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Commercial attribute/statutory and commercial frameworks workshop

Event organised by ICE

07 February 2024
18:30 - 19:30 GMT
Room B004, Engineering Central
Swansea University Bay Campus
Fabian Way
Crymlyn Burrows
Swansea, SA1 8EN
United Kingdom

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This session is aimed at aspiring/graduate engineers who are working towards becoming a chartered civil engineer.

The first step on that journey is signing off the Initial Professional Development (IPD).

This event focuses on the Commercial Attribute of the IPD, to help those aspiring chartered engineers learn how to:

  • Use sound knowledge of statutory and commercial frameworks within their own area of responsibility and have an appreciation of other commercial arrangements.
  • Demonstrate sound judgement on statutory, contractual and commercial issues in relation to own area of responsibility.

The event will be split into 3 main elements, with a presentation and Q&A on the following:

  • Explanation of how young engineers (consultant & contractors) could satisfy the requirement of the commercial attribute.
  • A talk/discussion around the commercial attribute and what is required to pass your review.
  • An overview of the NEC suite of contracts including the PSC & risk management.

The event will be presented by Graeme Thelwell, a chartered engineer being a member of Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers.

Graeme has had a varied career working for consultants, clients, contractors and academia, and so has vast experience working on the commercial frameworks from all roles.

Please note:

  • Parking at the venue is pay and display.
  • This event will not be recorded.  


Graeme Thelwell

Graeme Thelwell

Swansea University

former Associate Professor, full time student, lead reviewer

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Graeme Thelwell

Graeme is a chartered engineer being a Member of Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers. He has a masters in Business Administration (MBA) with 
a varied career working for consultants, clients, contractors and academia. The majority of his engineering career he has worked as a civil engineer in heavy industry, including petrochem, power (inc nuclear), aerospace & healthcare.

The 12 years prior to joining Swansea University in 2018 as an associate professor he was an engineering leader with Laing O’Rourke getting very involved with information management (BIM) and off-site manufacturing (DfMA). He also championed the development and progression of graduate engineers to professional status.

He is now a full-time student researching into how well, or badly, the UK construction industry is delivering sustainability and due to complete his studies in 2024.  

Over the past 20 years he has served on a number of panels and working groups for the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and including looking at streamlining / updating the attributes as well as the JBM working group and was also on the Engineering Council’s sustainability working group, where the six guiding principles were refreshed, which were released in January 2021.

He is also a lead reviewer with ICE having reviewed all levels including the progressive route to chartership. 

For more information please contact:

Jessica McQuade

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