Understanding Contracts and Claims

Face-to-face duration: 1 day
PDU's: 8

Course Objectives

This one (1) day workshop has been specifically designed to explain the various types of contracting approaches and some of the most common contracting forms available in the industry. You will learn the roles, responsibilities and obligations of the parties under the Contract and best practice methodologies for managing variation and extension of time claims.

The workshop explores the structure of contracts; the relationship between parties; interpretation of contract clauses and requirements; and management of contractual claims.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the contracting approaches (fully documented, design and build, turnkey, EPC)
  2. Language and interpretation
  3. Structure of the contract
  4. Roles, responsibilities and obligations of the parties under the contract
  5. Interpretation of the contract clauses relating to variations
  6. Interpretation of the contract clauses relating to progress, programming and extension of time
  7. Management of variation and extension of time claims (claiming and valuing)
  8. Contract disputes - Rules of contract interpretation
  9. Contract administration duties and best practice processes


  • Commercial managers
  • Project managers
  • Contract managers and administrators
  • Procurement professionals
  • Planning & controls professionals
  • Project engineers
  • Designers


  • Learn about the different contract types and their suitability for the different types of projects
  • Be aware of subtlety of contract wording, language and interpretation
  • Understand the contract in full including amendments and order of precedence in the contract
  • Understand your obligations under the contract
  • Be confident with managing change, variations and extensions of time
  • Be prepared to exercise your rights to dispute a determination made under the contract
  • Implement international best practice contracts management processes


  1. Understanding Contract types
  2. Contract interpretation
  3. Structure of the Contract
  4. Roles under the Contract
  5. Change Control
  6. Management of variations
  7. Management of extensions of time
  8. Contract Disputes
  9. Contract Administration best practice

Program Outline

8:30 am - Understanding Contract types

  • Contract types
  • Their application in the industry
  • The related risk profiles

9:00 am - Contract Interpretation

  • Words in the contract and their meaning
  • Legal implications
  • Avoiding accidental amendments to the Contract

9:30 am - Structure of the Contract

  • Contract documents
  • Amendments
  • Order of precedence
  • Understanding documents issued for information

10:00 am - morning tea break

10:20 am - Roles under the Contract

  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Obligations
  • Formal notices under the Contract

11:00 am - Managing Changes to the Contract

  • What is a change to the contract
  • Understanding the process for managing change
  • Changes entitling a variation to the contract sum - Compensatory causes
  • Changes entitling an extension of time

12:00 pm - lunch break

1.00 pm - Variations and Extensions of time

  • Valuing / claiming variations
  • Assessing / claiming an extension of time

2:30 pm - afternoon tea break

2:50 pm - Contract Disputes

  • Right of the parties
  • Process under the contract

3:30 pm - Contract Administration best practice

  • Starting a new contract relationship
  • Contract Management Plan
  • Contract Management Systems
  • Closing the contract

4:30 pm - Close

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