Best Business Practice Documents


FIDIC activities are organised and managed by working committees, often comprising the chairs of committees, task groups, and task forces appointed by the FIDIC board. Activities taken up by the committees are formulated and discussed in the annual FIDIC Best Business Practice Forum.

FIDIC has nine working committees and they produce different Best Business Practice documents for the industry. Below is the list of the latest publications, available free of charge for downloading.



Business Integrity Management System (BIMS) Training Manual 1st Ed (2002)



The BIMS Training Manual is a complement to FIDIC’s Guidelines for Business Integrity Management in the Consulting Engineering Industry, published in 2001. FIDIC’s objective in preparing this manual is to help member firms planning to run a BIMS by clearly illustrating the steps to follow in the design, training, implementation and certification of their own integrity management system based on the ISO 9001:2000 standard.




Capacity building (2001)

- Capacity benchmarking of firms and at the national level: recommendations for the consulting engineering industry
- Building the capacity of consulting firms: recommended government initiatives
- Building the capacity of consulting firms: recommended actions by international agencies



Capacity building (2012)




Through its Capacity Building Committee, FIDIC has surveyed some of its national member associations to identify the most important issues impeding the satisfactory development of capacity building in firms. FIDIC Member Associations represent over 60,000 consulting firms, employing 1.5 million staff. Some 38 members are based in countries with a Gross Domestic Product per capita in excess of $10,000, 25 come from countries with GDP per capita between $3,000 and $10,000, and the balance represent countries with a GDP per capita of less than $3,000.





FIDIC Risk Management Manual (1997)


This Manual has been prepared by the Risk Management Committee of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers for the benefit of members of member Associations of the Federation. The Manual is based substantially upon the publication "Lessons in Professional Liability" prepared in 1994 by DPIC Companies Inc. of Monterey, California, USA. The availability of this excellent document has greatly reduced the work that would otherwise have been necessary to produce the Manual. The Executive Committee and the Risk Management Committee of FIDIC acknowledge the considerable contribution of the DPIC Companies Inc. to the creation of this Manual and express sincere thanks for their enthusiastic agreement to making the resource, "Lessons in Professional Liability", available to FIDIC.

Definition of Services Guidelines -  Building Construction (2009)


FIDIC is pleased to provide these guidelines, which attempt to a) consolidate the world's best practice for the definition of engineering services, and b) establish a basis for scoping, executing and benchmarking these services as appropriate.

Through these guidelines for defining services, FIDIC will help clients and their consultants ,atch tasks ad desired outcomes with skill sets and required deliverables to improve the effectiveness and profitability of bothe parties. 







Definition of Services Guidelines- Building Construction (Supplement) 2009


In 2022 FIDIC produced its Digital disruption and the evolution of the infrastructure sector State of the World report. This report outlined not only the pace of change but also the role of technology as a potential disrupter to industries changing their business model as a result of shifts in technology, data and/or how a combination of how customers/clients and the sector can access and use such information. It is, however, not only important to recognise that change is constant, but also that if we are going to meet challenges such as net zero, it is inevitable. In this latest State of the World report, we explore the practical role technology currently has in the development of infrastructure and also how this will change as we move forward with increased retrofitting, carbon reduction and increasing cooperation.






Definition of Services Guidelines (Civil Works) 2016


The work of the professional consulting engineer is as important today as it was a hundred years ago. However, detailed knowledge of the role that these experts play is not as satisfactory as it could be, even among those who directly engage consulting engineers. The more the services consulting engineers provide are understood, the more effective these services will be.

These Guidelines aim to provide a clear template for the scope of a consultant’s work through the different phases of a typical
commission: design – procurement – construction.




FIDIC Disaster Management Guide 2014


Disasters both man-made and natural result in human tragedy and enormous financial losses. The world’s media regularly bring us reports of hurricanes and typhoons, floods, mudslides, forest fires, tornadoes, volcano eruptions, and large-scale oil spills, not to mention earthquakes and tsunami, nuclear leakage, mass contamination and poisoning, terrorism, war and insurrection. The potential extent of damage to infrastructure and to the built environment appears to be increasing exponentially and along with it, the vital role of engineers in emergency management, assessment, retrofit and reconstruction.





