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The use of NEC Engineering and Construction Contract (ECC) in Hong Kong

This course will focus on the principles and procedures written in NEC3 as well as giving an outline on the evolutionary changes as introduced in NEC4.

Sat 30 Nov 2019
09:30 AM - 05:30 PM
RICS Hong Kong office, Room 3707-09, Hopewell Centre , 183 Queen's Road East , Wanchai, Hong Kong
6 hours CPD

Early bird available until 01 November



The NEC suite of contracts were first published in 1993 in the United Kingdom. The HKSAR Government innovated the use of the New Engineering Contract for delivering public works in 2009 for Fuk Man Road Improvement, Hong Kong and the Bureau has announced that they will continue to use the New Engineering Contract as the form of contract for delivering projects.

The New Engineering Contract was drafted with the objective of achieving flexibility, stimulus of good project management, clarity and simplicity. This course will provide a good understanding of this form of collaborative contract, focusing on the principles and procedures written in NEC3 as well as giving an outline on the evolutionary changes as introduced in NEC4.

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Pathway & Competencies


  • Quantity surveying and construction
  • Project management
  • Building surveying


  • Contract administration
  • Contract practice

Course Information

    • Select from the six main options as to which type of pricing mechanism is to apply
    • Understand the nine sections of core clause of the contract
    • Make any selection from the seventeen detailed secondary option clauses
    • Introduce the use of any additional clauses (Z clause) commonly adopted in government contracts
    • Understand the importance of Accepted Programme
    • Cost assessment of compensation event in quotation
    • Budget cost control in target contract
    • Understand the early contractor’s involvement process in NEC4
    • Defects management
    • Ways of resolving and avoiding disputes in NEC4
  • Morning session


    • NEC 3 features
    • NEC family
    • NEC terminology

    NEC adoption in HK

    • History
    • Current statistics

    Contract strategy of ECC Options

    • Risk Management
    • Use of main and secondary Options to deal with project risks
    • Payment method underpriced contracts and cost-based contracts

    Contract data parts 1 & 2 in NEC ECC

    Contractor’s design and value engineering

    • Burden of proof on the Employer
    • Value engineering approach under Options A to D

    Afternoon session


    • Why Accepted Programme is so important?
    • Clause 31.3 programme management
    • How to assess compensation events using Accepted Programme?
    • New change of policies introduced in NEC4

    Cost control

    • Budget preparation
    • Supply chain management
    • PM’s acceptance of procurement results

    Early contractor’s involvement under NEC4

    • Practical differences between ECI in pre-contract and ECI under NEC4
    • Process management (stages 1 & 2)
    • Gain share

    Quality management

    • What is Defect?
    • Defect correction management process

    Final Account

    • Cost assessment method of compensation events
    • Pros and cons for the new addition of clause 50.9 in NEC4
    • Final assessment process

    Dispute resolution process (Option W3) & Dispute Resolution Advisor

    Q & A /commercial mediation: typical mediation models in operation in the HK

Meet the trainer

Bill, W P Tang FRICS MHKIS, NEC3 ECC Accredited Project Manager

Bill is a chartered surveyor with more than 30 years of experience. He has been actively involved in providing contract and cost management services in a number of major infrastructure and civil engineering projects in Hong Kong. Bill has provided NEC training and NEC3 contract advisory consultancy services for both contract preparation and construction stages for some government contracts in his previous employment with Arup. Currently, he is administrating a complex tunnel works contract using NEC3 ECC target contract option with an approximate value of over HK$2 billion.


For enquiries or further information, please contact Mr Peter Au, RICS Business Development Manager, on +852 2116 9719 or

  • Early bird RICS professionals
    Expires on 01 November HK$3000
  • Non- RICS Professionals
    Expires on 01 November HK$3500
  • Standard fee RICS professionals HK$3500
  • Non-RICS Professionals HK$4000
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