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ECS Associates is the leading training, consulting and advisory company providing support for successful implementation of engineering and construction projects.

ECS Associates (Pty) Ltd – formally Engineering Contract Strategies CC – has been in business since 1993 providing consulting services to the engineering and construction industry. Primarily the service offering was focused on strategic advice, dispute resolution and training on the NEC (New Engineering Contract). Today, the core of the business represents the belief that collaborative relationships between main contracting parties within the value chain, employees and other stakeholders, provide a necessary formula for both improved performance and transformation during project management.


ECS provides specialised services in Contract Development, Contract Application,  and Contract Management. These include the NEC Suite, FIDIC, JBCC and GCC Standard Forms.

We are exclusive regional suppliers of hard copy NEC documents and guidance manuals. We have enjoyed this premier relationship with the institution of Civil Engineers of London for over 20 years as we are regarded as the premier NEC experts in the region. 

They are a highly competent firm and have worked closely with us on complex multi discipline contracts.”  Dany de Barros, CEO (Prommac)



ECS offers a range of services in support of Project Management and Leadership, Planning Management, Risk Management, Supply Chain and Performance Management. Our spirit of collaboration amongst all team members results in overall improvement of project delivery and performance.

“The ECS team has a thorough knowledge of contract law and project management, having assisted us on a range of contractual matters.” Jean Marcello Lamperini, Managing Director (Mkhulu EDP)



ECS has been awarded NEC Commercial Partner status by ICE-UK for delivery in Southern Africa of NEC’s accredited training programmes and offer comprehensive training on the NEC Suite of Documents – both NEC3 and NEC4.

This includes the NEC ECC Project Manager Gold Standard Course, granting  delegates to be certified as an NEC3 ECC Project Manager, and entry onto the Register for Accredited NEC Professionals, held by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

Excellent presentation and practical examples.  I look forward to further NEC training.” Mike Marais, Quantity Surveyor



ECS focuses on Dispute Avoidance, Dispute Resolution and Claims through Forensic Delay Analysis, Amicable Settlement Facilitation and Claim Avoidance and Management.

“ECS have provided us with excellent and professional services, resulting in favourable awards in arbitration and adjudication tribunals.” Graeme Tooley, Contracts Director (Bartlett Construction)


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“Our mission is to facilitate the highest standard of skills and services necessary to successfully implement projects in the South African environment through collaborative relationships on all levels and application of best practices in contract administration and project management while beneficially transforming the engineering and construction industry.”


Our clients

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t was a busy month! We proudly secured new contract management and training assignments with these remarkable customers.

This means 12 trees to be planted by Food & Trees for Africa for the Stutterheim Reforestation Project, Eastern Cape. 
Sierra Rutile Limited in Freetown, Sierra Leone – repeat business on previous successful service offering
> Pande Gas, Mozambique – again repeat business on previous NEC contract management services
EOH – NEC contract expert advisory services
LeadEPC – Contract management advisory services
Honeywell South Africa – Contract management services and dispute resolution
Prommac (Pty) Ltd – Contract management advisory services
Scaw Metals Group Metals – EPCM and PMO services
> Siyavuya Power Projects – Contract management services
> WEC Projects – Dispute management and ADR services
Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd – Dispute resolution services
Gleeds International, Peru Infrastructure – extension of Contract management services
Freemantle Consulting Engineers – NEC project management training


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