instead, the winning contractors would simply be reimbursed at cost for the items in the percentage. With a few additional stories to bring it alive, this was my response.

Since then, NEC have announced the fourth edition will be published in June and that the percentage will be done away with.

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Contracts for Effective Collaboration

Jon is talking at the Joint RICS / APM Project Leadership conference on 28th March 2017 in London.

Jon's presentation is officially titled 'Tools for Achieving Effective Collaboration' but Jon will actually be talking about 'Contracts for Achieving Effective Collaboration'.  Find out more.  

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How to rapidly build a high performing NEC project team.

This blog is developed from the previous blog 'how to rapidly build a high performing project team from diverse organisations' going down a level of detail in terms of tangible things you can do and actions that are  specific to the NEC Engineering and Construction Contract.

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Should we kill the use of the NEC3 Professional Services Contract ?

In this short article, Jon questions whether NEC3 Professional Services Contract should be as extensively as it is and whether the NEC3 Professional Services Short Contract should be used more.

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Beyond Collaboration

“‪Is it a framework? Is it an alliance? Is a 'packaging' of work? Is it collaborative working? Is it Even Earlier Contractor Involvement (EECI)? Find out what Jon has been developing with Connect Plus, the people who maintain and improve the M25. In this video, Chris Richardson, their commercial director, talks first on the background and drivers for CP, followed by Jon on their future rather groovy contract strategy. 

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What is NEC3 ?

Pleased to say that will be doing my 'What is NEC3 ?' evening presentation at the Royal Scots Club in Edinburgh on 19th April 2016, once again via the APM. 

Last time I did it, an attendee wrote on their blog “A fact packed briefing provided by the enthusiastic and practical Dr Jon Broome ... by jove, what a useful refresher and frankly deep learning experience for me ..." so see if I live up to the review !

Here is the link to sign up :

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The new NEC3 Early Contractor Involvement clauses : a constructive review.

This blog reviews the newly published NEC3 Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) clauses, which are added onto the NEC3 Engineering and Construction (ECC) contract as additional conditions of contract. It briefly outlines what Early Contractor Involvement is; what I like about the ECI clauses; what I don’t like about the ECI clauses and a conclusion.

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Don't use the BIM Protocol with NEC3. Do this instead.

In Jon's view, use of the BIM Protocol is a contractual car crash waiting to happen, whether used with JCT or the NEC3 forms. In this comprehensive blog, Jon outlines the BIM Protocols deficiencies and,  when working at BIM Level 2, what and where to include relevant contracts terms under the NEC3 forms and detail a sensible contract strategy for BIM level 3.


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First print run of NEC3 User's Guide sells out

I've become aware that people are struggling to get hold of the book in time for training events. When I checked this out with the publishers (ICE Publishing), they told me that it was selling far more than other NEC books on the market, that the first print run of 800 odd books had sold out and that they were in the process of getting another 800 odd printed.

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