Engineering Consultancy and Innovation (White Paper)


This White Paper is based on the situation in France in 2008, and includes:
- An inventory, which describes the different aspects of engineering consultancy and the various types of innovation implemented therein;
- A part dedicated to the leverage for innovation, that is to say the various factors that are favourable to innovation within engineering consultancy companies;
- A part dedicated to the obstacles to innovation that often impede its implementation;
- Based on these facts, a list of recommendations made by Syntec-Inge´ nierie to improve the practice of innovation in engineering consultancy.



Engineering is Development - Bayo Adeola


The book is in fifteen chapters. The first three chapters review the situation in the pre-colonial period, the colonial period and in the decade immediately after independence in 1960.

The next eight chapters present the history of ACEN within the prevailing economic and political environment in the country. Starting with the formation of ACEN in 1971, it reviews the booming seventies, the stressful eighties, the tense nineties and the hopes of the new millennium.

The last three chapters attempt an analysis of development planning in Nigeria and conclude that while engineering is key to all facets of development, its strategic importance has not been understood or appreciated by the national leadership and planners. This is not, however, a scholarly or academic work but the simple analysis of an industry player. It is not, in fact, the opinion of the Association of Consulting Engineers Nigeria but that of the author.




Engineering our Future 2004


In early 2003, and as a follow-up to the implementation plan for the FIDIC Governance Task Force (GTF) recommendations, the FIDIC Executive Committee agreed that a full review should be carried out of the Strategic Action Plan developed in 1998 by FIDIC’s Task Force 21.

This review includes: changes and trends in the consulting industry’s international focus; conditions and trends which affect the industry; modifications to FIDIC and FIDIC Member Association (MA) membership which could change the strategic emphasis; MAs’ current attitudes, perceptions and requirements with respect to FIDIC.





FIDIC Guidelines for the Selection of Consultants (First Edition) 2003


The consulting engineering industry remains largely responsible for the planning, design, construction, inspection and management of the infrastructure needed to meet the world’s everincreasing demand for food, water, sanitation, shelter, health services, transportation and energy. It tackles on a daily basis the problems of how to improve peoples’ lives while preserving natural resources in a world with a growing population.

The purpose of these guidelines is to present the commonly used methods of consultant selection, to explain the respective procedures and to combine them all into one compact document, as well as to emphasize and explain FIDIC’s policies on the
subject of selection.



The FIDIC Golden Principles (First Edition) 2019


This document was prepared by TG15 to set out:

• FIDIC’s Golden Principles;

• The reasons why such principles are considered to be GPs; and
• Guidance as to how users should draft PCs and the other documents of a contract based on FIDIC’s GCs so as not to violate or deviate from FIDIC’s Golden Principles.



Guidelines for Integrity Management System in the Consulting Industry (1st Edition) 2015 Part 2


This Guide sets out a road map on how consulting engineering firms could apply Integrity Management in their work and provides the details on how to develop aFIDIC Integrity Management System (FIMS) and use it in their day-to-day consulting practice.






Guidelines for Integrity Management System in the Consulting Industry (1st Edition) 2019 Part 3



This current document, Part III – FIMS and ISO 37001 Procedures, illustrates how consulting companies that already have a functioning FIMS may move towards the adoption and eventual certification of an integrity management system incorporating an anti-bribery framework under an ISO 37001 Standard.






Improving the Quality of Construction 2004



FIDIC has issued many publications which reflect on quality, including guidelines, agreements, policy statements, contract documents, procedures and advice. The present guide aims to complement these resources by:
• helping users understand what is meant by Quality of Construction
• providing a summary of what has been published by FIDIC relating directly to Quality of Construction
• offering guidance for achieving an appropriate level of quality.





