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Alliancing practice takes off to new heights

Government agencies and engineering practices are invited to seek new heights in value for money infrastructure delivery through a national program of alliancing seminar workshops. Not-for-profit membership organisation, the Alliancing Association of Australasia (AAA), is hosting the infrastructure industry’s first alliancing workshop program collaboratively presented by industry leaders in May 2010 in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

AAA executive director Alain Mignot said highly regarded experts from alliancing consultancies will facilitate the workshops, including Alchimie, Evans & Peck, JMW Consultants and PCI Alliance Services. “Our association has developed the interactive workshops with the help of alliancing experts to include topics suitable for new or seasoned practitioners,” Mignot said.

The first series will be presented on 10 May and 11-12 May in Melbourne; 26-27 May in Sydney; and 2-3 June in Brisbane. One- and two-day sessions cover introductory level awareness, procurement strategies and selection, building the team and contractual and commercial agreements.

Mignot said alliances are successfully delivering complex and risky projects to serve our communities, particularly infrastructure initiatives requiring a high level of flexibility in dense, urban environments. “Australasia has emerged over the past decade as the world-leader in alliancing practice to deliver infrastructure projects,” he said.

“One of the keys to our success is having capable professionals who understand how to work with this methodology. These unique workshops will help organisations continue their invaluable role in preparing, bidding and delivering these large and rewarding projects.

“Interactive discussion is a hallmark of AAA events, we offer a ‘club’ atmosphere for real sharing to unlock breakthrough thinking and understanding of the issues and opportunities that lie ahead of us,” he said.

More than 324 project and program alliances, ECI and hybrid collaborative contracts have been undertaken by the public and private sector in Australia and New Zealand since 1996 – more than anywhere else in the world.

The Alliancing Association of Australasia (AAA) is a not-for-profit, independent, cross-sector initiative connecting the infrastructure industry to create better projects.

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