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FIDIC drops independent engineer from new contract


INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANTS Federation FIDIC has virtually eliminated the independent engineer from its latest suite of contracts.

Contract forms published last week acknowledge contractors' suspicions that consultants side with their clients in disputes, even though traditional contract forms insist on impartiality. FIDIC published three new forms in the Hague last week and held briefing sessions on them in London on Monday. Its contract forms are widely used on major international projects, especially those funded by organisations such as the World Bank.

The new editions include conditions of contract for: construction; plant and design & build; engineer, procure, construct turnkey projects; and small scale or repetitive work.

They supersede FIDIC's Red, Yellow and Orange Books which cover civils, electrical and mechanical and design-build/turnkey work respectively.

The new engineer, procure, construct contract makes no mention of the engineer. It loads unforeseen ground condition risk on to the contractor but carries a warning to clients to be prepared to pay extra for this.

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