Z clauses: The Good, the Bad and iPhone DIY

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Z clauses: The Good, the Bad and iPhone DIY

“Option Z: The additional conditions of contract” is almost a footnote in the NEC contracts at the back of the secondary option clauses.  So why does it often evolve into a document several times longer than the contract?

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Cooperation, collaboration and a dog on a moped...

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Cooperation, collaboration and a dog on a moped...

During a lively debate at the NEC Users Group seminar someone asked why we were talking about collaboration when the contract only asks for “a spirit of mutual trust and cooperation”, what followed was a discussion on the difference between those two concepts.  It’s an interesting distinction and this blog seeks to answer the following questions...

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BIM & NEC3 - keeping it simple

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BIM & NEC3 - keeping it simple

Building Information Modelling (BIM) & the NEC3® contract – our 7 point guide to keeping it simple...

  1. BIM stands for Building Information Modelling (or Model) which the US National Building Information Model Standard Project Committee define as –
    “A digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility… and a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle.”

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Project governance – being informed means being empowered!

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Project governance – being informed means being empowered!

We can probably all recall an Employer (client) who at some time or other approached the delicate balance of delegating authority to Project Managers with either too much suffocating governance or not enough control to limit their risk exposure.  Perhaps you’re currently struggling with achieving this balance?

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NEC3 communications – mind the gaps!

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NEC3 communications – mind the gaps!

It’s no secret that to achieve as a team we need to trust and cooperate with each other. In construction projects, trusting and collaborative environments are always the most productive, profitable and enjoyable ventures.

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