NEC3 ECC Option B Assessing Traffic Management CE's

I’m fairly new to my role working for an employer and I’m trying to fathom how to correctly assess traffic management compensation events correcty under the NEC3 ECC Option B contract. I understand the SSCC is used to assess CE’s, however the contractor just raises a CE via CEMAR and attaches an invoice and a PO. How am I supposed to assess this correctly as per the contract?

The assessment of any compensation event (CE) is essentially how much more does it ‘cost’ due to the effect of the CE. ‘Cost’ is assessed in terms of Defined Cost, which in your case would refer to the SSoCC, as you have stated.

The Contractor’s initial notification does not require any ‘cost information’ to be provided at that stage. Where you accept the principle that a CE has occurred you should notify this and instruct the submission of quotation(s).

The Contractor should present the corresponding quotation with reference to the SSoCC so you are able to assess their submission. Details of an assessment should also be provided, which could include invoices, timesheets and supporting calculations etc.

You would then respond to the CE quotation.

It may be useful to prepare a simple flowchart for the CE procedure so that both parties are clear on what they are required to do at each stage of the process.

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Hi Andrew,

Thank you for your reply, much appreciated.

So, as you’ve stated, I’ve responded to the CEMAR notification instructing a quotation. The SSoCC in Contract Data Part 2 refers to CECA schedule of dayworks and the schedules supplied in the tendered rate-card which is our BOQ. However, the contractor just responds by attaching an invoice from their TM company and a pricing matrix (fixed costs) that they’ve agreed with them for example to install, maintain and remove 2 way lights = £270 per 10 hour shift.

Would this be suffice? Or would I need to ask for a more detailed breakdown?

Thanks for the idea of the flowchart, this is something I will produce going forward so all parties are aware.