The State of Alliancing—Alain Mignot
AAA: Focus on State of Alliancing and 2011 Highlights
Collaborative contracting is alive and well, adapting to meet the changing policy landscape while continuing to tackle project complexity through relationship skill and enhanced productivity. Public sector agency representatives are actively applying and developing the principles of collaborative contracting and shared their perspectives with local and overseas peers at the Alliancing Association of Australasia’s (AAA’s) 2011 national convention in Brisbane in October 2011. Alliancing practitioners related their experiences over the past twelve months in applying alliancing to meet the challenges of delivering difficult infrastructure projects, including in disaster-torn communities in Christchurch and Queensland.
Authors: Alain Mignot, Frances Walker
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Project alliancing: Queensland Main Roads
Queensland’s Department of Main Roads has considerable experience with alliancing. The organisation has used the approach for more than a decade under the guidance of the Major Projects Office’s general manager Derek Skinner, who says alliancing is used where appropriate for a major project to provide the potential to progressively wind up the project as the issues are settled and the Total Outturn Cost (TOC) is signed off.
Alliancing benefits and challenges in infrastructure projects
Alliance contracting offers an unprecedented way to create a strong synergy between partners to deliver a project too complex for traditional ‘hard dollar’ procurement and delivery methods. It brings together several organisations including the client, such as a government infrastructure agency or utility; and non-owner participants such as a civil engineering firm and a constructor, as well as technical specialists as required.
Alliancing trends towards Early Contractor Involvement
More than 12 years of alliance contracting in Australasia’s public infrastructure sector has yielded a range of relationship-based models to successfully deliver projects. The Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) contracting methodology in Australia is a unique form of collaborative contracting, inspired by the UK’s Highways Agency. ECI contracting has rapidly gained popularity since Queensland’s Department of […]