Insurance of Large Civil Engineering Projects 2004

This FIDIC publication, prepared by FIDIC’s Risk Management Forum, comprises of three sections:

Section A
An update prepared by Griffiths & Armour in 2004 on behalf of the FIDIC Risk Management Forum

Section B
An update prepared by Griffiths & Armour in 1997 on behalf of the FIDIC Risk Management Committee, with a progress report on the implementation of the committee’s recommendations

Section C
The Status Report issued by FIDIC’s Project Insurance Steering Committee in 1981



Integrity for Management System (FIMS) Guidelines 1st Edition (2011) Part 1


The purpose of this guide is to provide background information on Integrity Management and to present a convincing business case as to why consulting engineering firms should adopt effective integrity management practices based on clear and easy-to-understand management systems.

These practices are intended to help firms identify and manage integrity risks, implement the firm’s integrity policies, and help the firm defend itself in the event of an integrity failure.




ISO 9001_2000 Quality Management Interpretative Guide 1st Edition (2001)


This guide seeks to assist firms in the consulting engineering industry in choosing and determining how best to apply the ISO 9001:2000 standard to their operations. 

This guide should be read in conjunction with the ISO 9001:2000, ISO 9004:2000 and ISO 9000:2000 standards.




ISO 9001_2015 Interpretation Guide 1st Edition (2017) 


This guide seeks to assist firms in the consulting engineering industry in choosing and determining how best to apply the ISO 9001:2015 standard to their existing management system. 

This guide covers all services provided by a consulting engineering firm and is not limited to design services only. The guide should be read in conjunction with the ISO 9000 family.



Mediation of Professional Liability Claims 1st Edition


This report discusses the use of ADR processes to resolve, by consensus, allegations of professional liability against consulting engineers which give rise to claims on their professional indemnity insurance (PI claims). it should be read in conjunction with the following FIDIC reports:

- Professional Liability Insurance - a primer (1991)

- Amicable Settlement of Construction Disputes (1992)

- Mediation - explanation and guidelines (1993)





Professional Indemnity Insurance and Project Risk (2004)

The aim of this guide is to provide clients advice on professional indemnity insurance, in particular:
- Some basic principles
- Agreeing indemnity limits
- Reviewing cover arrangements
- Limitations of liability
- Alternative methods for insuring project risk





Professional Liability Insurance 1st Edition


The development of this publication was undertaken for the purpose of providing information to members of FIDIC and others on an important topic that has caused some concern to those who provide design services to the public. That concern, which has grown at an alarming rate in the ppast ten years, poses one of the most seriouis issues facing consulting engineering firms in their daily practice. 





Project Sustainability Management- Applications Manual 2nd Edition (2013)


This manual provides a description of the PSM II guidelines for incorporating sustainability in consulting engineering practice. It is not a fixed system for measurement of the sustainability of a project because that process always involves local or regional considerations that do not translate clearly to an international audience. Others have provided such systems that work very well in their regional context (e.g. CEEQUAL, Envision, LEED, etc.).

PSM II describes the engineering aspects of sustainable development, in particular the different perspectives that sustainability brings to normal engineering activities.



Project Sustainability Management Guidelines (2004)

PSM enables project owners and consulting engineers to devise and customize indicators to meet stakeholder concerns and issues, while demonstrating a rigorous, causal link to the fundamental concerns and goals of sustainable development. The approach can beused by firms to demonstrate both their clients’ commitment and their own commitment to meeting sustainability objectives.





QBS Marketing Document (2015)

The purpose of this Marketing Guideline is to provide support and direction for FIDIC and its Member Associations(MAs) to promote the idea of Quality Based Consultant Selection(QBS) and to serve as a guide for FIDIC and MA professionals who will be marketing QBS worldwide.





Quality Based Selection (QBS) Guidelines (2011)

This Guide explains best practice for the selection of Consultancy Services providers. is explains the rationale of Quality Based Selection (QBS) whereby the most appropriate Consultancy Firm for a project is chosen on the basis of its skill, experience and other essential attributes, leading to the negotiation of a mutually agreed remuneration for an agreed scope of services.


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Quality Management Guide 2nd Edition (2001)

This Guide sets out reasons why Consulting Engineers should apply Quality Management in all of their work, and provides an introduction to initiating this Quality Management Process in their firms. 

The Guide has been developed as a living document, subject to periodic eeview and updating in order to provide Consulting Engineers with comprehensive documentation on Quality Management. The document will be supplemented and enhanced as more experience is gained in its application. 




