PCI Publications

PCI Publications

AN OVERVIEW OF COLLABORATIVE CONTRACTING

In this paper Jim Ross, Jim Dingwall and Dr Holly Dinh draw on their experience with complex procurements around the globe, with special focus on collaborative contracting in Australia, and explore four interrelated ‘dimensions’ that influence how people behave in contractual relationships.

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D&C WITHOUT TEARS:
SMART COLLABORATION IN RISK-TRANSFER CONTRACTS

In this paper, PCI draws on their experience and a real case study to explain how parties to a risk-transfer or “hard money” contract can cooperate effectively even though their enterprise encounters challenges which will cause one party to ‘win’ at the other’s expense. This paper outlines a range of measures to establish and maintain an environment of ‘smart collaboration’ in such agreements. If such collaboration can be achieved then risk-transfer without tears is a possibility.

INTRODUCTION TO PROJECT ALLIANCING

This is the final update in the legendary suite of papers by Jim Ross. Those papers set out to explain what project alliancing is and how it works in practice, give insights into the factors that drive the kind of success that has been achieved on alliance projects and dispel some of the more common myths about project alliancing.

ECI: A PRACTICAL OVERVIEW

Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) has gained momentum since its first Australian application in Queensland in 2005 and it is clear from discussions with industry participants that this form of contract demonstrates the continued influence of collaboration on infrastructure delivery models. This article shares the experience of ECI pioneers in Australia, the Queensland Department of Transport and MainRoads (TMR), as well as insights from PCI Founder, Jim Ross (one of the ‘fathers’ of alliancing and collaboration).

HOW COLLABORATIVE CONTRACTING CAN TRANSFORM IT PROJECTS

Research by Oxford University shows that large projects often overshoot their budgets – particularly in the world of IT.  A deeper examination of these projects shows that, in most cases, a large part of the problem is that the objectives of the contracting parties do not line up, creating perverse incentives that limit contract performance.  In this paper, PCI unpacks how collaborative contracts can offer a solution to this problem by aligning the commercial interests of the parties and creating the conditions for improved performance.

ALLIANCING - THE ULTIMATE IN COLLABORATIVE CONTRACTING

Many forms of contract constrain collaboration between buyer and seller because they enshrine a win/lose relationship rather than aligning the parties’ interests.  This short article outlines the principles that enable true collaboration in contractual relationships, focusing on alliancing as the ultimate form of collaborative contracts.

EMBRACING COLLABORATIVE CONTRACTING
IN RESOURCE PROJECTS

The purpose this article is to challenge the traditional contracting models that have been used to deliver many of the major Australian resources projects over the past two decades, of which most have experienced significant cost overruns, schedule overruns or quality, ramp-up or on-going operability issues.  This article contends that the major project landscape within the Australian resources industry is ripe for ‘disruption’ but that will require a paradigm shift by project owners and contractors in their attitude and approach to the allocation of risk and reward.

FROM D&C TO ALLIANCING - KEYS TO EFFECTIVE COLLABORATION

This short article outlines the principles to true collaboration in contractual relationships, from collaborative D&Cs to alliancing that are required for collaborative contracts to succeed.

GAINSHARE PAINSHARE REGIME GUIDANCE
PAPER WITH SAMPLE MODEL DRAFTING

Practical guidance with worked examples on how to design and document a simple and effective Gainshare/Painshare regime for an alliance.

NATIONAL ALLIANCE CONTRACTING GUIDELINES

The Australian Government’s National Alliance Contracting Guidelines that provide consistent practice guidance on alliance contracting to public sector agencies that develop and own infrastructure projects.

ALLIANCING FAD OR FIXTURE?

Written for Leighton Magazine, this article considered if the early enthusiasm for alliancing in Australia was a just a fad at that time or if it genuinely reflected the power of an alliance model to deliver value for money.