NEC Annual Conference 2024

NEC Annual Conference 2024

Hear from an exciting speaker line-up who will provide NEC contracts updates, showcasing regional development across the key markets, practical application workshops, and exploring how to develop and deliver NEC contracts successfully.

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NEC: Striving for excellence, innovation and collaboration in the implementation of global projects

During the event, taking place on Friday 21 June, you will have the opportunity hearing from senior project team members and NEC practitioners on how the collaborative-style of NEC contracts are helping in the delivery of high quality of projects from around the world quickly, cost-effectively, fairly and lessons learned to date.

We have an exciting speaker line-up who will provide NEC contracts updates, showcasing regional development across the key markets, practical application workshops, and exploring how to develop and deliver NEC contracts successfully

Please Note: due to the recently called UK election, the programme is subject to late changes.

The day will conclude with the prestigious Martin Barnes Awards presentations and a drinks reception held in One Great George Street's Great Hall.

If you use - or are considering using - NEC, you cannot afford to miss this flagship event.

We look forward to welcoming you again to the home of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Grade II listed building at One Great George Street, Westminster, London.

As always, Users' Group Members can benefit from discounted and free tickets. Find out more on the benefits of the Users' Group here.

Take a look at last year's highlights:

  • 08:00

  • 08:55
    Opening Remarks
    Janet Young logo

    Janet Young
    Director General and Secretary, ICE

  • 09:00
    Welcome from the chair
    Matthew Garratt logo

    Matthew Garratt
    Commercial Director and NEC Contract Board Member, Dalkia Engineering

  • 09:05
    Guidance on using NEC with FAC-1
    The FAC-1 Framework Alliance Contract (FAC-1) creates and implements collaborative framework and alliance arrangements and is recommended by the UK Government. 
    Its purpose is to:
    • To assist users in combining the FAC-1 Framework Alliance Contract with NEC4 contracts, and show how clauses in NEC4 contracts can be used to support the objectives of FAC-1
    • To identify and provide guidance on material that needs to be incorporated in preparing the FAC-1 for use with an NEC4 contract and its management afterwards
    • To show FAC-1 and NEC4 complement each other and to explain their combined strengths
    • To provide case studies showing how strategic FAC-1 collaboration in conjunction with NEC contracts can lead to better programme and project outcomes
    Peter Higgins logo

    Peter Higgins
    Chair, NEC4 Contract Board

    David Mosey logo

    David Mosey
    Professor of Law, Kings College London

  • 09:35
    Fostering Collaborative Contracting for Successful Project Delivery in Singapore
    • Overview of Singapore’s Industry Transformation Map and the current construction industry outlook.
    • Highlighting the unique challenges and opportunities that can be addressed through collaborative contracting. 
    • Showcasing the evolution of Singapore’s collaborative project delivery, including the industry's journey towards collaborative contracting, the introduction of NEC4 and ongoing case studies.
    Teck Thai Heng logo

    Teck Thai Heng
    Deputy CEO, Building & Construction Authority (BCA), Singapore

  • 10:05
    NEC collaborative culture and innovation
    • An overview of CEDD and major infrastructure projects in Hong Kong
    • CEDD's NEC journey and how collaboration and innovation have led to successful project delivery in CEDD's construction projects
    Michael Fong logo

    Michael Fong
    Director, Civil Engineering and Development Department, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China

  • 10:35
    The NEC update
    An overview of NEC developments over the last 12 months and a look at current and future initiatives on international and cross-industry application. 
    Ian Heaphy logo

    Ian Heaphy
    Board Member, NEC Contract Board

  • 10:55
    National Grid & Big Work:
    Fostering collaboration across best practice and skills, delivering benefits to society, consumers, and the wider economy to help deliver the energy transition
    • What is Big Work - reasons why, opportunities, scale, locations, and investment?
    • Addressing the challenges identified by the supply chain - commitment, supply, and regional skill shortages
    • National Grid's response and action – Great Grid Partnership, and using the flexibility in the NEC Frameworks we have to develop regional partnerships
    • Insights into collaboration and partnership based on NEC4
    Paul Kiddle logo

    Paul Kiddle
    Head of Performance Delivery, Infrastructure Development & Delivery, National Grid

  • 11:20
    Morning refreshments and networking

Workshops and breakout sessions
  • 11:40
    Improving efficiency in administration of NEC contracts: customer perspective
    Sponsored By Thinkproject

    Hear from some major clients, consultants and NEC users on the topic of how to optimise contact administration and reporting capabilities in NEC contacted projects in the UK and internationally. The session will be highly interactive, featuring audience polls, a Q&A panel and use cases presented by Sean Boon, Head of Commercial at National Highways and Trevor Govender, Manager Director at Pangea
    Sean Boon logo

