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Neophobia in Construction

Neophobia in Construction

Why we must be receptive to change. Domini Baldwin – Associate Director. Most of us have heard of the age-old phobias: Arachnophobia, Acrophobia, Claustrophobia and Thalassophobia. Whilst the fear of spiders, heights, confined spaces and open water are relatively common, they are certainly not universal. So, I often wonder why the construction industry generally appears to suffer from Neophobia – the fear of anything new.

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Broken Records

Broken Records

Robert Baker – Associate Director. Quantity Surveyors often feel like broken records, continuously stating the importance of keeping accurate, detailed and (preferably) agreed contemporary records. The Contractor’s site management team or the Client’s project management team will invariably agree with this, and usually proceed with good intentions. Yet, time after time, project after project, the parties are let down by their record keeping when they need it the most. Why? It’s an age-old construction conundrum.

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What does the future hold for Quantity Surveyors?

What does the future hold for Quantity Surveyors?

Amy Wakerley, Quantity Surveyor. In 1999, Cavill bluntly stated “change or die” following a survey carried out among Quantity Surveyors (herein known as QSs). The survey found that 58% of respondents thought the traditional cost-modelling role was under threat and would likely be replaced with software packages. Furthermore, 75% of respondents believed their business would be monopolised by other professionals unless they offered a new range of services.

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The Importance of Personality in Avoiding Disputes

The Importance of Personality in Avoiding Disputes

Danny Frost, Managing Director. Time and time again we find ourselves embroiled in quantum related disputes. Frequently these derive from disagreements within the project team and, more specifically, Quantity Surveyors holding ground on monetary matters.

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