NEC4: Establishing a Procurement and Contract Strategy

NEC4: Establishing a Procurement and Contract Strategy
  • Publish Date: 22/06/2017 00:00:00
  • Publisher: Thomas Telford
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This document is a brief guide to the NEC and strategic choices between contracts and Options within each contract.

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Chapter 1 Brief guide to NEC
  • 1.1 Introduction
  • 1.2 Background
  • 1.3 Objectives
Chapter 2 NEC4 contracts
  • 2.1 Choosing a NEC contract
  • 2.2 Subcontracts
Chapter 3 Procurement strategy
  • 3.1 Overview
  • 3.2 Traditional approaches
  • 3.3 Design and build
  • 3.4 Prime contracting
  • 3.5 Management contracts
  • 3.6 Public-private partnership (PPP)
  • 3.7 Summary
Chapter 4 Key procurement considerations
  • 4.1 Multiparty collaboration
  • 4.2 Incentivisation
  • 4.3 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • 4.4 Risk management
  • 4.5 Supply chain management
  • 4.6 Operating, maintenance and compliance periods
  • 4.7 Framework contracts
  • 4.8 Early contractor involvement (ECI)
  • 4.9 Information modelling
  • 4.10 Novation
  • 4.11 Sustainability
Chapter 5 Roles and duties
  • 5.1 The Project Manager
  • 5.2 The Supervisor
  • 5.3 Designers
  • 5.4 The Client
  • 5.5 The Contractor
  • 5.6 The Adjudicator
  • 5.7 Project organisation
  • 5.8 Selecting a Project Manager
Chapter 6 Contract strategy
  • 6.1 Overview
  • 6.2 Choosing a main Option
  • 6.3 Choosing an Option for resolving and avoiding disputes and secondary Options

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