NEC3: NEC Asia Pacific Users' Group Conference 2013 Product code: L06340

Nov 25 th

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Event Sponsors

  • Pinsent Masons
  • EC Harris
  • Mott MacDonald
  • Kum Shing
  • Plus 3

The NEC Asia Pacific Users’ Group has been enjoying a steady growth since it was established in 2010 and has attracted members from all facets of industry including contractors, consultants, client-side and legal.

To encourage the continued growth of this support network we held our second NEC Asia Pacific Users’ Group conference on 25 November 2013. This event followed the hugely successful Inaugural NEC Users’ Group Asia Pacific Conference in 2012, which focussed on how NEC3 had been adopted by the Asia Pacific region.

In 2013, delegates were invited to learn more about how and why NEC3 has been even more widely applied in Hong Kong. The morning programme featured several high profile speakers, including CS Wai of the Development Bureau, Ken Ko of Chun Wo Construction, Tsui Wai of the Drainage Services Department, Andrew Chan of CLP Power Hong Kong and Lee Askey of Liang O’Rourke to name a few. Topics included:

  • Progress and challenges for NEC3 as it moves closer to becoming the preferred standard form of public sector contract for Hong Kong
  • The successful application of NEC3 in high profile projects including the Fuk Man Road Nullah Project, the Happy Valley Storm Water Drainage Scheme and the CLP Transmission Substation Programme
  • How, from a legal perspective, using NEC3 achieves efficient project management, collaborative partnering, dispute avoidance and cost-effectiveness in projects

In the afternoon, delegates were given the opportunity to choose from one of three 90 minute workshops, providing a focussed environment for topical discussion, knowledge-sharing, support and invaluable advice from legal and consultancy specialists.

Finally, a panel session that drew experts from across law and government provided a forum for understanding how NEC3 facilitates effective dispute avoidance/resolution within the legislative framework of the Hong Kong SAR, and the importance of this for successful project management.

A drinks reception closed the day where delegates could relax, reflect and network with fellow delegates, as well as our high profile sponsors who were available to discuss their products and services on display.


08:00 – 09:00 Registration

09:00 – 09:15 TC Chew, NEC Asia Pacific Users' Group Chairman

Welcome and Introductions

09:15 – 09:40 C S Wai, Permanent Secretary for Development, Development Bureau

Keynote speech

  • Response to NEC usage in Hong Kong
  • Establishing NEC as the standard form of contract
  • NEC Challenges; looking to the future
  • Questions from the audience

09:40 – 10:20 Ken Ko, General Manager, Chun Wo Construction

NEC3 in practice

  • Looking at Fuk Man Road Nullah project from a Contractors perspective
  • How NEC principles increases efficiency of project management
  • Understanding how NEC has met needs of industry
  • Questions from the audience

10:20 - 11:00 Andrew Chan, CLP Power Hong Kong Ltd; Tim Knee-Robinson, TKR Consultancy Ltd

How NEC achieves quality project management

  • Implementing NEC Contracts in consultant agreements
  • CLP transmission substation: showcasing the use of ECC Option B
  • How NEC achieves quality project management
  • Questions from the audience

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee and networking

11:30 – 12:05 Tsui Wai, Deputy Director, Drainage Services Department

How the Hong Kong Government has adopted NEC3

  • Update on Happy Valley Storm Water Drainage Scheme
  • How has NEC gained wider recognition in construction industry
  • Preparing for more NEC projects in the near future
  • Questions from the audience

12:05 – 12:40 Lee Askey, Commercial Leader, Laing O’Rourke

Working relationships

  • Fostering a working relationship between the Government and the Contractor
  • Collaborative Partnering; Reducing contractual disputes
  • Application of NEC in both UK and HK marketplaces
  • Questions from the audience

12:40 – 13:15 Peter Clayton, Partner, Pinsent Masons

NEC3, the legal aspects

  • Legal interpretation and NEC
  • Court decisions considering NEC
  • Best practice in preparing NEC contract documents
  • Questions from the audience

13:15 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Workshops

Understanding the Professional Services Contract (PSC)

Pinsent Masons

Application of the Term Service Contract (TSC) in the Hong Kong marketplace

EC Harris

Best practice in managing compensation events

Mott MacDonald

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee and networking

16:00 – 17:00 Panel Session

Chaired by Hayman Choi, Divisional Director Cost & Project Management, Mott MacDonald.

17:00 – 17:15 TC Chew, NEC Asia Pacific Users' Group Chairman

Closing remarks

17:15 – 18:45 Cocktail reception

Testimonials and downloads


‘Clear division of function and responsibility [in an NEC3 contract] helps accountability and motivates people to play their part.'
Ken Ko, General Manager, Chun Wo Construction

‘[NEC3 encourages] joint effective problem solving; less disputes; better project management; team spirit.'
Tsui Wai, Deputy Director, DSD

'[NEC3 provides] a more flexible project management framework [and] fosters a collaborative working environment among all parties.'
Andrew Chan – CLP Power Hong Kong

'[NEC offers] excellent guidance on contract preparation.'
Peter Clayton - Partner, Pinsent Masons

'2013 marks 10th anniversary of ProCure21 frameworks - few construction frameworks have lasted as long or delivered so much...'
Lee Askey - Commercial Leader, Laing O'Rourke


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