The definition of practical completion

Problem:  What is your definition of practical completion?  The times I have had this argument with my client’s and / or their professional team is numerous.  From my perspective, I consider that the contract administrator should certify completion providing most of the major work is completed – if there are what I call ‘snags’ and small amounts of work still to be carried out, then practical completion should still be issued.  

Understanding critical path programmes

Problem:  I work for a well known retailer as a building surveyor in the procurement department.  I have recently read an article on delays in the construction industry and the importance of having a well-thought out construction programme from the outset, including identifying the activities on the critical path of the programme.  I am now eager to start insisting on such detailed programmes from our contractors.