about us

ECS Associates (Pty) Ltd follows on from Engineering Contract Strategies CC, founded in 1993 by Andrew Baird. He is one of NEC’s authors and panel member for over 20 years, who is acknowledged as the leading expert on NEC based procurement in southern Africa. The combined experience of the ECS Associates team exceeds 100 years achieved in the engineering and construction industry in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.

We have been awarded NEC Commercial Partner status by ICE-UK for delivery in Southern Africa of NEC’s accredited training programmes.

OUR BUSINESS

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.

In addition to specialised services in training, development and application of contracts based on the NEC, FIDIC, JBCC and GCC standard forms, ECS Associates offer a range of services in support of general management and leadership, planning, risk management, supply chain management, claims avoidance, claims management, performance management, advisory services, management development and leadership coaching and training.

“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.”

NEC PRODUCTS

NEC is being used extensively in South Africa since the first edition was launched in 1993. The Standard for Uniformity (SFU) Regulations issued under the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Act of 2000, mandate the use of only four contracting systems by State Owned Entities. NEC is one of these systems.  Many private sector organisations have followed suite.

NEC is the ideal system for use with the Infrastructure Procurement and Delivery Management (IPDM) standard being rolled out countrywide by National Treasury since 2016. NEC usage, now universal throughout UK, has spread to other parts of the world notably public works projects in Hong Kong and New Zealand.

We can provide

  • Hard copies of all 43 NEC4 documents and associated handbooks in the form of a complete set in two slip cases, or individually.  Please select through SHOP: NEC Documents, and generate your order. We will provide a Tax Invoice and once payment has been received in our Bank Account the documents may be collected from our office between 09:30 and 13:00 or delivered if that option was chosen in your order.
  • Hard copies of all 39 NEC3 documents and associated handbooks in the form of a complete set in two slip cases, or individually. Please select through SHOP: NEC Documents, and generate your order. We will provide a Tax Invoice and once payment has been received in our Bank Account the documents may be collected from our office between 09:30 and 13:00 or delivered if that option was chosen in your order.
The NEC4 series of documents dated June 2017 are an evolutionary development of the NEC3 series with enhanced guide books.  Each main contract now has four Guide Books made up as follows:
  • Volume 1: Establishing a procurement and contract strategy [Common to all contracts]
  • Volume 2: Preparing an xxxxxx contract [Each contract has its own handbook]
  • Volume 3:  Selecting a Supplier [Common to all contracts]
  • Volume 4:  Managing as xxxxxx contract [Each contract has its own handbook]

The range of contracts has been extended to include

  • NEC4 Professional Service Subcontract (PSS),
  • NEC4 Term Service Subcontract (TSS),
  • NEC4 Dispute Resolution Service Contract (DRSC)
    (to replace the NEC3 Adjudicator’s Contract),
  • NEC4 Design Build and Operate Contract (DBOC) and
  • NEC4 Alliance Contract.

Further secondary Options have been added where appropriate to cater for

  • Information modelling
  • Whole Life Cost
  • Early Contractor Involvement
  • Extended the Service Period (in TSC)
  • Accounting periods and
  • Supplier warranties.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE

Andrew Baird

Founder & Chairman

PrEng, CEng, FICE, FSAICE

Mile Sofijanic

Managing Director

PrEng, BSc, AMICE,  AAArb NECReg

Joseph Keogh

Director

BSc, MRICS, AArb

ASSOCIATES

Mahdi Goodarzi

Industrial Eng., MBA, PMP, Accredited NEC3 Professional

 

Elvis Pillay

Quality & Compliance

 

Paul Vester

Capital Projects Commercial Specialist

BSc (Hons) QS, PrQS, PMAQS, IACCM, Green Star AP (New Buildings)

 

David Edwards

Expert Risk and Program Management

 

Dr Antje Berlin

Executive Coaching

BBA (Bus Admin) TU Berlin, Germany,  MA (Journalism) UNC Chapel Hill, USA, PhD (Comms Science) Vienna, Austria

 

Kim Dennill

Project Management and Proposals

BSc (Chemical engineering), PMP, Sasol Executive Development Programme (GIBS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXPERT CONSULTANTS

Peter Higgins

BSc Eng, Civil Engineering, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers

 

Dr Raj Raina

Business Strategy

B.Tech Elec Eng, Strategic Management & Emerging Markets, PhD Strategic Management

 

Dr Ron Watermeyer

BSc Eng, Civil Engineering, DEng

 

Ivan Vos

JBCC & GCC

BSc Eng, Civil Engineering, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers

 

Paul David Cheshire

Oil & Gas

 

Dr Kelvin Kemm

Energy & Business Strategy    

BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD (Nuclear Physics)

 

Harvey Galliard

Insulation, Cladding & Scaffolding

 

Helga Hugo

Legal Expert

B. Comm; LLB 

 

Christian Dumas

Commercial & Contract Specialist

 

Johan Louw

 Fourth Industrial Revolution

BSc Eng Chem (SU) ; Management of Technology (Honours) from Pretoria University.

 

Steven Golding

 Project Advisory and Digitalization 

Pr Eng (Mech)

 

Shirley Mahlase

Organisational Development & Learning 

B.A.Paed, B.Ed, (University of the North), M.Ed (University of Birmigham, UK), Ph.D Sociology of Education (University of Cambridge, UK) 

 

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