NEC3: NEC UK Users' Group Workshops - London Sep 2014 Product code: L07100-UK

Sep 24 th

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Spread across one day, these two workshops offer excellent NEC learning and development opportunities for both NEC Users' Group members and non-members.

The workshop topics of 'Defined Cost' and 'Keeping the Programme up to date' follow extensive research into key areas of interest within the NEC user base. 

Delegates can register for the full day and participate in both workshops, or just the individual morning or afternoon sessions.

Why attend?

  • Select from key topics of interest within the NEC3 suite, drawn from extensive feedback and research within the NEC user base
  • Benefit from guidance delivered by renowned NEC3 specialists
  • Learn how to fulfil all requirements of the Programme, ensuring successful management of your NEC3 project
  • Understand the purpose and detail of the Cost Schedule and confidently apply your knowledge in practice

Who should attend

Offered to both NEC Users' Group members and non-members, these workshops are ideal learning and professional development experiences for:

  • Project Managers
  • Service Managers
  • Supply Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Employers
  • Contractors
  • Consultants
Morning Workshop

Morning workshop - Defined Cost


Defined Cost is essentially the Contractor's collation of his costs using the relevant Schedule of Cost Components, plus Subcontractor costs when using one of the cost based main option clauses. The definitions of Defined Cost are dependent upon the main optionclause used.

Delivered by

Barry Trebes
Project Manager, Mott MacDonald

Richard Patterson
Engineering and Management Consultant, Mott Macdonald


8.30-9.00 Registration, coffee and buffet


  • Requirements of the contract
  • Payment
  • Defined Cost

10.30-10.45 Morning coffee and networking


  • Schedule(s) of Cost Components
  • Requirements of the Contractor's system
  • Developing an appropriate audit plan

12.30-13.30 Lunch

Afternoon Workshop

Afternoon workshop - Keeping the Programme up to date


NEC contracts have long raised the bar in terms of importance, quality and level of detail of programming compared to other forms of contract. The role of the planner is now a key aspect in the management of projects. It is vital that other team members including the project manager and commercial staff fully understand the requirements and effects of managing programme requirements to properly carry out their functions.

It is important to review how a programme can be constructed from first principles in order to fulfill its potential as a real management tool and consider how to manage the programme to maximise its success on an NEC form of contract project.

Delivered by

Tim Knee-Robinson
Director, TKR Consultancy


12.45 - 13.30 Lunch

13.30 - 15.00

  • Programme requirements under the ECC, including terminology
  • How to use the Programme as an effective management tool
  • How keeping the Programme up-to-date maximises the success of using NEC

15.00 - 15.15 Afternoon coffee and networking

15.15 - 17.00

  • Issues associated with planning
  • Dealing with compensation events
  • Submissions and reporting

17.00 Finish


Richard Patterson, NEC workshop speaker


Richard Patterson

Engineering and Management Consultant, Mott MacDonald


Richard Patterson is a chartered civil engineer and procurement and NEC specialist. Currently, he works as an engineering and management consultant for Mott MacDonald. Richard has more than 21 years’ experience with Mott MacDonald in the UK and in Australia, Bahamas, Botswana, Ethiopia, Hong Kong, Lesotho, New Zealand, Pakistan, Romania, Russia, St Kitts and Nevis, Turkey and Vietnam. Much of the international work has been on bank funded projects, often using FIDIC forms of contract.

Richard advised on Mott’s first use of the NEC when he moved to their procurement team in 1996 and has worked with the NEC ever since. He supports Motts teams and their clients in all sectors, from the Halley VI research station on the Antarctic, Transnet in South Africa, to the Jumeriah Golf Estates in Dubai. In Hong Kong, he has supported the Mott MacDonald’s Hong Kong team on its commissions advising various departments of the Government of Hong Kong on their trial projects using NEC.

In 2007-2008, he carried out training and consultancy directly for NEC, including road shows and Users' Group events across the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Now, he is back full time with Mott MacDonald and continues to support clients in all sectors and across the world on the use of the NEC, providing guidance and varied and extensive training as required.

Richard is a frequent contributor to the NEC Newsletter, has had NEC papers published in ICE's Proceedings and sits on the Editorial Advisory Panel of the ICE journal, Management, Procurement and Law. He is also a joint author of How to write the PSC Scope included the NEC3 April 2013 suite of contracts.

Barry Trebes, NEC workshop speaker

Barry Trebes

Project Director, Mott MacDonald


Barry Trebes is a Project Director with Mott MacDonald. Since 1983, his experience has ranged across a wide variety of projects including airport, rail, water, power and commercial developments and includes, most notably, the Stansted Airport development, the Heathrow Express Rail Link, CTRL, East London Line and a number of PFI/PPP contracts including the LUL PPP Contract.

His first encounter with the NEC was in 1992 as senior commercial manager on the Heathrow Express Rail Link project working as a consultant for BAA plc (the earliest major user of NEC). Barry’s immense experience of NEC projects has led to him providing training and mentoring to clients, contractors and professional organisations throughout the industry. As Managing Director of Needlemans he initiated in 1998 the first ever web system named Contract Change Management (CCM) for the management of NEC contracts with MPS Limited. He is also co-author of BSI PD BS 6079 part 4 Project Management in the Construction Industry and a joint author of How to write the PSC Scope included in the NEC3 April 2013 suite of contracts.

Tim Knee-Robinson, NEC workshop speaker

Tim Knee-Robinson

Managing Director, TKR Consultancy Ltd

Tim is a chartered civil engineer and NEC specialist with over 20 years of project experience across a wide range of sectors including civil engineering, highway infrastructure, waste water, energy and building. Tim has experience of working for contractors, clients and consultants and recently established his own independent company focused on providing NEC and project management consultancy services.

Tim has over 10 years of experience successfully delivering NEC procured projects. This includes acting as Project Manager / Supervisor and providing NEC consultancy services and training on numerous projects in the UK and Hong Kong. Tim has also delivered over 200 training courses on numerous projects in the UK and Hong Kong, including Manchester City Councils’ £154m (HK$1.85bn) Town Hall Complex Transformation Programme and developed the training material for the £15bn (HK$180bn) Crossrail project, the largest NEC procured project in the world.

Tim was the NEC Adviser on Hong Kong Government’s first NEC pilot project and is currently advising CLP Power Hong Kong Ltd on their Transmission Substation Programme and as well as providing advice and training to a number of Government work departments including HyD and CEDD.

Tim has extensive experience of preparing NEC contracts including developing a Works Information structure which formed the basis of all the contracts used on the 2012 Olympics. Furthermore, Tim was a major contributor to the NEC’s How to write ECC Works Information guidance published in April 2013. This guidance includes a model structure based on the one conceived by Tim. He has also supported Conject in the development of their web based NEC contract management system.


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