CPD Talk Emphasises the Value of Dispute Boards for Construction Projects in the UAE

The following guest blog was written by Suzanne Hunter, Membership Relations Manager and organizer of CPD events at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).


We were pleased to have Andy Hewitt present a talk on dispute boards to members of the RICS at our latest CPD evening, held in Abu Dhabi on 27th April 2015.

Andy’s talk focused on the added value that dispute boards can bring to construction projects in the UAE and focused on areas such as:

  • What a dispute board is
  • How dispute boards are convened
  • The responsibilities of an effective dispute board
  • The key elements of an effective dispute board
  • Cost of dispute boards
  • The perceived barriers to dispute boards and explanations on why, in reality, such barriers do not exist
  • How dispute boards prevent disputes

There was strong interest in this session and we had over 80 people attend.

We also receive great feedback from those who attended who said that the topic was relevant and the presentation was informative, interactive and well delivered.

We look forward to welcoming Andy back to deliver future CPD talks for the RICS.


More on CPD at the RICS

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a commitment by members to continually update their skills and knowledge in order to remain professionally competent. All RICS members must undertake and record online a minimum of 20 hours of CPD activity each calendar year.

CPD activities must be completed by 31 December and then recorded online by 31 January. Here in the UAE, we tend to hold CPD seminars every 2-3 weeks depending on the time of year. During the summer months and Ramadan we scale back a little and then step things up towards the end of the year when members need to get their CPD hours in.

For more information please visit the RICS website.


Please email hello@disputeboardsmena.com for a copy of the presentation.