Official Contract Users' Conference - North America, Latin America and Caribbean time zone event


Book your place now for the Official FIDIC Contract Users' Conference (North America, Latin America and Caribbean time zone event)

 

Main Conference: 25-28 May 2021

Location: Virtual Conference 

Delivered Live (EST Time) and on-demand afterwards

Translations are available in Spanish and Portuguese.

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The Official FIDIC Contract Users’ Conference (North America, Latin America and Caribbean time zone event) is being staged online and delivered in-house by FIDIC on 25-28 May 2021. This event, targeting both the Latin America, the Caribbean and North America contract users’ community, offers a unique opportunity to share progress on the application and use of FIDIC contracts internationally and across the region and will include participation from MDBs, private sector organisations and clients, government, engineers, contractors, investors, consultants, and other stakeholders who have an interest in FIDIC contracts. 
 
It is a must-attend event for all those working with FIDIC contracts in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean and bookings are open now.
 
Our Official FIDIC Contract Users’ Conference events offer comprehensive guidance on selecting, using and managing FIDIC contracts. All attendees at these conferences will have access to the latest practice advice on leading major projects and resolving disputes, hear new case studies of FIDIC contracts in practice and be able to compare experiences with other contract users on the most common challenges facing the industry. Attendees will also hear directly from the FIDIC Contracts Committee about the latest updates on the committee’s work and have an opportunity to engage directly with FIDIC and the FIDIC Contract Users’ community.  
 
Remember, that the Official FIDIC Contract Users’ Conferences are the only contracts user events endorsed and officially approved by FIDIC, so you can be assured that you are getting the latest information and insights about FIDIC contracts by attending this event. Delegates will have access to unrivalled and valuable face-to-face time, see the ‘faces behind FIDIC’ and the people who created FIDIC contracts in the first place.
 
Time

  • Brasilia / Santiago time: 2pm – 5.30pm
  • Mexico city time: 11am – 2.30pm
  • NY / Lima time: 12 noon – 3.30pm
  • LA time: 9am – 12.30pm
 
Key highlights at this event include: -
 

Tuesday 25 May 2021 - “FIDIC contracts in the spotlight” 

 
The first day of the conference will put FIDIC contracts in the spotlight, look at their impact globally and preview what’s new and in the pipeline, including new initiatives. Keynote speakers will take a deep dive into the world of FIDIC contracts, looking at how they are used across the globe and preview new initiatives that are coming soon. Panel sessions will explore FIDIC contracts in greater detail, with a particular focus on the Emerald Book, upcoming updated Green Book, and highlight examples from international projects and contract application on projects. Day 1 will also look at the impact of Covid-19 on infrastructure projects and works contracts and consider the FIDIC Covid Guidance Memorandum for works contracts and the topical issue of force majeure.  
 
 
 

12.00 EST

12.05 EST

Opening Remarks

 

12.05 EST

13.00 EST

SESSION 1: FIDIC AT A GLANCE


FIDIC objectives, FIDIC Body of Knowledge FBOK and Stakeholders’ engagement  

 


Evolution of FIDIC Contracts, FIDIC Contracts in the pipeline, new initiatives, and developments (new FIDIC Green Book)

 

Q&A

13.00 EST

13.15 EST

Networking Break

13.15 EST

14.10 EST

SESSION 2: FIDIC SUITE OF CONTRACTS


FIDIC Suite of Contracts - FIDIC Red, Silver, Yellow 1999 VS 2017, Green, Gold – main features and differences.


Key topics of FIDIC Suite of Contract examined - Time, payments, design, Variations, risk and insurance, taking-over.

 


FIDIC Contract Form for Underground Works (Emerald Book)

 

Q&A

14.10 EST

14.25 EST

Networking Break

14.25 EST

15.30 EST

SESSION 3: Impact of Covid 19 on infrastructure projects – lessons learned

 


How governments have reacted and how to deal with impacts of Covid 19 under FIDIC Forms, Force Majeure – Exceptional Events and FIDIC Covid Guidance memorandum for works contracts, impacts on services agreement


Implications of Covid19 impacts in different jurisdictions, is there a room for collaboration? Civil law VS Common Law perspective and lessons learned.

