Design, Build, and Operate (DBO) Contract Program

Program: Four-day seminar or training course

FIDIC Conditions of Contract are now the international language in infrastructure projects throughout the
world. The course has been designed to offer a complete and effective understanding on the Design, build
and operate type of contracts.
As design-build becomes an increasingly useful approach, owners often ask, what defines success and how
do I achieve it? This topic explains what achieving success on a design-build project looks like by
understanding how the procurement process sets the essential foundation; the importance of the transition
from procurement to implementation ; and the meaning of best value during delivery..
The design-build obligation which provides a long term commitment by the contractor is intended to ensure
sustainability of projects; Conditions of Contract for DBO Projects provide for award of a single contract to a
single contracting entity (consortium or joint venture) rather than awarding separate contracts for design, build and for operation.
This practical training course or seminar, provided by professional engineers with extensive international
experience, explains and illustrates the use of the FIDIC Conditions of Contract for Design, Build and
Operate Projects (the “DBO Contract”). The course or seminar is designed to help the participants have
confidence in working with these documents whether representing employers, consultants or contractors.

At the end of the course, participants should be able to:
• Understand when and how to use DBO over projects
• Recognize the definition of a successful design-build project.
• Identify key strategies for transition from procurement to design-build delivery.
• Describe what procurement practices will result in successful design-build delivery.
• Define the attributes of a successful design-build project.
• Recognize the differences and provide advice on appropriate contract strategies
• Define the roles and responsibilities of key parties
• Apply important DBO clauses

Who Should Attend?

The courses provide the necessary knowledge for and targets professionals from Government Ministries and
Agencies. Consulting Engineers, Contractors, Quantity Surveyors & Architects, Legal Advisers and all
involved in the implementation and management of Works Contracts.
This course is aimed at providing systematic and practical guidance to anyone engaged in international
projects with a design-build element. It will appeal to:

  • Engineers for governmental entities and ministries.
  •  Employers
  •  Developers
  •  Project sponsors and funders& funding agencies
  •  Engineers
  •  Project managers
  • Lawyers & legal professionals.
  •  Others engaged in design-build and DBO projects
  •  Consulting engineers.
  •  Construction professionals & Contractors.

Course Materials and Certification:

All delegates will be provided the following materials:

  •  FIDIC Conditions of Contract for design, build; and operate 1999 Edition
  •  Schedule of overheads
  •  Participants will receive a course completion certificate from FIDIC

Duration and Timing of the Course:

  •  Duration of the course: 4 working days from 9 AM- 2 PM Schedule of course is as follows:
  •  Technical Session: 9:00:-10.30 am
  •  Coffee Break: 10.30-10.45 am
  •  Technical Session: 10.45-12.45noon
  •  prayer: 12.45-1:00 pm
  • Technical Session 1:00-2:00 pm

Course outline and description

  •  Duration of the course: 4 working days from 9 AM- 2 PM Schedule of course is as follows:
  •  Technical Session: 9:00:-10.30 am
  •  Coffee Break: 10.30-10.45 am
  •  Technical Session: 10.45-12.45noon
  •  prayer: 12.45-1:00 pm
  • Technical Session 1:00-2:00 pm



Introduction and Principles


Introduction to FIDC


Background to FIDIC Contracts


Harmonization based on the Type of Project


Introduction to the DBO Contract


General features of the 1999 Editions and the DBO Contract


Structure of the DBO Contract


When is a DBO type of project delivery used


Advantages of DBO projects


Responsibilities of the Main Parties


General Provisions and General Issues


The Employer


The Contractor


The Dispute Adjudication Board


The Auditing Body


DBO Procedures and Terminology


New procedures and terminology


Structure of the General Conditions


Overview of the General Conditions



The Design-Build Period

Provisions applying during the DB Perid Commencement Date, Completion and Programme Advance Warning

Handback Requirements Extension of Time Testing/Commissioning Completion of DB Commission Certificate


Variations and Adjustments


Right to Vary (during the Design-Build and Operation Service Periods)


Variation Procedure


Provisional Sums


Operation Service Period


Provisions applying during the Operation Service Period


Commencement of Operation Service


Delays and Interruptions


Failure to reach Production Outputs


Completion of Operation Service


Contract Completion Certificate