Untangling the Web of Variances: How NEC4 Clause 60 Benefits from Worklog Categorisation

June 21, 2024
 Learn how to use Gather's Record Management System to align your Shift Record with Clause 60.1 of NEC4.

In the world of project management, deviations from the plan – variances – are inevitable. 

While some may be minor and manageable, others can have a significant impact on project timelines and budgets. This is especially true for projects governed by NEC4 contracts, where Compensation Events (CEs) play a crucial role in ensuring fair compensation for unforeseen circumstances [Clause 60, NEC4 Contract].

Our previous blog post explored the power of Worklog Variance Categorisation and its numerous benefits for project management in general. Now, let's delve deeper and see how this feature specifically strengthens compliance with NEC4 contracts, particularly in relation to Clause 60.

Clause 60: A Balancing Act

Clause 60 outlines the process for identifying, notifying, and claiming compensation for CEs. However, establishing entitlement to compensation requires clear justification that the event falls outside the original scope of work. This can be a complex task, often leading to disputes and delays.

Worklog Categorisation to the Rescue

Here's where Worklog Variance Categorisation steps in, acting as a powerful tool for navigating the complexities of Clause 60:

  • Structured Variance Capture: Pre-defined categories within the Worklog interface guide users in capturing variances in a structured way. This makes it easier to identify potential CEs that align with specific triggers outlined in Clause 60.1(1), such as changes in physical conditions or unforeseeable ground conditions.
  • Clear Causation: By selecting a relevant category, the feature helps link variances to specific causes. This strengthens the contractor's position when claiming compensation by establishing a clear connection between the variance and a qualifying CE under NEC4.
  • Improved Early Warnings: Timely identification of potential CEs through categorisation allows for the issuance of Early Warnings as per Clause 61. This facilitates proactive discussions with the project manager, minimising the risk of disputes later in the project.

Benefits for NEC4 Projects:

  • Faster CE Processing: Structured variance data facilitates faster and more efficient evaluation of potential CEs. This minimises delays in claims processing and ensures timely resolution of contractual issues.
  • Reduced Disputes: Clear categorisation and documentation of variances strengthen the contractor's position when claiming compensation for legitimate CEs. This reduces the likelihood of disputes arising from unclear justifications for deviations from the plan.
  • Improved Project Certainty: By facilitating proactive CE identification and management, Worklog Categorisation contributes to a more predictable project environment. This benefits both client and contractor by minimising cost overruns and schedule delays.

Beyond the Technical: Building Trust

Worklog Variance Categorisation goes beyond just streamlining processes and ensuring compliance. It fosters a culture of transparency and accountability within NEC4 projects. By enabling clear communication of variances and their causes, the feature strengthens trust between project teams, clients, and contractors.

A Win-Win for All Stakeholders

By implementing Worklog Variance Categorisation, project teams working under NEC4 contracts can navigate the complexities of Clause 60 with greater confidence. It empowers them to identify potential CEs efficiently, communicate effectively, and ultimately achieve successful project outcomes for all stakeholders.

The benefits of Worklog Variance Categorisation extend beyond just NEC4 projects.  This structured approach within your Record Management System can be applied to any project framework, empowering teams to gain deeper insights into project execution, improve communication transparency, and ultimately, achieve greater project success.  So, regardless of your contractual framework, consider embracing Worklog Variance Categorisation and unlock its potential to transform your project management approach.

How does this work in Gather?

Worklog Variance Categorisation streamlines the process of capturing and analysing deviations from planned work in Gather. It introduces a new field, "Variance Category," within the Worklog interface. This field appears only when the actual quantity completed differs from the planned quantity. Users can then select a pre-defined category from a dropdown menu to explain the reason for the variance. This new functionality complements the existing free-text field that remains available for detailed anecdotal explanations.

By integrating this feature, Gather enhances its ability to support precise and transparent project management, making it an invaluable tool for teams operating under NEC4 contracts or any other project management framework.

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Untangling the Web of Variances: How NEC4 Clause 60 Benefits from Worklog Categorisation

Will Doyle


I am an experienced RICS chartered Quantity Surveyor​ with first-hand experience of how the consistent capture and analysis of data can transform global project delivery.

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