Contracting Engineering Projects

Contracting Engineering Projects
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Start- and course dates
September 19, 2024
Tilburg Campus, Online
3 online sessions/3 days in class
€ 4700 (exempt from VAT)

Creating commercial success with 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 

Participant profile

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

Participants are for example:

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

Why TIAS School for Business & Society?

  • Financial Times top-ranked business school for executive and in-company education.
  • All lecturers are top experts from academia and the business world.
  • Directly applicable scientific and practical knowledge.
  • Flexible programs tailored to your needs.

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

Contracting Engineering Projects is a redesign of the TIAS International Contracting Program in order to make this program fit for blended delivery. The program will start with 3 dayparts online followed by 6 dayparts in class. This redesign preserves the contract cycle as the recurring theme of the program. In addition, the program features a number of relevant case studies. The Contracting Engineering Projects program includes the following modules:


Module 1: Introduction:

  • Welcome, course objectives, logistics
  • Introduction TIAS Team and (briefly) participants
  • Overview of contracting engineering and construction projects

Module 2: Capita Selecta Contract Law – 1:

  • Agreement: contract law, offer and acceptance, withdrawing an offer, Letter Of Intent (LOI)
  • FIDIC Golden Principles and models, roles duties and general obligations
  • Non performance and remedies, limitation of liability Force Majeure (Exceptional Event)

Module 3: The Contracting Process:

  • Desired project outcomes: erspective of the client, owners, and contractors
  • Contracting process: tendering, contract management, scope segmentation and generic contracting (EPC/EPCM)
  • Risk & stakeholder management: risk definition, description (cause, event, consequence), classification and quantification

In class

Module 4: Scope and Pricing

  • Introduction participants and recapitulation of online learnings
  • Scope & pricing: functional vs prescriptive scope definition cost probability
  • Pricing structures

Module 5: Sourcing and Tendering

  • Process (pre-qualification, Invitation To Tender award), technical/commercial evaluation, , deviations, qualifications, alternatives
  • Risk pricing: optimum lump sum tender price, forms of payment and payment phasing

Module 6: Capital Selecta Contract Law – 2

  • Liabilities and Warranties: warranties, effect warranties on liability and the burden of proof, defect notification period, types of time bars
  • Claims: type of claims (Extension Of Time, compensation for delay and/or disruption, cost compensation process, including notices and timing CEES principle (Cause - Effect - Entitlement - Substantiation)
  • Dispute resolution: building your case, state courts versus arbitration, other forms of alternative dispute resolution

Module 7:Stakeholder Management

  • Collaboration: clear, concise, contemporaneous and contractual communication (C4) and proactive, pragmatic, personal and professional management (P4), teamwork
  • Relational contracting:Delivery obligation versus obligation to make efforts, contractual and non-contractual incentives, relational risk as opportunism vs trust
  • Drafting of the agreement, behavior at the negotiation table, and beyond.

Module 8: Contract Management

  • Contract management: information management, performance indicators, earned value analysis
  • Governance & Assurance: financial authorities (including tender board), definition of mandatory contractual risk allocation, insurance

Module 9: Recapitulation

  • Summary of program learnings
  • Reflection and final Q&A
  • Program evaluation and closure

Dates and locations Contracting Engineering Projects

NameLocationStart date
Contracting Engineering ProjectsTilburg Campus, OnlineSeptember 19, 2024

Investment for Contracting Engineering Projects

The investment for the blended Contracting Engineering Projects program amounts to a fee of € 4700 (exempt 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 »

Faculty Contracting Engineering Projects

TIAS faculty members are experienced specialists in their field of interest. The contracting engineering projects program is facilitated by Kees Berends and Jacob Henriquez. Kees is a very experienced contract manager, while Jacob is an experienced construction lawyer, who specializes in contentious and non-contentious FIDIC projects.


Kees Berends
Owner / Managing Consultant

Start your application

Following your enrollment, the Academic Director will review your CV. After the Academic Director determines that you meet the admission requirements, you will receive the official study agreement and you can finalize your enrollment.

Jorien van Loopik-van Dijk
Jorien van Loopik-van Dijk
Program Adviser
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