Course Description

To provide a forum where contractors, owners, consulting engineers can understand the practical and legal basis of contracting from each other's perspective for the general benefit of the construction industry


The construction industry is a global, dynamic and innovative industry that delivers buildings and infrastructure for all aspects of commercial and domestic activity. This dynamic and innovative industry is faced with safety challenges on a project by project and day to day basis. Excellence in Health and safety management is therefore a key requirement of construction industry professional practice.

There is an increasing awareness of the need to operate and control construction contracts (big or small) more efficiently, as promoters of such projects become more knowledgeable and demanding. An understanding of the contract clauses underlying the project is a widely publicized requirement for the successful project manager. Owners, consultants and contractors are all involved.

Weakness in contract control generally stems from the absence of foolproof procedures and poor communication. This seminar aims to show how (a) how these deficiencies can be overcome, (b) the obligations of each participant in these activities, (c) how the disputes (practical and legal issues) related to construction contracts, both on public and private projects can be addressed and focuses on developing skills for making a balanced and fair interpretation.

How You Will Benefit

•    Learn how to interpret clauses, and analyze in the contracts, and get the project completed on time and within budget.
•    Develop the ability and confidence to take control over contract administration in your organization and have a real impact on your bottom line.
•    Discover how to optimize contract performance and results in today’s tough, competitive environment.
•    Create win-win situations and develop workable plans, and translate them into expedient action.
•    Enhance your knowledge of the contract management techniques including contract legality, constructability and the settlements of claims.
•    Improve your skills in dealing with changes.

Who Should Attend

Contractors, engineers, owners, field administrators, project managers, consulting engineers, construction inspectors, government agencies. This seminar will also be of interest to anyone seeking a better understanding of some of the most popular tools used in the contracting world today.   

Course Material

Each participant will receive a complete set of course notes and handouts that will serve as informative references.

Course Outline

Day 1 - registration/check-in will start at 8:00 a.m. with sessions to begin at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:00 p.m. Day 2 will commence at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:00 p.m. There will be 15 minute mid-morning and afternoon breaks. A light lunch is included from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.

Unit 1 - Contracting System
Project Life Cycle
What is a Contract?
Unit 2 - Contracting Process
Requirement Cycle
Requisition Cycle
Solicitation Cycle
Award Cycle
Contractual Cycle

Unit 3 - Design Process
The Construction Team
Interpreting the Contract Documents
Problematic Clause Analysis
Liability to the Owner
Liability to the Contractor

Unit 4 - Design-Build Process
Guidelines for Design-Build Method

Unit 5 - Communication
Methods and Importance of Communication
Communication between Parties to the Contract
Site Documents and Records
Purpose and conduct of Meetings

Unit 6 - Constructability
What is Constructability?
Implementation Roadmap
Barriers/Current Practices
How can you implement?

Unit 7 - Contract Administration and OSHA
Legislation and Due diligence
Elements of Due Diligence
Environmental Requirements
Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA)    
Defining Responsibilities
Contracting for Services
Contracting for Construction work
OHSA – Incident Reporting
Case Study
What Employers Can Do

Unit 8 - Changes and Extra
Sources of Change
Impact on the Project
Change Evaluation    

Unit 9 - Impact Cost
Classes of Impact Costs
Pricing Techniques
Case Study

Unit 10 - Delays and Acceleration
Time is of the essence?
The significance of the owner supplied schedule
How much freedom do contractors have in scheduling their work?
Error in the Tender schedule
Is schedule update sufficient as notice?
Who is responsible for delays and delay costs?
The acceleration factor
The principle of mitigating damages
Quantifying delay claims

Unit 11 - Commissioning-Completion and Acceptance
Commissioning Organization
Steps in Commissioning
Completion and Acceptance

Unit 12 - Dispute Resolution & Settlement of Contractor’s Claim
Dispute Avoidance
General Background to Claims
Types of Claims
Procedural Aspects
Preparation of Claims
Additional Cost for Loss or Expense
Disruption of the Works resulting from Change Orders
Liquidated Damages

Workshop 1

Workshop 2    

Workshop 3

Workshop 4

Workshop 5

Seminar Leader

Rishi Kumar, M.Sc. Eng., P.Eng., PMP, CMC, GSC is a President and CEO of Global Educational and Consulting Services (GECS) and is an approved education provider by the Engineering Institute of Canada, (EIC) and International Association of Continuing Education and Training, Washington, DC (IACET). Rishi obtained his M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in 1976 from University of Calgary, Alberta. Since 1976, he has held many senior positions in utility, auto industry, research & development, services, manufacturing and consulting sectors in project, program and portfolio management of various capital projects. Since 1996, he conducted 520+ public and in-house seminars all over the globe through various universities, construction associations and other professional organizations and published/presented 25+ technical, business and management papers in various publications/conferences throughout the globe.

Mr. Kumar is a licensed professional engineer (P.Eng.) in the Province of Ontario and holds various professional certifications {Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and Certified Quality Auditor}. He obtained his Gold Seal Certification (GSC) from the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) in 2011.
Mr. Kumar is served as a Chair, President, Sr. Vice-President-Operations and Director-Marketing and Professional Development portfolios for PMI Lakeshore chapter and presently serving in Ethics Review Committee (ERC) of PMI Global and providing coaching and mentoring to PMI members. Mr. Kumar is actively involved since 1996 with Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) and is serving in various committees and boards (Discipline, Equity & Diversity and Experience Requirements). Since 2007, Rishi is providing coaching and mentoring services to PEO Mississauga as a Chairperson. He supports the mentorship programs offered by various non-profit organizations (CESO, Ontario Works-Peel Region, Skills for Change, ACCES Employment, DBNS and CMC) in GTA since 1994.

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