ECS Associates (Pty) Ltd

ECS Associates (Pty) Ltd – formally Engineering Contract Strategies CC – has been in business since 1993 providing consulting services to the engineering and construction industry. Primarily the service offering was focused on strategic advice, dispute resolution and training on the NEC. Today, the core of the business represents the belief that collaborative relationships between main contracting parties within the value chain, employees and other stakeholders, provide a necessary formula for both improved performance and transformation.

“Our mission is to facilitate the highest standard of skills and services necessary to successfully implement projects in the South African environment through collaborative relationships on all levels and application of best practices in contract administration and project management while beneficially transforming the engineering and construction industry.”

Our services include:

Contract Management

Primarily the service offering was focused on strategic advice, dispute resolution and training based on the NEC Suite, which is now extended to other standard contract forms. Services include claims management avoidance, dispute resolution, adjudication, arbitration and mediation.


Review of project and business processes and recommendation for improvements. Methodologies for increase of productivity in construction environment.

Advice on and implementation of the most suitable contract strategies to support project objectives. Wide range of tools and practices for establishment of alliances and partnering arrangements.


We deliver leadership, development, strategy, and training to executives and corporations.

Creating the learning architecture to transfer knowledge from an experienced project management consultancy to our clients. Creating the knowledge transfer process; assessing capabilities of the client team and addressing gaps; implementing work shadowing, job rotation, mentoring and ether experiential learning methods; measuring and monitoring progression.


We are the experts at all levels of risk management, i.e. Corporate Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Infrastructure, (Sustainable) Energy, Oil & Gas, Mining, Property Development, Manufacturing, Services Industry and engineering/ construction projects.

We are specialists in Monte Carlo Simulation and advanced Excel modeling, which combined with visual basic programming can develop powerful models to calculate risk contingency with a high degree of accuracy.


Our unique mix of relevant resources, tools and methodologies allow us to continually and visually monitor our client’s project performance. We have established a detailed and rigorous reporting system that ensure clients are constantly aware of a project’s status including forensic planning services when required.


Support in winning new business and strategies for development and growth. Assistance with the financial management of projects and negotiating the best possible commercial position. Managing and coordinating activities between procurement, risk, finance and contract management.


Our team of experts offer advisory services on Government procurement, commercial, dispute resolution quantum analysis, forensic technical analysis, disruption and delay claim advisory and independent third-party review analysis.


We have access to a comprehensive range of experienced engineering, construction and project management professionals to assist our clients with their short to medium term assignments in support of project implementation, all through one point of contact. Our approach delivers long-term results and efficiency.


We are the main regional supplier of hard copy NEC documents and guidance manuals. We have enjoyed this premier relationship with the Institution of Civil Engineers of London for over 25 years as we are regarded as the premier NEC experts in the region.


Training in the understanding and application of the contractual and management procedures is an essential pre-requisite to their effective application within the NEC contracts. With Andrew Baird being one of the original NEC system designers and a member of the NEC drafting Panel since inception, we are in the unique position of being able to provide delegates with the best possible training experience coupled with hands-on engineering and construction case studies.

We are an approved CPD Provider in terms of the Engineering Council of South Africa requirements and most of our events qualify for 2 or 1 day CPD credits.

Contact ECS Associates (Pty) Ltd - Office: +27 11 803 3008, Mobile: +27 82 490 4412,,

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