Dubai: Innovative Procurement in Global Construction

Dubai: Innovative Procurement in Global Construction
Join with our AIQS President Professor Anthony Mills & Professor Indrawansa Samaratunga in discussion with reference to the Middle East.


The purpose of the CPD presentation is to explore the cultures that exist in construction alliance projects. Alliancing is a procurement route that solves many of the challenges caused by adversarial contracts, and as such becomes a useful approach for projects that have high levels of complexity, risk or urgency. The presentation begins with a short history of the development of relationship-based procurement, which leads to a discussion about the cultures and behaviours that are evident in successful Alliance projects. The presentation will suggest that alliance procurement is not a business-as-usual approach and is not suitable for many types of projects. However, when the project conditions are right, it provides a useful alternative to traditional contracting processes.


Professor Anthony Mills PhD FAIQS
President, Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors

Anthony is a graduate from both Curtin and Melbourne University, Australia. He has extensive experience working as a Quantity Surveyor for professional consultancy firms, contractors and government authorities in Australian and the UK. He currently is the Head of School of Architecture and Built Environment at Deakin University, Australia. Anthony is an expert in construction procurement and has an extensive track record of international publication in the field. Finally, he is the current President of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors.


Most Developers in the Middle East are still using Forms of Contract modelled on old FIDIC - 3rd Edition whilst those in the UAE have progressed to its 4th Edition (1987). Despite the passage of two decades, the industry in this part of the world is still reluctant to adopt the new FIDIC - First Edition (1999). Also, there are those who were bold enough to test it experienced an increase in the tender prices, not only because of its introduction of onerous administrative procedures for Contractors, but also because of a trend by Developers to delete/amend provisions which would otherwise have resulted in more competitive tender prices. Would the Second Edition (FIDIC 2017) encourage the industry stakeholders to take a different view on what they had been practicing to date? At this CPD we would be discussing few provisions in FIDIC 2017 which are likely to affect the tender prices.


Professor Indrawansa Samaratunga DSc

16 years ago, Prof. Sam became the first Fellow of AIQS from the Middle East region. At the same time, he was also appointed by the Institute as its Middle East Representative in which position he continued for some 10 years. Prof. Sam is also a Fellow of seven other professional institutions among which are the RICS, IQSSL, CIOB and CIArb. Prof. Sam had been a Mentor to hundreds of young members most of whom are renowned professionals today. Over 5000 construction industry professionals have been through his Trilogy of Training on Contract Administration (i.e. Sound Contract Administration course, Contract Administration - Advanced Course and Contract Administrator - Master Class). Prof. Sam is an Arbitrator with London Court of International Arbitration and Dubai International Arbitration Center. His career in Quantity Surveying, Contract Administration and Dispute Resolution spans over 53 years of which 44 years had been in Oman and Dubai.

When : Tuesday, 23 April 2019
Where : Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai 
Time  : 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Price  : AUD 100
RSVP  : Online via AIQS website

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