Engineer to the Contract

A Comprehensive 2-day workshop

This more advanced two day-course covers the complex dual 'role' of the Engineer in the administering contracts let under NZS 3910.

These successful workshops are not just a lecture, throughout the workshop delegates work in groups on practical examples.

Key Topics Explored

The subtleties of the role are explored in relation to instructions, interpretation, certification, time, cost and quality decision making and for responses to claims and disputes. Exercises, case studies and a multi-choice test are used to bed in knowledge and to share experiences.

You will leave this 2-day workshop with a good understanding of the following topics:
  • Understanding the implications of the NZS 3910 definition of the role of the Engineer
  • Hearing about contractual disputes and decisions of the courts that helped define that role
  • Being aware of which functions can and should be delegated Learning about the importance of processes in payment certification, particularly in relation to the Construction Contracts Act’s requirements
  • Getting the best performance out of contractors
  • Understanding how to deal with and defuse disputes
  • What may need to be done if one of the parties to the contract defaults Understanding the ideas which feature in the recent revisions of NZ Standard Conditions of Contract NZS 3910 : 2013 and NZS 3916
Participants will be given comprehensive notes for future reference.

Who Should Attend

Attendees are recommended to have had some previous training in construction contracts, such as the IPWEA NZ Engineer’s Representative and Contractor’s Representative course, or similar.


Andrew Brickell is a consulting civil engineer who trades under the business name of Enmore Consultancy Ltd, based in Auckland. He has over 50 years of experience in the construction industry, has worked on projects in 20 countries and is an experienced construction arbitrator. He represented ACENZ and Engineering NZ on the revision committee that produced NZS 3910, 3916 and 3917 and has also participated in FIDIC contracts task committees. He is a Fellow of Engineering NZ and has been a member of many other engineering organisations internationally,  including ICE, IPWEA, the Project Management Institute and the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of NZ.


  • “Very interesting, very effective”
  • “The use of real examples is very effective in drawing out the experiences of participants”
  • “I attended the workshop on the role and functions of Engineer to the Contract. Although I have many years of experience in that role I found it to be very instructive and well presented”
  • “Thorough and valuable resources, well presented
  • “Great insight into legal issues and potential disputes”
  • “It is rare to get so much value from such a workshop"