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Hello again Femi,

Eid Mubarak. Is there any software or method on how to price preliminaries during tender period? And how to calculate  & determine preliminaries item applicable due to EOT?

Thank you in advance.

Dear Reggie,

Trust you are doing well.

Unfortunately, there is no separate software for pricing preliminaries apart from the usual estimating software that for pricing all construction works. The work of these software are based upon the data imputed to them which consist of a library of all items - in the case of estimating preliminaries, it will be library of preliminary items and then that of cost data base that relates to them and then, from the cost data history, you can then, estimate and pricing your preliminaries items.

For Preliminaries items applicable to EOT, it would only be a time-related preliminaries items and no other. In a broader view, there may be some other consequential claims that are being triggered by the EoT aside from the ones that may be covered by prolongation cost which could either be actual or based upon the contract preliminaries cost being apportioned to the time-related cost of preliminaries over the EOT.

Summarily, the preliminaries related to EOT are time-related preliminaries. The following could be few of them: Scaffolding, watching and lighting, insurance and bonds...etc.

Hope this is ok?


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Femi Alofe


I can answer all questions relating to the followings: 1. Contract Administration - variations, contract clauses interpretation, all post contract procedures, valuations and certificates questions, extension of time issues and prolongation cost matters. 2. Contract Practice - Any questions regarding forms of contract like JCT, FIDIC & other Bespoke forms. 3. Quantification, measurements and Estimating questions 4. Contracts and construction law questions and dispute resolutions problems. 5. All FIDIC Conditions of contracts


Out of my 24 years experience in construction industry, i have the following specific experience: 1. Contract Administration - 15 years in contract administration with over 10yrs in Managerial positions covering africa and the middleeast. 2. Contract Practice - 15 years experience with over 10yrs in Managerial and expert positions covering africa, north america and the middleeast. 3. All pre-contract procedures, Tendering, Quantification, measurements and Estimating questions - 20 years experience. 4. Contracts and construction law questions and dispute resolutions problems - 15 years experience with over 10yrs in Managerial and expert positions and 5 years expert witness and active practice in arbitration proceedings covering africa and the middleeast.

1. FAIQS - Fellow, Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Australia 2. FRICS - Fellow, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, UK 3. CCP - Certified Cost Professional AACEI, USA 4. PQS - CIQS, CANADA 5. ACIArb. - CIArb, UK 6. MNIQS - NIQS, NIGERIA 7. RQS - QSRBN, NIGERIA

1. AACEI RP on Estimating, 2010

1. B.Tech (QS) 2. RICS professional course, CEM - UK 3. MSc , UK NARIC 4. Professional Doctorate ( to commence 2016)

Past/Present Clients
1. Larsen & Toubro Ltd, Dubai UAE 2. Larsen & Toubro (oman) LLC 3. Archi + Web consortium, Abuja Nigeria 4. George Dike & Associates, Minna Nigeria 5. Public works Authority (Ashghal), Doha Qatar

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