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Structuring Your Options
Written By:   Stuart   on 2016-01-26 05:39:19
In recent years the construction industry has developed a culture of risk transfer or pass the parcel mentality. Endemic is the propensity to focus solely on contracting out of risks rather than dealing with and mitigating risk. When was the last time you discussed design coordination and trade interface issues with your design team? Yet these are key issues that, if not properly addressed, will cost you long run. Should your project be phased for contractual and commercial reasons? - do you put all your eggs in one basket with a main contractor or are different skills/specialism needed for each phase? Do you really need to pay a main contractor mark-up for all sections of your project? How do you protect yourself contractually? What do you know about your supply chain prior to appointing a main contractor? Is a single main contractor right for your job or should you employ a construction manager? Is competitive tendering the only way of assessing value for money? Does it always provide value? How can engaging the supply chain benefit your project? These are typical issues facing anyone embarking on a new building project - QS Consult can assist you to structure your options.

Galvanizing the Team
Written By:   Stuart   on 2016-01-26 05:40:14
I\'ve been thinking about the common goals of the teams we work in lately? In construction projects, teams tend to be temporary affairs, coming together for the duration of a project only. Such teams generally comprise the client, design team and contractor. Traditionally, these teams have tensions around design goals, budgets and aspirations, which can sometimes lead to disconnects along the way where best value may be lost or compromised. What if we adopted an approach to project procurement that included the marketing/promotion of each team member\'s business? Would this galvanise/motivate the team into providing best value? Would it enable the quantity surveyor to broker better deals? The architect to achieve those higher end materials and finishes? And would it motivate the contractor to deliver for the portfolio? I would be interested in your views - Stuart Davidson

Managing FF&E
Written By:   Stuart   on 2015-11-15 15:45:09
Procuring and managing your fixtures, fittings and equipment (FF&E) budget early can really enhance the value, look and feel of your building. So often this issue is overlooked in the design and budgeting phase. With a managed strategy for assimilation into the design aesthetic, promotion and marketing, significant gains can be made, not only in choice and cost of product, but also in marketing and promoting quality outcomes for client, designer and contractor. We are finding as QS's we are adding much more value to projects, spending time galvanising the team through managing marketing goals when we add this to our traditional role. I would be interested in your views?

QS Tips EOT\'s
Written By:     on 2017-02-13 17:22:16
I can\'t remember many projects where an Extension of Time claim (EOT hasn\'t featured somewhere along the line. Whilst generally, tender documents include the information to be included in a Contractor\'s programme, i.e. critical path, float etc., do they ever set out how we\'d like an EOT put together? There are numerous methods used for analysing EOT\'s, so which one is to be used? After all, different methods can conclude different results leading to disputes over methodology and substantiation, even before a true assessment of how the end date has been affected by delays! What about if we included the requirements for assessing EOT\'s in the tender documents (light bulb moment!) For example, the records to be kept, method and frequency of recording progress on site, frequency of programme updates, how to assess the baseline programme with as built, requirement for showing the changing critical path due to delays and corrections, method for assessing concurrent delay, cause and effect and dominant delay, whether an independent assessor is to be appointed to assess and/or adjudicate such delays? Some forms of contract, for example, the NEC, include requirements but I think a predetermined approach would set out the heads of reference for assessment and maybe reduce the magnitude and expense of disputes over EOTs what do you think? Id be interested in your views.