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An Introduction to Public Works Contract

  • Date(s)
    Wednesday, 27 March 2019
  • Time(s)
    9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Fee

    Members: €345
    Non-Members: €395

    NOTE: You can only book online using credit or debit card details.  If your preferred method of payment is by invoice / purchase order / bank transfer / other, please contact the CPD Training Team on 01-6651305, or email to secure a place.

  • CPD Credit
    6.5 hours   C2



An Introduction to Public Works Contract (PWC) is a full one-day course intended for both public and private sector companies whom are currently working with or are interested in working with PWCs in the future. This course is intended for participants with varying experience in using the PWC and will provide an in-depth understanding on the various contractual provisions within the PWC. 

Course Aim

The aim of the training is to provide a general overview of the Public Works Contract and to improve the awareness and knowledge of the attendees on the various contractual provisions and procedures that are applicable to PWCs. Our objective is to ensure that attendees understand the terms and operation of the PWCs and approach them practically and professionally.

Course Programme

This course will include an introductory level focus on:

  1. Introduction to the PWC;
  2. PWC Objectives;
  3. Risk Management;
  4. Roles and Responsibilities;
  5. Delay and Compensation Events;
  6. Payment Provisions; and
  7. Dispute Resolution and Termination

Course Objectives

The objectives of the training include:

  • Ensuring that participants understand implications of the contractual terms of the PWC
  • Ensuring that participants understand the contractual mechanisms of the PWC
  • Ensuring that participants understand the impact and effect of the procedures as set out in the PWC and their obligations of different parties within them
  • Improving the timely completion of projects and provide the knowledge necessary for participants to approach PWCs practically and professionally

Learning Outcomes

After this course, participants should be better able to understand the:

  • Objectives of the PWC;
  • Changes and amendments made to the PWC
  • Roles and responsibilities of the Employer, the Employer’s Representative, the Contractor’s Representative, the Specialists/Sub-Contractors and the Quantity Surveyor
  • Procedure involved with compensation events and dispute resolution
  • Payment mechanism under the PWC

Who should attend

This course is open to all whom are affiliated or are interested in the PWC and would specifically be useful to Employers, Employer’s Representatives, Students, Graduates, Engineers, Project Managers, Quantity Surveyors, Contractors and Subcontractors whom want to learn more about the PWC.

Trainer's profile

Brian Quinn is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and has acquired over 13 years’ experience in the construction and commercial management of civil engineering and building projects throughout Ireland for one of Ireland’s largest contractors. Brian is head of our in-house project management team and is heavily involved in procuring this type of work and the administration of the day to day role.  Recent projects include agreeing final account stage for a £4m project in Belfast for the construction of agri-feed stores (NEC Option A) and the pre-contract (NEC Option C) award stages of the construction of an extension to a biopharmaceutical facility with a project value of €15 – €20m. In terms of live projects, Brian is the Project Manager on the construction of two separate agri-feed store extensions (NEC Option A) with a combined project value €8.5m.

His thorough understanding of technical issues associated within the construction industry, coupled with his practical knowledge of the law and dispute resolution, ensures that he is ideally placed to evaluate and advise upon contractual issues to both client and contractor alike. He manages disputes in all forums including arbitration, conciliation and adjudication.

Brian has acquired extensive experience in the management of PWC, FIDIC and NEC contracts. He regularly provides bespoke training on varying forms of construction contracts and topical industry practices/issues. These are provided in-house and to institutions such as ICE, CIBSE, DIT Bolton Street and Engineers Ireland. Brian is also course co-ordinator and lecturer on the ICE Civil Engineering Law and Contract Management (NEC 3) Course in Dublin.

Brian is also a member of the part time lecturing panel for the Undergraduate / Postgraduate Quantity Surveying Course in Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street.

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27 March 2019


"Very well delivered. Brian kept the course interesting and encouraged everyone to engage. Highly recommended."

"Content and delivery was brilliant and presenter is very knowledgeable and able to respond to any queries asked."

"Very informative and well presented. Highly detailed and relevant to me"

Ronan Toft, Kildare County Council: "Very well presented with good knowledge of content."

Caroilín Liston, Kerry County Council: "Very good course. One day is ideal."

Joseph Reilly, J B Barry: "The course was very informative and encouraged participant interaction."


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