 

Q&A

15.30 EST

15.35 EST


Closing Remark - Day 1

 

 

Wednesday 26 May 2021 - Why procurement matters – getting it right with FIDIC

 
Day 2 of the conference will look at the key importance of procurement and how FIDIC contracts can help you make the right choices in this crucial area for projects. Speakers will look at the selection of the right forms, the key importance of the FIDIC Golden Principles and why procurement really matters. Panel sessions will also examine the FIDIC services and consultancy agreements (FIDIC White Book and JV Agreement for Consultants), Covid issues and the vital area of dispute avoidance and effective dispute resolution. Speakers and panellists will also look at international arbitration and the key role of dispute boards and DAB/DAAB members - all you need to know about dispute boards.
 
 

12.00 EST

12.05 EST

Opening Remarks Day 2

 

12.05 EST

13.00 EST

SESSION 1: WHY PROCUREMENT MATTERS


Procurement of projects – the key aspects of procurement for successful projects

 


Selection of right forms of contracts – which form to use?

 


FIDIC Golden Principles

 

Q&A

13.00 EST

13.15 EST

Networking Break

13.15 EST

14.10 EST

SESSION 2: FIDIC SERVICES AND CONSULTANCY AGREEMENTS


The role of the engineer under FIDIC Contracts

 


FIDIC Services and consultancy agreements

 


FIDIC White Book & JV Agreements – Key Topics examined

 

Q&A

14.10 EST

14.25 EST

Networking Break

14.25 EST

15.30 EST

SESSION 3: DISPUTE AVOIDANCE END EFFECTIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION


Claims, notices, determinations (Legal perspective)

 


Dispute avoidance and dispute resolution by DB/DAAB

 


Arbitration under FIDIC Contracts (ICC)

 

Q&A

15.30 EST

15.35 EST

Closing Remarks - Day 2

 

 
 

Thursday 27 May 2021 – Focus on LATAM and Mexico regions (EST Time) 

  

 
Day 3 of the conference will focus on the LATAM and Mexico regions. Keynote speakers and case studies drawn from the region will offer the employers’ and contractors’ perspective on using FIDIC contracts and consulting engineers will also highlight their experience of contract administration and the handling of claims. Panel discussions and Q&A sessions will offer delegates full opportunity for discussion of the key issues and challenges of working with FIDIC contracts in the region.  
 

12.00 EST

12.05 EST

Regional Opening Remarks

 

12.05 EST

13.00 EST

SESSION 1:


Key aspects for successful projects and challenges of consulting engineering sector – regional perspective

 


International procurement framework and FIDIC forms within IBRD projects in LATAM Region


Q&A

13.00 EST

13.15 EST

Networking Break

13.15 EST

14.10 EST

SESSION 2:


Adoption of FIDIC Forms in LATAM region

 


 

 


Funding infrastructure - Brazilian Development Bank BNDES perspective

 


Construction sector in the region – Contractor’s perspective

 

Q&A

14.10 EST

14.25 EST

Networking Break

14.25 EST

15.30 EST

SESSION 3:


Benefits of using the FIDIC forms in Spanish & Portuguese

 

 

FIDIC Contracts in Infrastructure Mega Projects in LATAM



Application of FIDIC Contracts in the region, Spanish and Portuguese translations

 


Case studies from the region

 

Q&A

15.30 EST

15.35 EST

Regional Closing Remark - Day 3

 

 

Friday 28 May 2021 – Focus on USA/Canada and Caribbean regions (EST Time)

 
Day 4 of the conference will focus on the USA/Canada and Caribbean regions. Keynote speakers and case studies drawn from across the region will offer the employers’ and contractors’ perspective on using FIDIC contracts and consulting engineers will also highlight their experience of contract administration and the handling of claims. Panel discussions and Q&A sessions will offer delegates full opportunity for discussion of the key issues and challenges of working with FIDIC contracts in the region. 

 

12.00 EST

12.05 EST

Regional Opening Remarks

 

12.05 EST

13.00 EST

SESSION 1:


Regional overview - USA, Canada, Caribbean region

 


Consulting Engineering in the USA

 

Q&A

13.00 EST

13.15 EST

Networking Break

13.15 EST

14.10 EST

SESSION 2:


Case Study Caribbean region

 


Case Study USA region

 


Case Study Canada region

 

Q&A

14.10 EST

14.25 EST

Networking Break

14.25 EST

15.30 EST

SESSION 3:  


FIDIC Contracts in the Caribbean – legal perspective

 


Construction contracts in Canada – Owners’ perspective

 


Construction Contracts in the USA – Contractors’ perspective

 

Q&A

15.30 EST

15.35 EST

Regional Closing Remark - Day 4

 

 
Ticket price
 
Full Conference (4 Days): €395.
Per day ticket price: €150 / Day.