Applying early contractor involvement in marine infrastructure procurement

Complex construction projects that use traditional procurement practices are often impacted by significant cost overruns and delays.


Early contractor involvement (ECI) is a concept that strives to involve the contractor collaboratively at an early stage of a project’s development to mitigate or otherwise eliminate those risks.

In August 2022, PIANC published the report “A framework for early contractor involvement in infrastructure projects” to help industry practitioners in choosing and best implementing ECI.

This IADC article is intended to develop on key aspects of the PIANC report and look at the factors that can lead to a successful maritime ECI project.

The article will be of interest to those involved in the contractual aspects of marine infrastructure projects, tenders and contracts, working as a lawyer, contracts manager or administrator, or project manager.

Authors: David Kinlan (KINLAN CONSULTING PTY LTD) and Kenneth Willems (Vuentica)