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International Federation of Consulting Engineers (commonly known as FIDIC, acronym for its French name Fédération Internationale Des Ingénieurs-Conseils) is an International Standards Organization for consulting engineering and construction best known for FIDIC family of contract templates.The fact that FIDIC has a French title bears testimony to its foundation in 1913 by three wholly or partly francophone countries, Belgium, France, Switzerland. Today FIDIC has members in 104 countries.
Located in Geneva, Switzerland,FIDIC aims to represent globally the consulting engineering field by promoting interests of Companies/Organizations/Firms/Engineers providing technology-based services for built and natural environment. Run mostly by volunteers,FIDIC is well known for work in defining Conditions of Contract for construction industry worldwide.Companies;Organizations&Firms belonging to FIDIC National Member Associations are encouraged to announce themselv es as FIDIC members and use the FIDIC logo.The use of logo is strictly controlled and all FIDIC products and services are protected by FIDIC trademark.
There were 59 participants at inaugural meeting during World Exhibition in Ghent, Belgium in July 1913 to discuss possibility of forming a global federation of Consulting Engineers.Of these,19 were official delegates from USA,Belgium; Denmark,France,Germany,Netherlands and Switzerland,with remainder coming from Austria-Hungary,Canada,Russia and UK. The meeting led to FIDIC's formal constitution on 22 July 1913.Some countries maintained only provisional links during first few years. The founding members of FIDIC were Belgium,France and Switzerland.FIDIC led a difficult life until late 1940s with changing number of members,all from Europe. In 1959,these were joined by Australia,Canada,South Africa and USA to form FIDIC international.The first member associations from developing world joined in 1965(Central Africa,now Malawi,Zambia and Zimbabwe)and in 1967 Colombia joined.
FIDIC organises World Consulting Engineering Conference seminars and training courses. FIDIC training manual Guide to Practice-the business of a professional services firm is known throughout the profession of consulting engineering. FIDIC also runs a bookshop and publishes international contracts and business practice documents which are used as guides and templates world over. FIDIC is best known for its range of contracts that includes the:Dredgers Contract;Short Form of Contract;Construction Contract;Plant & DB Contract;DBO Contract;and EPC/Turnkey Contract.Details are available in the FIDIC Bookshop. FIDIC also publishes the Client/Consultant Model Services Agreement together with Sub-Consultancy Agreement and Joint Venture Agreement.FIDIC publishes MDB Harmonised Edition of Construction Contract that is used by Multilateral Development Banks(MDBs) including World Bank for their projects.