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Top Down Construction

Top Down Construction Sample Pic

Let’s pause on the Contract Management & FIDIC for a while and “get our hands in dirt”; talk about Top Down Construction Method. The time I have worked in Moscow, I had chance to see/work on a project within top down construction method on site. As per my observations Russian construction industry is well aware of this methodology and it is also known as Hi-Tech Method.

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FIDIC Silver Book & FIDIC Gold Book

FIDIC SIlver Book & FIDIC Gold Book

Within the EPC/Turnkey Based projects FIDIC Silver Book will be your guide.

As my last two projects were EPC based and the last one is PPP (Public-Private Partnership) Infrastructure-Highway project within a multinational joint venture private partnership side on the other hand and if you have in the same kind of project (These days most of the Gulf projects based on PPP) you will see that your project is differentiated between sides of the projects like as below.

PPP —> PVT – Authority —> PVT – EPC Contractor –> EPC Contractor – Subcontractors ( Design & Execution)

That  kind of structures could be really tough as a result of different needs of the parties in the different phases of the project and for this kind of  situations New FIDIC DBO (aka FIDIC Gold Book) could be your solution.

FIDIC DBO Similarities with other FIDIC Contracts

FIDIC DBO adopts the same format of existing FIDIC contracts (RED,Yellow, Silver, White Books) and further retains the style and most of the common definitions, paragraphs and structures that make FIDIC unique.
It’s function is found in clause 9 entitled ‘Design – Build’ which specially provides for necessary elements to administrate the design and build component.
New definitions specific to DBO projects have been included in the new form.
As an example; the definition of the ‘License Agreement’ to regulate the operation component of the agreement and corresponding authority of the Contractor. Another noteworthy definition is that of ‘Cost plus Profit’, although FIDIC provides for such a definition, we suspect that in its practical application, we would define parties amending such definitions to account for project specific definitions and exhaustive itemisation of the costs component to avoid doubt or miscommunication deficiencies.  Read More

FIDIC Red Book

Red Book

After a short break, lets continue with the FIDIC Guidelines. I got mails requesting the rainbow books for share.

Newbies of FIDIC, for a general overview please refer my previous post titled; FIDIC.

Our first Book is FIDIC Red Book, Conditions of Contract for Construction for Building and Engineering Works Designed by the Employer.

Below you can read FIDIC Red Book full version’s copy.

You can also buy FIDIC Red Book directly from FIDIC web site Read More

Engineering Highlights from the London Olympics

London Olympic Stadium

Olympic Games 2012 – London ended yesterday after the closing ceremony. There were many discussions on medals, countries, etc.

But another issue was the engineering highlights from the London Olympics and of course the civil engineering side of the games; Phases through design, plan & built, how they will manage, what is the plans after all.

I noticed an article on the “Scientific American” web site that tries to summarize London Olympic Games Buildings. As they mentioned within the slideshow, I want to repeat the question; “hosting the Olympic Games changes a city–even a metropolis as big and ancient as London”
My answer is yes it will change for London.

Finally, as a citizen of a long runner Olympic Games Host Nominee country we should have our lessons learned from London Olympics on our behalf. About 10 years ago we built an Olympic Stadium in Istanbul – Turkey but as a result of many mistakes(engineering[wind control], location, transportation, etc.) it is still idle after some disappointing efforts.

For A Tour of Engineering Highlights from the London Olympics [Slide Show] please click here.


FIDIC's Logo

As it is mentioned in the title of the Blog I am a civil engineer and working for International Construction Project Management Firm. As a result of this FIDIC is one of my topics that needed to be worked/ studied on.
I created a FIDIC starter guide who wants to learn general information about FIDIC on the Q-A (Questions and Answers) basis.

What is FIDIC?
FIDIC is the acronym for International Federation of Consulting Engineers and as it is exactly written in French; “Fédération Internationale Des Ingénieurs-Conseils”

or about sservices and historical backgound of FIDIC, refer Wikipedia page.

Who are the FIDIC Members?
Its members are national associations of consulting engineers.
All contracts contain risks for Contracting Authorities/ Employers and Contractors – There is no risk-free contract and FIDIC attempts to rationalize and allocate responsibilities for main risks.
A key requirement is for the Contract Parties to fully understand the FIDIC General and Particular Conditions of Contract that set out their Responsibilities and Risks within a Project
Every risk given to the other party has its cost, no Party assumes a risk for free. Read More

Nuclear Energy in Turkey and The First Nuclear Power Plant

Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant Photo of 3D Modelling

Brief History of Nuclear Energy in Turkey,

For decades Turkey is planning to construct a nuclear station. And whenever government decides to work on the nuclear power plant plans first NGO’s than public reacted so strict. That I call it Turkey’s Game on Nuclear Energy

Besides, Chernobyl Accident in 1986 affected Turkey seriously especially north east parts that corps, people even unborn have effects of radioactivity. Cancer ratios climb like crazy, etc… I think that is the main subject why Turks are not pleased about nuclear power plant idea.

As a result, whenever it has been started to talked about nuclear power plant lots of debates has been held on TV’s, newspapers, etc. and government could not able to approve any Nuclear Power Plant Projects.

Turkey’s first Nuclear Power Plant; Akkuyu – Mersin NPP Read More

Civil Engineer Career Path

Most of the new graduates have the same question in their mind about their career path as a civil engineer; “Which way is the best for my career “and of course “how I can plan my career path”.

On my side there are a lot of ways and branches for creating or determining your path also former step will affect your next step and “what is your goal”. The two main discussions are also engaging with each other.

As an example if you want to go on with the Academic career you should make strong grades and of course GPA. Your grades will affect universities decision for Masters or PhD as well as scores of GRE (for US) or ALES (for Turkey), etc.

Some days ago I have noticed that American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Committee on Career Development created a book or brochure about career paths in Civil Engineering which has classified on the sectors as Government, Education, consulting, Industry and Construction, like a career path guide for civil engineers

Here, seek out the career path that best fits your goals and will be most satisfying to you. Read More