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Brush with the law


As the construction industry gets less adversarial, there is increased demand for training to manage delays on site as they occur.

Training provider Pickavance Consulting has had great success with a two day course aimed at skilling up engineers to programme manage their way out of a crisis.

The course starts with a briefing on the Society of Construction Law protocol for dealing with delay and disputes and trainees will go on to learn how to use programme management software such as P3 or Asta Team Plan.

'There is more awareness now of the software and systems available for managing programmes, ' says Pickavance associate director Stuart Wilks of the course which is run residentially or at the RICS London HQ.

The second day helps prepare students should the project become mired in claim and counterclaim. This includes analysis of claims they may have to deal with; the kind of events that cause problems in the construction programme and how the adjudicator expects to see claims presented.

Pickavance is starting to adapt the course so that it can be delivered in-house for major contractors and consultants and tailored to their needs.

It is offering a new distance learning course in construction law that has been worked up in partnership with legal publisher Informa. Already 300 people have signed up to the course which starts next month.

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