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2. ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY, Architecture engineering, Construction engineering


Timely delivery of construction projects is an important priority for most building clients, particularly for those operating in the private sector. Construction projects, however, rarely run like clockwork and schedule overruns are commonplace. This study reviews various issues regarding time-management by contract administrators and quantity surveyors on ‘traditionally’ procured building contracts, with specific reference to the Irish RIAI and PW-CF-1 Contracts. The review examines commencement, progress and completion issues related to these contracts. These included the setting of programme durations, the consequences of delays caused by events beyond the control of the contracting parties, and delays for which either the contractor or employer are responsible. The study then examines various grounds which may entitle a contractor to seek an extension of time, and the procedures governing this process. A discussion addresses the question as to whether the RIAI and PW-CF1 contract terms are effective in securing the timely completion of building contracts and reports industry concerns regarding various time-related terms incorporated in these contracts.

The study is intended as a resource for Irish students undertaking undergraduate and conversion masters courses in quantity surveying and construction management related disciplines.