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Quantity Surveying & Construction Conference 2016

Conference London, 25 May 2017

The must-attend event for the quantity surveying and construction industry.

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What we covered

Our annual Quantity Surveying and Construction Conference covered a broad array of subjects, including:

  • How the industry is adapting to the demands of the 21st century
  • The critical commercial importance of establishing a range of soft-skills and rigorous professional ethical standards across the sector
  • Essential legal and contractual considerations including fluctuation management
  • Key findings so far from the new models of construction procurement trial projects

Delegates joined eminent national and international figures in considering the constantly evolving nature of both quantity surveying — including the increased importance of infrastructure projects to the profession — and the construction industry as a whole.

A content map will be produced for each conference session and emailed to delegates after the conference. These visual records will capture the key information from the speakers’ presentation and any subsequent discussion.

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Programme for 2015

08:30 Registration and refreshments

09:30 Chair’s opening comments

Ann Bentley, Global Chairman, Rider Levett Bucknall and Member, UK Government Construction Leadership Council

09:40 Keynote address: New models of construction procurement

New models explained:

  • Cost led procurement
  • Integrated project insurance
  • Two stage open book tendering
  • Detailing trial project case studies
  • Delivery of cost savings: findings so far

Dr David Mosey, Government Mentor, Two Stage Open Book Tendering Trial Project

Martin Davis, Government Mentor, Integrated Project Insurance Trial Project

Vaughan Burnand, Government Mentor, Cost Led Procurement Trial Project

10:40 Panel discussion — Equipping the next generation of quantity surveyors for success

Against an encouraging backdrop of continuing growth in private housing and commercial property projects, our latest UK Construction Survey revealed a troubling skills shortage, with 64% of respondents reporting difficulty sourcing quantity surveyors. The vital importance of meeting this challenge could not be clearer. Among the topics covered on this discussion will be how industry and higher education establishments can work together to improve the quality of graduate qualifications and apprenticeships and how technical innovations are contributing to the evolution of the profession.

Panellists include:

Dr Andrew Ross, Subject Head of Surveying - School of the Built Environment, Liverpool John Moores University

Alan Muse, Global Director - QS and Construction Professional Group, RICS

Julia Evans, Chief Executive, BSRIA

11:10 Networking refreshment break

11:25 Whole-life costing: a guide for quantity surveyors

Defined as “the systematic consideration of all relevant costs and revenues associated with the ownership of an asset”, whole life costing is increasingly favoured by clients with long-term interests in a given property. The session will focus on key skillsets required for this emerging methodology, including the use of data in capital, operational and future cost estimation.

Rachel Dick, Senior Consultant - Bespoke Data Products, Business Cost Information Service

12:00 Essential soft skills for surveyors

Alongside the required technical competencies expected of all surveyors, employers are increasingly focusing on the role of vital soft skills in building influence in the industry. This session will focus on building durable and valuable business relationships, effective communications strategies, desirable ethical behaviours and exemplary organisational cultures.

Donnie MacNicol, Director, Team Animation

12:45 Professional ethics in the industry

Expanding on themes raised in the previous session, we will look at RICS led work on exemplifying professional behaviours. Covering issues relating to organisational structures and diversity, the session will consider how the industry as a whole can build comprehensive frameworks around desired ethical conduct and assess how such work can make a positive commercial impact. 

Paul Nash, President Elect, Chartered Institute of Building

Eddie Tuttle, Principal Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Chartered Institute of Building

13:30 Networking lunch

Construction contracts masterclass — essential guidance for surveyors

14:30 Payment practices

  • Statutory payment requirements — the key considerations

Laurence Cobb, Partner, Taylor Wessing

14:50 Delay analysis

  • Demonstrating and valuing prolongation

Dr David Aldridge, Executive Director, Acutus

15:10 The future of construction contracts

  • Assessing the impact of digital working methods on construction contracting

Richard Saxon CBE, Chairman, Joint Contracts Tribunal

15:30 Available RICS guidance detailed

  • How our quantity surveying and construction professional group is working to support the industry

Andrew Smith, Chair, RICS Black Book working group

15:40 Networking refreshment break

16:00 Findings from the NBS National Construction Contracts and Law survey 2015

  • The history of the survey 
  • Methodology
  • Findings
  • Implications for the industry

Roland Finch, Technical Authoring Co-ordinator, NBS

16:30 Closing keynote address: Surviving the future – how do we adapt?

  • The changing nature of cities
  • Disruptive and unfamiliar technologies
  • resourcing and skills 
  • Diversity in the profession
  • Collaboration as a strategy

Amanda Clack, Partner & Head of Infrastructure, EY and President Elect, RICS

17:30 Chair’s closing remarks and close of conference


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