The relaunch of FIDIC’s revitalized committee structure last year means that FIDIC is now much better placed to make a positive impact on and widen its influence in the global infrastructure industry. To highlight some of the key areas being covered by the work of these committees, a series of nine webinars has been organised across a range of industry key issues including communications, diversity and inclusion, the use of FIDIC contracts in emerging countries, combating corruption, quality, net-zero and best business practice in a post-Covid world. These webinars are free to attend and open to all and they are expected to be well attended by global industry professionals. Details of the FIDIC committee webinar series are listed below.
Bridging the Gaps – Improving communications with FIDIC member associations
Tuesday 26 January 2021 – 12.00 to 13.30 CET
A webinar organised by the FIDIC Membership Committee
This webinar will provide an opportunity for member associations (MAs) to discuss how FIDIC can improve the effectiveness of its communications and engagement with members to ensure that MAs feel better connected to FIDIC and that FIDIC is able to get its message across to MAs’ member firms thereby increasing the effectiveness and visibility of FIDIC in the global industry. The webinar will look at examples where members have benefited from FIDIC’s help in promoting events and initiatives to a wider global audience and where collective working globally has led to successes. This webinar should be well worth attending to find out more about how FIDIC can work together with its MAs to be more effective.
Improving diversity and inclusion in the engineering industry
Tuesday 9 February 2021 – 12.00 to 13.30 CET
A webinar organised by the FIDIC Diversity and Inclusion Committee
This webinar will look at the crucial importance of diversity in all its forms in the global engineering and construction industry and why a commitment to better diversity and inclusion in the sector is a key to business success. The webinar will examine how inclusive the industry is in 2021 and what needs to be done to achieve a more diverse industry in the future. The webinar will look at good and best practice in this area and start a global discussion on this crucial issue for the industry – an issue which needs to be effectively addressed if the industry is to attract and promote the leaders of the future.
Improving the capacity of clients in emerging countries on FIDIC contract management
Tuesday 23 February 2021 – 12.00 to 13.30 CET
A webinar organised by the FIDIC Capacity Building Committee
This webinar will look at how we can enhance and improve the capacity of clients and employers in emerging countries on FIDIC contract management. FIDIC’s popular suite of contracts are used by hundreds of clients around the world and – given the endorsement for these contracts from the multilateral development banks – these contracts are increasingly used by emerging countries in the developing world. This webinar will explore the support available to clients unused to working with FIDIC contracts and will look at the benefits of using them on global construction and infrastructure contracts.
Combating corruption in the engineering and construction sector
Tuesday 23 March 2021 – 12.00 to 13.30 CET
A webinar organised by the FIDIC Integrity Management Committee
This webinar will look at the global fight against corruption in the engineering and construction sector and how organisations and companies are working together to prevent it. Building on the successful webinar help on this issue at the end of 2020, this event will highlight the internationally recognised standards and guidelines that contribute to improved transparency and integrity in infrastructure project delivery and look at the concrete steps that companies working in the infrastructure sector can take to combat the threat of corruption. The webinar will also highlight how FIDIC is working with its 100+ member associations around the world and with key international organisations to facilitate the global exchange of experience and knowledge on transparency and accountability in public infrastructure.
Developing a commitment to quality in construction projects
Tuesday 6 April 2021 – 12.00 to 13.30 CET
A webinar organised by the FIDIC Risk, Liability and Quality Committee
This webinar will look at the central importance of a commitment to quality on construction projects. All stakeholders on a project, including the investor, government, clients, contractors, suppliers, consultants and operators, have a responsibility for ensuring quality. It requires a team effort, with all parties committed to achieving quality and excellence in all that they do. FIDIC has long advocated for quality in the consulting engineering industry and defines quality as all the key attributes of professional services including skill, experience, innovation, integrity, sustainability and best business practice. This webinar will look at quality in the infrastructure life cycle, quality as a risk management strategy in construction projects, the key success factors for achieving a quality culture in engineering consultancies, and how FIDIC contracts address the issue of quality and how best to achieve it.
All you need to know about the FIDIC Short Form of Contract (Green Book) 2nd Edition
Tuesday 20 April 2021 – 12.00 to 13.30 CET
A webinar organised by the FIDIC Contracts Committee
This webinar will take a look at the important features of the new FIDIC Short Form of Contract (Green Book) 2nd Edition through the contributions from various players who use it in order to encourage a live debate with people with different views. Speakers will include FIDIC task group members involved in the development of the Green Book, representatives from the multilateral development banks, a contractor and a lawyer to get the widest possible discussion on the benefits of using this contract.
A webinar organised by the FIDIC International Financial Institutions Committee
Tuesday 4 May 2021 – 12.00 to 13.30 CET
Best business practices in a post-Covid world
Tuesday 1 June 2021 – 12.00 to 13.30 CET
A webinar organised by the Business Practise Committee
This webinar will look at the results of the committee’s recent work investigating the response of the industry to the Covid pandemic. This work included a survey to better understand the new and evolved challenges faced by consulting engineering firms in their internal environment with respect to their staff, facilities, and best practice corrective actions. Firms globally have had to adapt to the changed business and workplace environment caused as a result of the pandemic and the ongoing efforts to keep it at bay and this webinar will offer insights into best practice in the post-Covid world that all those working in the construction and infrastructure sector are having to get used to.
The role of the infrastructure industry in achieving a net zero world
Tuesday 15 June 2021 – 12.00 to 13.30 CET
A webinar organised by the FIDIC Sustainable Development Committee
This webinar will look at the pivotal role of the infrastructure industry in achieving a net zero world. It is clear that without drastic international action today, adapting to the impacts of climate change in the future will be more difficult and costly. The construction and infrastructure sector has a crucial role to play in the fight against climate change and without its active engagement, the battle cannot be won. Internationally, where less wealthy nations will need extra help and innovation to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels, the ingenuity and expertise of construction professionals will be pivotal. As the world approaches the international COP26 conference, this webinar will look at the international battle to combat climate change and the crucial role of the construction and infrastructure sector in that.