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Mega high way projects are novel experience to the Sri Lankan Construction Industry. The bulk work involved with the construction of these projects creates more complicated issues. Most of these issues are difficult to explore during the planning stage. This situation makes opportunity for claims.

The aim of this paper is to create awareness on reasons for the claims and get ready with measures to manage these claims in mega highway projects.

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Building Information Modelling, or BIM, has become a buzzword in today’s construction industry. However BIM is not yet practiced in Sri Lankan construction industry. While not many have actually used and got its benefits, BIM has gained a large attention in the international arena. Its appreciable features seem guaranteeing that it will become an industry standard in future.

Building Information Modelling is digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a building creating a shared knowledge resource and forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life cycle, from earliest conception to demolition

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Information has the best value when delivered to the correct place at the correct time in the correct format. The University of Calgary’s productivity researchers, and many other researchers around the world, have identified that such delivery of information is difficult in today’s construction industry due to inadequate communication facilities. This has become a critical factor contributing to low productivity in the construction industry.

The University of Calgary’s productivity research team have developed an innovative information kiosk, called “i-Booth©”, to enhance information management and communication for construction sites. The i-Booth currently

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Life is a learning experience. Webster’s Dictionary defines learning as “the act or experience of one that learns; knowledge of skill acquired by instruction or study; modification of a behavioral tendency by experience. For communities to function and develop, learning needs to be planned, directed, evaluated and reviewed. It is demonstrable that, individuals, organizations and communities have benefits by ensuring that learning situations arise, learning can take place and that, through learning, the well-being of individuals, organizations and societies can be secured.

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BIM enables automated take-off, and more significantly the automated estimating in minutes if not in seconds by linking those to appropriate rate libraries. This has raised worries if the Quantity Surveyors will become redundant. Will they actually, is not a question to be answered; but a choice to be made by individual Quantity Surveyors”

Did BIM make you nervous?
Quantity Surveyors perform different roles. While BIM may influence most of them in varying degrees, the above context would directly affect the role of Estimating. This paper reviews whether the role of an estimator would actually become

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Literally, a dispute is a conflict of interest or difference of opinion. Contractually, it is an issue disagreed between parties pending settlement in a formal process. However, disputes can no longer be seen as disputes between the contractor and the employer. The reality has many facets. They could be contractor vs engineer, contractor and engineer vs employer, contractor vs engineer’s representative, contractor, engineer and engineer’s representative vs employer etc. More or less the same entity in many projects, particularly public works, operates in capacity of the employer and the engineer, although they are two different personalities in strict contractual sense.

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Determination of cost of the intended finish product is vital in any industry. Fundamentally wrong costing would lead to serious repercussions in a business. Any Quantity Surveyor who is entrusted of managing cost estimating, irrespective of which organization (Client, Contractor or Consultant) he/she is engaged, should have this “business sense”. In case of a public client it is much more important to be accountable for estimates prepared. The procurement manual section 8.13.4 is self explanatory on this and abstract of same is shown below.

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The New Engineering Contract (NEC) is a form of contract published by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) amongst several forms of contract used in the construction industry, which is primarily design to use under common law situations. NEC was introduced in 1991 as a consultative edition, and it had its’ first edition in 1993, and second edition in 1995. The third edition, known as NEC3 was published in 2005. The NEC3, also known as Engineering and Construction Contract (ECC) is increasingly and successfully used in UK and in several other countries around the world.

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