Contracting Engineering Projects

Contracting Engineering Projects
Online brochure
Start- and course dates
September 29, 2022
Tilburg Campus, Online
3,5 dayparts online; 3,5 dayparts in class
€ 4200 (free from VAT)

Improve your awareness for successful contracting engineering projects

Contract knowledge is crucial when managing complex projects in the construction, engineering and offshore industry. A basic understanding of business law, risk management and interdependencies among stakeholders is key when it comes to creating commercial success.

Project managers are confronted with complex legal, commercial and cultural differences among contract parties on a daily basis. In order to execute an engineering project successfully a multidisciplinary set of skills and knowledge is required. The program Contracting Engineering Projects will help you:

  • develop an understanding of contracting risks and success factors
  • participate as a partner in contracting discussions and negotiations
  • manage contracts effectively

Why choose for TIAS Shool for Business and Society?

  • A top-ranked business school in Executive and InCompany Education according to the Financial Times
  • Outstanding faculty that combine academic insights with practical use
  • Flexible leadership programs tailored to your specific learning needs

Participant profile

Contracting Engineering Projects is aimed at professionals with 5 - 10 years experience.

Participants are for example:

  • project managers & directors
  • subcontracting managers & directors
  • purchase & procurement managers
  • construction and area managers
  • tender and commercial managers
  • engineers

Deal with the results of contract complexities

This Program was initially established by TIAS School for Business & Society and a consortium of Ballast Nedam, Boskalis and the Heerema Fabrication Group in order to address the growing international competition and collaboration. They felt the need to prepare their employees for dealing with the resulting contract complexities.

Participants will take part in a blended program set up. This program format makes Contracting Engineering Projects attractive and relevant for maritime companies as well as for land based constructing companies. Also, the new program is suited for contractors / suppliers as well as for clients. Finally, its modular design allows for easy configuration of an InCompany delivery.

What does Contracting Engineering projects do for you and what will you learn? 

This Program addresses key challenges facing professionals in various phases of the contracting cycle ranging from drafting, tendering and landing the contract to subcontracting, project execution, and finally testing and delivery. You will learn how to:

  • prepare for the tender process and how to establish the optimum approach
  • work with different contract types and modules
  • identify contracting risks and challenges at an early stage
  • collaborate with different internal and external stakeholders
  • translate contractual arrangements into effective collaboration with subcontractors
  • choose between alternative options for dispute resolution

Contracting Engineering Projects program design

The International Contracting Program covers the entire contract cycle. The program is highly interactive and its concepts as well as best practices are illustrated through many real life cases. All stages of the contracting process are covered through hands-on exercises

The Contracting Engineering Projects program includes the following modules:

  • Module I1: Introduction (2 hours)
  • Module C1: Contracting strategies
  • Module C2: Contract preparation
  • Module C3: Contract formation
  • Module C4: Contract execution and management
  • Module L1: legal aspects of contract preparation & formation
  • Module L2: legal aspects of contract execution & completion
  • Module S: Summary (2 hours)

Investment for Contracting Engineering Projects

The investment for the blended Contracting Engineering Projects program amounts to a fee of € 4200 (free from VAT). This fee includes regular catering arrangements for the in class sessions. A dinner buffet is served on the evening in-class session.

How do you finance your education?

You have found the program that best suits your learning goals and ambitions. But how do you finance this? There are different ways to do that. Your employer can play a role, but there are also interesting statutory regulations that you can use yourself. We list the possibilities for you.

Read about the possibilities here »

Top faculty

TIAS faculty members are experienced specialists in their field of interest. The international contracting program is facilitated by Kees Berends and Wilfred Veldstra. Kees is a very experienced contract manager, whereas Wilfred is a specialized procurement and construction contract lawyer.


Kees Berends
Owner / Managing Consultant
  • Engr. Robert A. Werth holds a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration. In addition, Robert works as an accredited trainer for FIDIC.
  • Mr. G. (Gijs) Verberne is partner, lawyer at van Doorne. Gijs is specialized in and project development & construction law and European & Dutch tender law.

  • Sijmen van Marle
    Manager Maintenance Cell - Boskalis

    When a project runs well, no one will go back and re-examine the contract. This is exactly where the pitfall lies. Because when things do go wrong, it is very important that all the agreements and responsibilities have been recorded properly on paper. What I take away is the understanding of how important it is to involve colleagues with the contents of the contracts in time and to inform them properly about it. After all, they will work with it.

    The combination of lectures and group work is very valuable. Because you can spar in a smaller group with participants from different disciplines, you get to see things from a different perspective. This leads to surprising insights.

    I really enjoyed the clear structure of the program. It has a start and a finish, and this ensures that all parts of the contract cycle are discussed.

  • Ruud Godeschalk
    Area Maintenance Manager - Boskalis

    The program focused on international legal differences between contractual parties. This made me even more aware of the fact that you have to make good agreements with each other about which legislation you adhere to in the contract and the consequences this choice entails. The cases that were discussed in the program were relevant for my every-day situations and practice.

    The number of participants in the program is perfect. It is easy to split up into groups to study a case, but it also makes for interesting classroom discussions during the lectures. The combination of a teacher with a lot of experience in business practice and a teacher who is really specialized in company law is excellent. Together they gave very lively and interactive lectures.

  • Marc E. Verbrugghe
    Regional manager Boskalis

    I chose TIAS’ Contracting Engineering Projects because it fitted my new job perfectly where I have to deal more and more with contracts. The master class gave me a good understanding of the main contract formats and of the risks we face in our day-to-day business.
    Both teachers were excellent at their job. Due to their different backgrounds, they brought different insights to the various study subjects. The realization of all potential risks, their correlation and how to deal with them, are of great use every day.
    The diversity of the participants is an important added value. I was part of a very active group, where everyone expressed their view from a different angle.

Jorien van Loopik-van Dijk
Jorien van Loopik-van Dijk
Program Adviser
+31 13 466 86 14

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