Trainer details

FIDIC Trainer

Levent  Irmak

  Country of residence: Turkey

  Citizenship: Turkish


Countries with experience

Other countries with experience:

Global regions

  • North America
  • East Asia
  • South Asia
  • East Europe
  • West Europe
  • Middle East
  • Sub Sahara Africa

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Turkish

Trainer Professional qualifications and discipline

BS in Civil Engineering
MSc in Construction Management
Accredited FIDIC Trainer
Currently pursuing LLM degree in Construction Law and Arbitration

Construction contract experience

  • Construction Contract 2nd Ed (2017 Red Book)
  • Construction Contract, 1st Ed (1999 Red Book)
  • Construction Contract, MDB Harmonised Ed, June 2010
  • EPC/Turnkey Contract 2nd Ed (2017 Silver Book)
  • EPC/Turnkey Contract, 1st Ed (1999 Silver Book)
  • Plant & Design-Build Contract, 1st Ed (1999 Yellow Book)
  • Plant and Design-Build Contract 2nd Ed (2017 Yellow Book)
  • Short Form of Contract, 1st Ed 1999

Consultancy contract experience

  • Client-Consultant Agreement (White Book), 4th Ed 2006

Specialist contract experience

  • Not applicable - none of the above

Other FIDIC contract experience

I served as one of few commentators of FIDIC Conditions of Subcontract (2011) and 2017 FIDIC 2. Edition Red, Yellow and Silver Books as a friendly reviewer.
I also served co-drafter of Sample Bidding Tender Particular Conditions and Supervising Engineer Terms of Reference for FIDIC contracts for the European Union Delegation to Turkey, which involved an extensive training programme aimed at improving contractual knowledge of the technical and managerial staff of Ministries in Turkey.

Experience with FIDIC contracts modules

  • Module 1: Practical Use of FIDIC Conditions of Contracts (1999 Edition)
  • Module 2: Management of Claims and Disputes Resolution under the FIDIC Contracts (1999 Edition)
  • Module 11: Comparison between 1999 and 2017 Editions of the FIDIC Contracts

Training experience with FIDIC Business Practice modules

  • None of the above

Services offered

  • Technical expert
  • Contract Expert/specialist
  • Independent expert
  • Others

Technical expertise

  • Building - domestic
  • Building - commercial
  • Building - industrial
  • Civil Engineering - Site Investigation
  • Civil Engineering - other
  • Energy & Power - other
  • Infrastructure, Railways, Bridges
  • Manufacturing and Process Plant
  • Marine and ports
  • Metro railway and stations
  • Road and highways - other
  • Rail - other
  • Waste Water - Other
  • Claims and variations
  • Extension of time
  • Project scheduling
  • Defects
  • Technical issues

Short summary experiences

I am a civil engineer with MSc degree in construction management and currently serve as Managing Director of MC2 MODERN International which provides consultancy services in construction contracts and claims management and dispute resolution. I started my career in the construction industry in the United States and worked as claims manager for leading contractors. During my over 25 years of experience, I have acted as contracts and claims consultant and dispute resolver, assisting construction companies, project owners, engineering and law firms in projects with a total value of over 10 billion USD in Europe, Asia, Africa, Middle East and the Caucasus. Amongst some prestigious projects I was involved are the Central Artery/Tunnel Project (a/k/a the Big Dig with over 15 Billion USD value) in Boston, USA and the Bosphorus Strait Railway Tunnel Project (a/k/a the Marmaray Project with over 3 Billion USD) in Turkey, just to name a few.
As an accredited FIDIC trainer, I have provided numerous public and in-house trainings on FIDIC contracts and international contract and claims management practices in various countries. I also served as one of the few commentators of FIDIC Conditions of Subcontract (2011) and 2017 FIDIC 2. Edition Red, Yellow and Silver Books as a friendly reviewer.
I have been nominated and served as Dispute Board (DB) member and chairman (sole and 3-member), as expert witness in international arbitration cases (both as tribunal-appointed and party-appointed), as 3rd Party Independent Assessor and as contract advisor in various construction projects, in particular, but without limitation, wastewater treatment plants, railway and metro, multi-purpose real estate developments, hospitals and educational facilities, tunnels, roads and highways, dams, industrial plants, pipelines, power plants in various countries. I served as Past-President of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF) Region 2 Board of Directors and am member of DRBF, FIDIC, EFCA, ATCEA (Association of Turkish Consulting Engineers and Architects) and ISTAC (Istanbul Arbitration Center) Construction Committee.

Position and experience

Employment status: Self employed
Present position: Managing Director
Previous positions: - President and Director in the Board of Directors of DRBF - Adjunct Faculty at Yeditepe University - Construction Contracts/Claims Consultant - Claims Manager - Claims and Changes Manager - Project Engineer
Are you a fully FIDIC certified trainer: No
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Are you a FIDIC interim certified trainer: Yes
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I first received a certification for Module-1 which is valid from March 2015.
On 22-May-2019, an agreement signed between FIDIC and I which granted me interim accreditation to undertake training events based on FIDIC’s First Edition (1999) Training Modules, (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) and FIDIC’s Second Edition (2017) Conditions of Contracts.


- Professional Member and Past-President of DRBF (Dispute Resolution Board Foundation) Region-2 Board of Directors
- Member of Association of Forensic and Advanced Valuation Executives – FFAVE(Master)
- Member of the Chamber of Civil Engineers – Istanbul Branch
- Member of the Association of Turkish Consulting Engineers and Architects (ATCEA/TMMMB)
- Member of FIDIC and EFCA
- Member of ISTAC (Istanbul Arbitration Center) Construction Committee

Panel listings

- DRBF (Dispute Resolution Board Foundation)
- Association of Forensic and Advanced Valuation Executives
- the Chamber of Civil Engineers of Turkey
- the Association of Turkish Consulting Engineers and Architects (ATCEA/TMMMB)
- ISTAC (Istanbul Arbitration Center)