NEC users will have greater clarity following a series of amendments and updates to the suite of contracts.
The April 2013 update contains some significant changes as well as some minor tweaks to existing clauses.
The revised box set includes the new Professional Services Short Contract (PSSC), which is aimed at straightforward consultancy commissions. This also ties in with the other Short Contracts that are already in existence.
The most significant difference is the introduction of a series of practical how to guides for the ECC, Professional Services Contract (PSC) and the Term Service Contract (TSC) and guidance on how to use Building Information Modelling (BIM) within NEC3 contracts.
Docte Consulting Managing Director and NEC consultant Dr Stuart Kings said: “The refinements will ensure greater clarity and are a response to the demand for more detailed and practical guidance from the user group.
“The changes reflect the growing understanding of the contract. The more it is being adopted the more detailed people require the guidance to be. It’s a reflection of the increasing use of the contract within the industry.”
The practical how to guides include:
• How to write the ECC Works Information.
• How to use the ECC communication forms.
• How to write the PSC Scope.
• How to use the PSC communication forms.
• How to write the TSC Service Information.
• How to use the TSC communication forms.
• How to use BIM with NEC3 Contracts.
Dr Kings added: “I think they are very useful, very practical and easy to understand. The contracts are pitched at the right level for users.”