How Can U.S. Contractors Work under World Bank Funded Projects?


In today's globalized environment, many U.S. contractors are involved in large-scale projects that are funded in whole or in part by the World Bank. These projects are managed through the Standard Bidding Documents for Procurement of Works (SBDW). The Conditions of Contract included in the SBDW are based extensively on the Conditions of Contract for Construction published by the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC). Most of the U.S. contractors are more familiar with the various series and families of contracts issued by the American Institute of Architects Conditions of Contract (namely the A201) and are less familiar with the FIDIC Conditions of Contract. This paper presents management guidelines for U.S contractors working under World Bank funded projects. The authors highlighted provisions including the role of the World Bank, the responsibilities of the Engineer, commencement, approvals, instructions, delays and extension of time, acceleration, unforeseeable physical conditions, Employer's risks, force majeure, payment provisions, delay damages, claims and dispute resolution. While the current study makes limited reference to the FIDIC Conditions of Contract, the authors will provide under a future research a more detailed and comparative analysis between the SBDW provisions with their respective ones under the FIDICs editions issued in 1987 and 1999.

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Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering 2011, CSCE 2011 (2011: Jun. 14-17, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

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American Institute of Architects; Comparative analysis; Dispute resolution; Extension of time; Force majeure; International federation of consulting engineers; Large-scale projects; Physical conditions; World bank, Civil engineering; Engineers, Contractors

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01 Jun 2011

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