Quality Management Training Kit (2001)

This set of slides introduces principles of Quality Management (QM), on a generic basis, in order to help firms, who may never have had a formal Quality Management programme, understand the benefits as well as the effort needed to initiate such a programme. 




Rethink Cities - White Paper 2013 


The main purpose of this paper is to ‘rethink cities’ by first examining the global sustainability challenges in more detail, and then developing city-based strategies to improve the ecological, social and economic environments by optimising their interconnectivity.

Special focus is placed on systematic working methods and synergies between different fields of action and industrial sectors. 




Risk Management - A Short Guide

The short guide focuses on straightforwardand basic risk management of the key issues commonlyfound in all professional services appointments.

Since FIDIC members practice in manycountries, with differing laws and conditions of practice,a publication of this type can provide only broad andgeneral information. To that extent, the reader iscautioned to recognise that the discussion under eachheading may or may not be totally applicable orappropriate to the conduct of a professional practice ina particular country or situation.


Selection of Consultants (2nd Edition) 2013


The purpose of these guidelines is to present the commonly used methods of Consultant selection world-wide, to explain the respective procedures and to combine all of these in one compact document, as well as to emphasize and explain to a degree, FIDIC’s policies on the subject.






Selection of Consultants (3rd Edition) 2019


Selection processes are sometimes carried out through electronic procurement (e-procurement). The main principles of makingannouncements, short listing, requests for proposals and evaluation of proposals are not different from the conventional method butthere are often modifications in receipt and opening of proposals etc. The methods of conventional selection systems used worldwide areexplained in this Guide. The principles should be readily applicable to electronic selection processes as well.





Selection of Contractors 1st Edition (2017)


To address the challenges of selection and award of construction contracts, FIDIC developed this Best Practice Guideline entitled “Alternative Mechanisms to Award Construction Works Contracts”.

This document describes a range of best practices that clients can consider implementing according to their individual circumstances and national regulations, including; Prequalification and Shortlisting, Lowest Workable Cost Approach, Cost and Quality Approach, and Quality Approach.

The Guideline concludes with a brief analysis of the Pros and Cons of the various alternatives.




State of the World Infrastructure Report 2009


The FIDIC Infrastructure Report 2009 aims to provide an overview of the maininfrastructure issues that the world now faces. Having established the overallchallenges, and the need to address these challenges in a way that is sustainable, eachaspect of infrastructure is addressed individually.





State of the World Infrastructure Report 2012 - Sustainable Infrastructure


Maintaining and improving our Quality of Life today offers many new challenges and opportunities. This report sets out to make sense of sustainable development in the context of key infrastructure. It describes how decisions might be made towards a sustainable future in our societal fabric, of roads, railways, ports and airports, in water and wastewater, and in power generation. In other words, in all that underpins society worldwide. 






State of the World Infrastructure Report 2015 - Water Challenges


The FIDIC 2015 State of the World Report on Water is the third in a series of “State of the World” reports. The first was a 2009 report on Infrastructure and the second was a 2012 report on Sustainability.

FIDIC produces these reports as a service to our 100 member associations and global partners to examine some of the world’s most challenging issues, which the engineering community can help address.









Project Sustainability Logbook (1st Edition) 2013


The aim behind the Logbook is to accompany a built asset or a group of designated buildings, infrastructure facilities and physical plant of a component of the urban environment (for example, a city district or a city block, respectively) or is designed to meet a specific urban function (for example, public transport or water supply).
The Logbook, comprising a series of tables, offers a method of defining and monitoring the issues and objectives of sustainable development for a specific project or programme.






Project Sustainability Logbook- User's Instructions 2013


The Project (or Programme) Sustainability Logbook aims to accompany a building or a facility, or a group of buildings or facilities, throughout its lifetime using regularly updated benchmarks.
The Logbook is a structured support tool comprising guidance and a series of worksheets that allows one to define and then monitor the issues and objectives of sustainable development.
The Logbook is supplemented by a document database for each of the PSL’s themes that covers regulations, laws, standards, and benchmarks which are applied worldwide, in Europe and in a
given country.