Month: May 2018

FIDIC launches an updated suite of Construction Contracts

FIDIC

The use of FIDIC Construction Contracts when managing major projects and resolving disputes has driven the need for changes which are aimed at improving contracting practices across the globe.

It is fair to say that the changes introduced in the new suite of contracts are significant. The revisions are intended to reflect current best practice and bring greater clarity to the contracts leading to fewer disputes and more successful projects. The Second Editions of the FIDIC Red Book (Construction Contract), Yellow Book (Plant and Design-Build Contract) and Silver Book (Engineering, Procurement & Construction/Turnkey Contract) constitute updates of the former editions from 1999 and provide more prescriptive provisions with greater transparency and step-by-step requirements.

In an effort to have clarity on the way these developments effect both the local and foreign market, at this month’s ThinkTank event, QP listened to Dr Antoine Cremona and Dr Anselmo Mifsud Bonnici from Ganado Advocates who gave a presentation on the vast topic with the aim of better understanding the importance of these Standards.

The endless possibilities of light and digital signage

Technology has redefined the process of architectural lighting design. The change is substantial on two fronts: the actual light source itself, and the tools with which designers and engineers create and develop their work. Every aspect of lighting has been affected by the move to digital technologies and digital light. While these advances offer new opportunities in project execution, they also present their own challenges, such as added costs and increased client expectations.

Digital signage also plays a vital role in the transformation of a project providing an experience in today’s communication concept.  This transformation directly effects the way in which a project is perceived and envisaged.

To keep abreast of these developments, QP chose these technologies as its focus for this month’s ThinkTank.  The event was attended by members of the Building Services, Architecture and Interior Design disciplines who got to engage with the experts in the field.  This event was hosted in collaboration with Doublesin & Zammit and Brighter Solutions Ltd.