    Sean Boon
    Head of Commercial, National Highways

    Trevor Govender logo

    Trevor Govender
    Managing Director, Pangea

    Valeriya Cherkasova logo

    Valeriya Cherkasova
    Contract Management Expert, Thinkproject

  • 11:40
    Collaborating to Decarbonise: First lessons in applying X29 and PAS2080
    This workshop will feature a discussion between the panellists looking at the X29 Climate Change Secondary Option and PAS2080 standard as tools for effective carbon management and how they can enable new practices. Building on this, the discussion will look at X29 and PAS2080 in the context of the soon-to-start works here at One Great George Street and cover the challenges, learnings and successes that came from using these tools to implement decarbonisation practices in the works. 
    Chair: Lewis Barlow
    Lewis Barlow logo

    Lewis Barlow
    Technical Director - Sustainability and Climate Change, WSP

    Paul Bagley logo

    Paul Bagley
    Senior Project Manager, Vinci Facilities

    Stewart Guynan logo

    Stewart Guynan
    Associate Building Surveyor, Arcadis

    Suriya Edward logo

    Suriya Edward
    Partner, Freeths

  • 11:40
    ECI Contracts
    Join the discussion to share your insights on the practical application of X22 early Contractor involvement 
    Robert Gerrard logo

    Robert Gerrard
    Consultant, NEC

    Ian Heaphy logo

    Ian Heaphy
    Board Member, NEC Contract Board

  • 11:40
    Adjudication under NEC Contracts
    • W1, W2, W3 and W4 dispute options
    Then, focusing on W2…
    • Views from a party representative – what you need to do prior to, and during, an adjudication.
    • Views from an adjudicator – what are they looking for, how do you win?
    • Common issues in NEC adjudications and how to manage them
    Shy Jackson logo

    Shy Jackson
    Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

    Patrick Waterhouse logo

    Patrick Waterhouse
    Director, Bowdon Consulting Limited

Agenda continued
  • 12:40
    Lunch break and networking

  • 13:30
    The future of construction: bringing together AI, skills, people and culture
    Hear from Young Leaders in construction on: 
    • Engaging with the next generation: skills, people, and culture of the industry 
    • AI and the future for the industry
    Priyanka Shah‑Clark logo

    Priyanka Shah‑Clark
    Project Architect, Ingleton Wood LLP

    Lydia McGuinness logo

    Lydia McGuinness
    Site Manager, Wates Construction G4C

  • 14:00
    Collaboration in delivering the ‘HOW’ in reducing carbon
    Insights from the Environment Agency (EA) Integrated Delivery Team
    • Encouraging action towards carbon reduction in construction through collaborative frameworks and cultural shifts.
    • Highlighting the Environment Agency's incentivisation of emission reduction via NEC Clause X29.
    • Showcasing the Integrated Delivery Team's commitment to investing in low carbon alternatives and fostering innovation.
    Siu Fa Ng logo

    Siu Fa Ng
    NEC Clause X29 Climate Change Asset Owner Working Group and Integrated Delivery Team Member, Environment Agency (EA)

    Nic Stazicker logo

    Nic Stazicker
    Assistant Commercial Contracts and Risk Manager, Environment Agency (EA)

    Andy Gufogg logo

    Andy Gufogg
    Sustainability Manager, Environment Agency (EA)

  • 14:30
    Afternoon refreshments and networking

  • 14:50
    Digital enablers for Modern Methods of Construction in infrastructure megaprojects
    • Digital enablers for infrastructure construction
    • Modern Methods of Construction in infrastructure
    • Data strategies for infrastructure megaprojects
    Andrew Jackson logo

    Andrew Jackson
    Technical & Regulatory Director, Main Civils Works, Quality, BYLOR JV - Hinkley Point C

  • 15:15
    Driving transformation in infrastructure
    • Solutions for improving productivity, performance, and effectiveness in delivery
    • Understanding the value of TIP (Transforming Infrastructure Performance) and its progress and update on the 2030 roadmap 
    • Construction Playbook – Opportunities and benefits of embedding its principles into everyday practices
    Ian Wright logo

    Ian Wright
    Senior Contract Specialist, Network Rail

    James Bromley logo

    James Bromley
    Commercial Director, BYLOR JV - Hinkley Point C

    Trudi Sully logo

    Trudi Sully
    , UK and Europe Lead - Industrialised Design & Construction, Mott MacDonald

  • 15:50
    Unlocking innovation

  • 16:10
    Martin Barnes Awards Presentation
    Matthew Garratt logo

    Matthew Garratt
    Commercial Director and NEC Contract Board Member, Dalkia Engineering

    Peter Higgins logo

    Peter Higgins
    Chair, NEC4 Contract Board

  • 16:35
    Closing remarks
    Matthew Garratt logo

    Matthew Garratt
    Commercial Director and NEC Contract Board Member, Dalkia Engineering

  • 16:40
    Drinks Reception

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