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Seminar on Evolution of Partnering Contracts - NEC Trial in Government Projects

Date, time & venue 
2012-06-02;9:00am to 12:50pm;Meng Wah Theatre 2, Meng Wah Complex, HKU



Joint Organisations

Jointly organized by ADR Committee, BD Division, CV Division and HKU Centre for Infrastructure & Construction Industry Development (HKU CICID)



Programme highlights

Taking the initiative to promote partnering approach in construction contracts, the Government started to try out the New Engineering Contract (NEC) form of contract, and selected a number of projects in various Works Departments as pilot projects. The objectives of this Half-day NEC Seminar are to share the experiences gained from implementing NEC in the pilot Government projects and to encourage participants to be more conversant with the NEC form and spirit of contract and be better equipped for successful delivery of upcoming NEC projects. Our speakers will enlighten us on the following topics:

Ÿ             Tender Preparation and Administration of NEC Contracts;

Ÿ             Tendering and Working with Project Team of ECC Option C Contract;

Ÿ             Change of Consultant's Role and Highlights of Contract Management; and

Ÿ             Relational Contracting - Principles Behind the Practice of Partnering




Ir WAI Chi Sing, Permanent Secretary for Development (Works)

Ir TSUI Wai, Deputy Director, DSD

Ir Kelvin N. F. LAU, Associate Vice President, Black & Veatch Hong Kong Ltd

Ir Ken W. N. KO, Assistant General Manager (Construction), Chun Wo Construction

Ir Prof Mohan KUMARASWAMY, Executive Director, HKU CICID




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Registration & enquiries

Registration fee for the half-day seminar is $150 per participant, plus $150 for optional networking lunch at the Senior Common Room, K. K. Leung Building, HKU. 


The number of participants is limited to 220.


For registration, please complete the HKIE standard reply slip (downloaded from HKIE website) OR the attached form (by clicking the icon at top right corner) and mail together with a cheque payable to “HKIE Building Division” (with the name and contact telephone number of the cheque issuer at the back) to Ir Sidney P. K. Tong, c/o Trustful Engineering & Construction Co Ltd, 5/F., New East Sun Industrial Building, 18, Shing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon.


For enquires, please contact Ir S. S. KONG by Tel: 90232209 / email OR Ir Sam Y. S. CHAN at Tel: 98418104 / email



by Ms TAM Ka Yan


The Seminar on “Evolution of Partnering contracts – NEC Trial in Government Projects” jointly organized by ADR Committee, Building and Civil Divisions, and HKU CICID on 2 June 2012 attracted more than 260 professionals to attend.


Ir Prof CF Lee, Chairman of HKU CICID, delivered a warm welcome speech.


In Keynote Speech with a newly produced NEC Video, Ir CS Wai, Permanent Secretary for Development (Works) announced that the first NEC public works project had been completed ahead of approved programme and within target cost through building up team spirit. Participants were advised to prepare themselves as 3 NEC projects were under construction and many NEC tenders would be coming.


Ir Tsui Wai, Deputy Director of Drainage Services, introduced the preparation work, administration and project implementation in NEC.  He shared that NEC types could be selected ranging from Engineering and Construction Contract (ECC) for new works to Term Services Contract (TSC) for maintenance works. He also encouraged NEC on private projects.


Ir Ken Ko, Assistant General Manager (Construction), Chun Wo, focused on the implementation of ECC Option C Contract - Target Contract with Activity Schedule.  He highlighted key features, like early warning notification, compensation event, pain/gain share mechanism and payment method. He believed that partnering spirit was most important in the entire process.


Ir Kelvin Lau, Associate Vice President of Black & Veatch, discussed the difference between GCC and NEC.  NEC compensates Contractor for delaying event regardless of cause and sets out clearly response time for Project Manager to respond. The “Open Book Accounting” principle not only strengthens the trust among relevant parties, but also speeds up final account.


Ir Professor Mohan Kumaraswamy, Executive Director of HKU CICID, presented the relational contracting and principles underpinning partnering practices. With good management of relationship, fair allocation of risks, and mutual trust and cooperation, he advocated that the relational contracting could be extended to total asset management which would achieve better values amongst project stakeholders.


In question and answer session, the challenges in implementing NEC were discussed.  The speakers admitted that more resources should be put on human resources and training.


In closing, Ir CC Chan, Director of Drainage Services, pointed out that adversarial relationship and contractual disputes only drained useful resources, but NEC had potential in improving project delivery through more equitable risk sharing and collaborative problem solving.  He reiterated the need for partnering relationship - only one project team “同舟共濟”.


After Ir Prof CK Lau, Chairman of the HKIE ADR Committee, presented souvenirs to the speakers, the seminar ended with a networking lunch.




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Photographs of the Event


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