The principle of mutual trust and cooperation is a fundamental concept underlying NEC4 construction contracts. It is a crucial guiding principle that promotes collaboration, open communication, and a positive working relationship among the parties involved in a construction project. The principle aims to foster an environment of trust, fairness, and teamwork, ultimately leading to successful project delivery.
Even well-structured contracts like the NEC suite still present several operational challenges:
To effectively meet the requirements of the NEC suite of contracts, a collaborative contract administration environment is required to build and maintain a complete project information model, manage contractual communication, provide timely and accurate insight into project and contract performance, and effectively manage risk through active dispute avoidance.
Overcoming a slow initial response to technology adoption by the construction industry, successful industry participants are embracing a digital transformation strategy to remain competitive.
Based on extensive industry experience and best practices, the Oracle Primavera Unifier NEC4 solution provides effective contractual compliance, instills confidence in management decisions, and improves the productivity of contract management teams through NEC4-aligned forms, workflows, communication types, contractual response times, notifications, change management processes, and reports.
With this scalable, secure, cloud-based solution from Oracle, organizations can now manage a single contract or easily scale to manage several contracts on a larger project or organization through a rapid deployment model. As appropriate, open integration with an ERP or other application contributes to establishing a project management ecosystem to eliminate disconnected processes and data sources.
The Oracle Primavera Unifier NEC4 solution not only provides native support for all options of the popular Engineering and Construction Contract (ECC) but also for the Engineering and Construction Short Contract (ECSC), Professional Services Contract (PSC), Professional Services Short Contract (PSSC), Term Services Contract (TSC), and the Term Services Short Contract (TSSC). Additional NEC contract forms can be added upon request.
The Oracle Primavera Unifier NEC4 solution provides value across several areas, including:
Collaboration and information management
Dispute avoidance, early warning, and compensation events
Measurement, valuations, and payments management
A recent €2 billion airport expansion project in Ireland required strict project controls to meet regulatory compliance. RPC, an Oracle partner, deployed Oracle Primavera Unifier and Oracle Primavera P6 applications to enable the airport to effectively scale their project management systems to meet the needs of the project. The implementation helped ensure project control and contracts management governance to meet the requirements of the NEC4 contracts.
“RPC has helped us to unlock the potential of Primavera Unifier and has been instrumental in successfully integrating it across cost, program and contract management,” says Mark O'Brien, senior cost manager at the Dublin Airport.
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Werner Maritz is director of industry strategy for Oracle Construction and Engineering