Mastering GCC 2015 (3rd Edition)

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About the course:

This Online Live Course will cover the GCC 2015 contract as well as the new GCC Subcontract and provide an overview of the new Simplified Form of the GCC, describing how the Subcontract relates to the main contract and what the Simplified Form leaves out.

The pros & cons of this SAICE suite will be weighed and considered with the participating learners to provide a critical appreciation of the forms.

SAICE®, the South African Institution of Civil Engineers, is the author of the CIDB, Construction Industries Development Board, approved GCC 2015 (General Condition of Contract for Civil Engineering Works 3rd Edition).

Why should an individual attend?

The use of GCC forms of contract, published by SAICE, are still commonplace, especially for civil work (e.g. for the construction of roads, bridges, aqueducts etc.). Whilst prepared in the original fashion (i.e. with the employer taking responsibility for the design of the works and the work being carried out on a re-measurable basis) these contracts are adaptable and the aforementioned contractual arrangement may vary. Poor contract administration and management is the number one cause for disputes. It has, therefore, become essential for users of GCC contracts to gain a thorough understanding of its terms in order that they avoid making mistakes when administering the contract. This, even more so, in the time of COVID-19 which has resulted in many projects being delayed, thus triggering a multitude of claims. This course will not only enhance your understanding of the contract, in general, it will also be of much benefit to those who are considering submitting EOT and additional cost claims or to those who stand at the receiving end of claims.

 Course Objectives

Providing learners with essential knowledge and practical tips on how to procure, administer and manage the GCC 2015 contract. Become more proficient in your role as the employer’s representative.

Benefits of attending the course:

Become a master at procuring, administering or managing GCC forms of contracts. Gain practical knowledge and know-how that will ensure that common mistakes are avoided.

What Will I Learn?

  • Learn how the prepare the various contract documents that make up the contract
  • Understand the role and function of the Employer’s Representative
  • Understand the provisions relating to the giving of instructions, notices etc.
  • Get to grips with all the requirements relating to the preparation and revision do the program
  • Deal effectively with variations
  • Understand when claims may be brought and the procedures applicable to the notification and submission of claims
  • How to deal with defective work and understand the certification process leading up to the taking-over of the works
  • Understand the payment provisions as well as how to quantify the value of work executed using the Bill of Quantities or Schedule of Payments
  • Learn how to deal with and to notify disputes
  • Understand the grounds for and procedures applicable to the termination of the contract

Session 1 – Introduction to the GCC family of Contracts

  • The similarities and differences between the various GCC contracts (i.e. GCC Main Contract, Subcontract, Simplified Form and Short form of Contract) will be highlighted and demonstrated. Criteria to consider when selecting the appropriate contract type will be highlighted.

Session 2 – Putting the contract together

  • The correct way in which to draft, prepare and/or to complete the various documents forming the contract will be discussed and demonstrated. The preparation and use of the program will also be highlighted.

Session 3 – Role of the Employer’s Agent in administering the contract

  • An in-depth look will be taken of role and responsibilities of the Employer’s Agent, as well as the Employer’s Agent’s Representative including the making of determinations, issuing of certificates, issuing of instructions etc.

Session 4 – Preparation and use of the Programme

  • The provisions of the contract relating to the preparation  and revision of the Contractor’s progamme will be discussed

Session 5 – Payment provisions

  • The procedure to follow in order to submit applications for interim and final payments, the applicable payment procedures and payment terms will be discussed.

 Session 6 – Variations

  • The reason for and extent of variations that may be ordered will be discussed as well as the procedures to follow in order to deal with the time and cost implications of variations. The clauses applicable to the valuation of work that has been executed due to variations will be investigated.

Session 7 – Contractor’s claims for a revision of the Due Completion Date and/or for the payment of additional Cost.

  • The procedures relating to notification and submission of claims for additional time and cost will be discussed. Attention will be given to reasons for the prevalence and high incidence of claims and how, possibly, to avoid disputes about claims from arising. The manner in which claims must be quantified and the use and value of contemporary and other records will be discussed. Issues relevant to claims (e.g. current delays, the Delay and Disruption Protocol, various Heads of claims etc) will be touched upon. The events giving the Contractor a right to claim, including delays attributable to the employer, excepted risks etc will be discussed in detail. 
  • Attention will be given to claims that may arise due to COVID-19, lockdown etc.
  • This session aims at providing learners with tips and guidance on how to prepare and to submit claims correctly, thereby reducing the risk of claims being rejected or dismissed.  How the Employer’s Agent must respond to, treat and assess claims submitted by contractors will also be discussed.

Session 8 – Quality control

  • Provisions relating to quality control, defective workmanship, liability for errors in the design, tests, taking-over of the Works etc. will be discussed.

Session 9 – Termination & Dispute resolution and claims

  • The grounds for termination as well as termination procedures will be discussed. The dispute resolution mechanisms and forums responsible for the hearing and resolution of disputes will also be covered during this session.

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Coenraad Snyman

Freelance Trainer

Coenraad Snyman is a seasoned lawyer, international trainer, consultant and strategist in the areas of Contract Drafting, Management and Administration; Procurement; Building; Engineering; Construction; Oil & Gas; EPC, EPCIC and EPCM contracts (including both FIDIC [1999 and 2017 editions] and NEC3/4 forms of contract).


Mr. Snyman is a trusted advisor to many blue-chip clients including Anglo American, Anglo Platinum, Anglo Gold Ashanti, AUSENCO, HATCH, SNC-Lavalin Group INC, AECOM, FLUOR Corporation, Mea Aqua Africa (Pty) Ltd, ACTOM, Turner & Townsend, Proplan Consulting Engineers, Proxa, HKA, Hill International and various construction companies including Group 5 Structured Engineering and Stefanutti Stocks, ACSA, Transnet, ESKOM, UAE’s Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MOID), the Government of the Maldives; the Sultanate of Brunei; the Sultanate of Oman and the Government of South Africa.


Currently Mr. Snyman is the owner and CEO of Coen Snyman International; Head of Training and Partner at Consultant’s House (based in Dubai, UAE). Previous positions included the Director and Head of Contract Services (Africa) at Turner & Townsend (Pty) Ltd; Senior Contract Specialist at Anglo Gold Ashanti and Head of Training at HKA (for Africa, the Middle East, KSA and Asia).

Mr. Snyman is an affiliate member of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC), a member of the IACCM and an admitted attorney in the High Courts of South Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho.

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Material Includes

  • Live Accredited Webinar Course
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2 ECSA CPD Point from ECSA
  • Course handout and material
  • Recordings of Live sessions for review
  • 6 Month access to recordings
  • 6 Month access to resources

Target Audience

  • Contractors
  • Subcontractors
  • Engineers
  • Consultants
  • Quantity Surveyors
  • Lawyers
  • Advocates
  • Architects
  • Landscape Architects
  • Project Managers
  • Technologists
  • Construction Health and Safety Agents and Officers
  • Arbitrators
  • Mediators
  • Legislators
  • Procurement Sales and Financial and anyone else with in interest in construction contracts or the built environment is welcome and will certainly benefit from attending this accredited training webinar.