NZS 3910: Construction Claims, Ideas for their Preparation and Response

When:  Jul 30, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (NZST)
Associated with  New Zealand

This one-day workshop caters to both Contractors and Engineers involved in administering NZS 3910 contracts, who need to develop systematic approaches for preparing, submitting and responding to claims for unanticipated events that occur on many construction contracts, whether or not they are well described in the conditions of contract.

Such claims might be for additional monetary entitlements, extensions of time for completion as is defined in the contract, or for other remedies such as prolongation of the Contractor’s need to be present on site, or the costs of accelerating progress to meet the Principal’s fixed time limits or a need to negotiate earlier completion.

Ideas on an appropriate format are offered for the gathering and presenting information on entitlements and the circumstances that have arisen on a particular project to entitle them are offered, so that claim documents do not alienate the reviewer(s) and make them less disposed to agree to the contractor’s viewpoint.

In anticipation of a possible need for such claims to be prepared, the importance of keeping contemporary records of progress and delaying events is stressed.  
From the Engineer’s viewpoint, appropriate techniques for minimising the likelihood of claims are explored, and possible responses under the conditions of contract are suggested. Important elements in claim documentation are outlined and examples of the use of these ideas in hypothetical project examples are given and worked upon by workshop participants.

Following this course, participants will:

  • understand the advantages of submitting a well argued and supported claim
    learn what techniques should be used to analyse and respond to such claims, with either rejection or certification
  • review the payment clauses and understand when additional payment of a contractor may  be justified?
  • follow the Engineer’s processes for analysing, valuing and responding to such claims
  • learn what might happen if claims are unfairly dismissed or ignore

Workshop Facilitator
Andrew Brickell is a very experienced construction contracts practitioner and presenter, who also covers other topics in IPWEA’s training programme (expanded upon in the course brochure.) Andrew was the IPENZ and ACENZ representative on the Standards NZ 3910 revision committee, so he is well placed to explain the reasons for the important changes introduced by the 2013 revisions.


  • Non-members: $695 + GST
  • Members: $625.50 + GST

Did you know there is another Contracts workshop listed consecutively with this one?
Click here to learn about our Delay, Disruption and Extensions of Time workshop.

So that you can still improve professional development, while reducing travel spend, IPWEA NZ have listed well matched courses together.  In the unlikely event of date postponement, IPWEA NZ recommend booking flexible travel. 


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Auckland, NZ 1010


Jodie O’Doherty
04 472 2389