NEC3: NEC UK Users' Group Workshops 2013 Product code: L06330

Sep 25 th

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In autumn 2013, NEC Events held two insightful workshops across two locations where delegates were able to expand and ultimately better apply their NEC knowledge in practice. Conveniently condensed into half day sessions and delivered by industry specialists, the topics covered in the one day programme included:

Defined Cost - The challenges faced with Defined Cost and how to resolve them.

This morning Workshop delved into Defined Cost to give delegates an understanding of what it is, how it varies between the different payment options and how, therefore, to ensure that Compensation Events and Payments are assessed.

Alongside Defined Cost, the workshop also outlined the Schedule of Cost Components to ensure that delegates were familiar with the principles of Disallowed Cost.

Communications - How to communicate effectively under the NEC3 form

Communications are the heartbeat of the NEC. The principle that each piece of information must be documented, communicated and responded to within set time frames underpins the NEC as a stimulus to good project management.

The contract is explicit in what it expects of the various roles and Parties. This afternoon workshop took delegates beyond that and exposed them not just to the clauses within the documents, but also some key skills and tools that ensured the spirit of the contract was complied with throughout.

These workshops enabled delegates to receive real-time expert NEC advice and support, as well as share knowledge and discuss NEC experiences, challenges and solutions with one another.


9:00  Registration and Coffee

9:30 - 13:00  Defined Cost

  • Principles of Cost Reimbursal Contracts
  • Defined Cost Definitions
  • Schedule of Cost Components
  • Verifying Defined Cost
  • Disallowed Cost

13:00  Lunch

13:45 - 17:00  Communications

  • What the contract says: clause 13 and other relevant clauses
  • Processes, tools and practices
  • Values required by the contract

17:00  Finish


Ian Heaphy, speaker for NEC Asia Pacific Users' Group Workshop 2014

Ian Heaphy

Director, Turner & Townsend Contract Services

Ian Heaphy is a Procurement Director at Turner & Townsend and specialises in the development and implementation of innovative procurement strategies with particular expertise around EPC, partnering / alliance agreements and target cost / cost reimbursable contracts for major programmes of work. Ian has over 18 years’ experience across the industry, including water, LNG, oil & gas, petro-chemical, aviation, rail, highways, building and IT equipment installation and software development.


He has been involved with the NEC for over 15 years and has supported government departments, major clients and international contractors deliver the benefits of the NEC forms of contract and target cost / cost reimbursable procurement strategies and has provided expert advice and acted as an independent expert on NEC matters. In particular Ian has provided training and support to users in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Hong Kong and produced the NEC elearning module, International Application of NEC3 and Comparison to FIDIC and NEC3 as an EPC Contract.

Ian has produced numerous papers and articles on the NEC and delivered seminars and training to groups such as RICS, CIOB, Society of Construction Law, the and the NEC Users' Group. He is also a member of the RICS’s NEC Sub-Group

In addition to his NEC and procurement work Ian also acts as quantum Expert Witness.

Jon Broome, NEC Workshop tutor


Jon Broome

Contract Management Consultant

Chairman, Contracts and Procurement Special Interest Group, APM

Dr Jon Broome has been involved in the development of the NEC since 1993 when he started and completed the world's first PhD on it under one of its two original co-instigators. He completed the PhD in 1998 and did a further two years part-time research into collaborative procurement routes. Since 1998, he has run his own company - Leading Edge Projects Consulting Ltd - specialising in consultancy on the NEC, contract strategy and the procurement of complex projects, both in the construction sector and other industries.


As well as having his contributions to the 2nd & 3rd editions of the Engineering and Construction Contract (ECC) acknowledged, Jon has authored numerous refereed papers, articles in the Users' Group newsletter and the top selling NEC3: A User's Guide as well as leading the drafting team for the Professional Services Short Contract (PSSC). He speaks, trains and consults on these topics internationally and across sectors.

In addition, Jon has been chair of the Association for Project Management's Contracts & Procurement Specific Interest Group since 2007.

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