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.