Contract administration plays a key role in a building surveyor’s success

//Contract administration plays a key role in a building surveyor’s success

Contract administration plays a key role in a building surveyor’s success


“Contract administration is one of the most important roles in the construction industry. It is critical to resolving disputes, maintaining progress on deliverables and ensuring effective communication. Administering contracts keep the project moving,” said New Zealand Institute of Building Surveyors (NZIBS) accredited trainer, David Clifton.

David is a Course Lecturer for the Contract Administration core module.

David emigrated to New Zealand from the UK with an Honours degree in Building Surveying in 2007. He has since worked in various roles, including the assessment of buildings, detailed design and expert witness roles, contract and project management on small and large-scale projects, and the review of assets condition.

David also started the CBRE Building Consultancy Business line and Home Buyers Report Limited.

His work with the Institute’s Contract Administration core module combines extensive knowledge and practical experience with a good grasp of the theory.

“This course is very useful for anyone in the construction side of building surveying who is dealing with contract situations.

“The aim of the course is for participants to understand the history of contracts, what makes up the fundamentals of a contract, and how contracts are required to keep parties working together in a productive manner.”

The course lays the foundations for members to understand their responsibility to contracting parties, and to set them up for their future practice.

“Unfortunately, contract law and its principles can be a dry subject. So, with my practical experience of difficult contract situations, I have plenty of real-life anecdotes to share.

“Construction is an industry that is continuing to develop, and we strive to develop along with it and listen to what the industry is saying.

“The course will provide really important baseline information for building surveyors. We enjoy running this course and want to continue it for many years.”