We have a situation under the NEC ECC3 option C contract whereby we are encountering a large number of physical conditions that are deemed a CE under 60.1 (12) after considering 60.2.
In a large quantity of these events the time taken is 2 - 4 hours which will not have an impact on the programme as it is programmed in days rather than hours (this is Accepted by the PM). The PM is interpreting clause 62.2 as a reason to imply that if there is no change to the programme then there cannot be an increase to Defined Cost.
As I understand 62.2, we only need to include a programme when alterations to the Accepted Programme has occurred, which on many occasions this is not the case. Also, I do not see anything in 63.1 that states the actual or forecasted impact of Defined Cost is to be measured on changes to the Accepted Programme. Furthermore, my understanding of clause 31.1 and in particular the second to last bullet point is that we only have to provide a statement of Equipment and other resources that are to be used for each operation and not necessarily the quantity of hours for each individual resource.
Is the PM correct in his assertion that we must show an alteration to the Accepted Programme to justify an increase in Defined Cost for People and other resources?