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NEC gets warm welcome in China

Overseas brief

The ICE is planning to pilot the New Engineering Contract in China by persuading a client to adopt the anti-conflict form.

NEC panel members, chair Peter Higgins, ICE technical director Amar Bhogal, Bill Weddel and South African civil engineer Andrew Baird attended a four day seminar in Suzhou, China recently. They presented the Chinese version of the NEC to 70 academic, consultant and contractor delegates from the country. The main purpose was to establish the contract had been translated correctly.

Bhogal said 'It was well received. Chinese academics are actively looking for a pilot project in which to use the NEC. If the ICE hears of any relevant new projects in China, we will try to persuade the developers to use the contract.'

The initiative to translate the NEC into Chinese was first launched last year when Sir Alan Cockshaw visited Suzhou. Talks with universities lead to the translation. The English version of the contract won the Clear English Standard award from the Plain Language Commission earlier this year.

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