QS in the News October / November 2021

Updated: Nov 21, 2021





[1] Cricket World Cup by day, quantity surveyor by night. Namibia's Craig Williams will attempt to master Afghanistan's spin wizards at the T20 World Cup on Sunday -- and then celebrate by compiling dry insurance statistical data. The 37-year-old opener, like many of his teammates, fits in his love of cricket with the demands of a full-time job. In his case as a quantity surveyor. "I do a lot of insurance, loss adjusting. That's actually my main job," he explained on Saturday. "I say I'm looking for someone to prove me wrong, but I think I'm the only person playing in the World Cup who goes home at night and does report writing for insurance companies back home." [NZBE Link]


[2] The dispute between Staples and Freeman originated when CRS refused to pay $170,000 in outstanding fees for quantity surveying work completed by builder Malcolm Gibson. The court was told CRS had wrongly believed Gibson was "highly qualified" for the work he had been employed to do. When CRS found out this wasn't true, they requested Gibson employ a suitably qualified quantity surveyor to sign off the work he had done. Gibson refused this and consequently CRS refused to pay the $170,000 owed to Gibson because it had "no commercial value". Gibson's response on March 7, 2014, was to sell the $170,000 debt to Ironclad Securities for $1. Now a High Court judge agrees to review a decision that found Winston Peters made 'defamatory comments' in Parliament. [NZBE Link]


[3] Quantity surveyor loses the plot with wife after Falkirk wine tasting experience. A husband began shouting and swearing at his wife when he woke up hungry following an afternoon wine tasting experience. An argument over whether not a takeaway should be ordered then boiled over and ended when police came and arrested John Dougan (45). He then proceeded to breach his bail conditions by contacting his partner, only 10 minutes after he was released from custody.

The court heard this was the first time Dougan, a quantity surveyor, had found himself in court on a charge like this [alcohol induced extreme irrational behaviour] and he was upset his marriage now seems to be over. [NZBE Link]


[4] Quantity surveyor Patricia Power: Waiting to build ‘could make a difference of €20,000’. The number-cruncher is one of the star attractions at this year’s Permanent TSB Ideal Home Show. She’ll be discussing issues people face when looking to build or renovate. And Power’s sage number crunching has never been more in demand than in an era of crazy price inflation, labour and delivery shortages. [NZBE Link]


[5] Lola Cars was the brainchild of Eric Broadley, a quantity surveyor who built the 'Broadley Special' using Ford's 1172cc engine and entered the car in the 1957 'Ford Ten Special.' He won the competition while racing the car with his cousin Graham. Immediately after the win, Eric built a Climax-engine vehicle, which formed the basis for the Mk1. A year later, Eric used his £2,000 savings to create Lola Cars Ltd, when he built the first-ever Lola car. Lola Cars was in operation through five decades, designing and producing close to 5,000 cars between 1958 and 2012. Lola grew from its modest beginnings, making small front-engine sports cars, to one of the world's largest and oldest racing carmakers with participation in various sports racing categories. The final years under Erick Broadley saw massive successes, with Lola winning all four single-seater formula competitions. However, its attempted re-entry into the Formula 1 with the T97/30 was ill-fated, and a financial disaster that forced Broadley to leave the company. [NZBE Link]


[6] Quantity Surveyor tops New Forest final at Horse of the Year Show 2021. Ellena Thomas took time out of her busy work schedule to ride New Forest pony Hilltop Ned to victory at the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) 2021. She and Karyn Thomas have owned the eight-year-old stallion by Brookshill Mustang out of Hilltop Daisy for three years. “I wasn’t expecting that at all,” said Ellena of her win. “This was his first open season as last season was pretty disrupted due to Covid, so this was both our first time at HOYS in the arena. We came here with no expectations. With it being his first year out, we just wanted him to go well, take it all in and enjoy himself.” [NZBE Link]


[7] Aucklander’s face homelessness by moving rules at Level 3. Claire Xu's exemption was rejected too. She's needing to be on site at her new job as a quantity surveyor in Tauranga. While her boss has been patient, she says her stress levels are sky high. "Totally frustrated. I pay double rent; one in Auckland, one in Tauranga because when I applied for a personal exemption I needed to have a new address," Xu said. [NZBE Link]


[8] The Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria has renewed its commitment to raise quantity surveying professionals that would meet the needs of the country. The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Kabiru Bala, stated this while celebrating 50 years of Quantity Surveying programme organised by the Department of Quantity Survey in Zaria on Saturday. Bala added that since 1971 when the programme was established, the university has placed its footstep on the sand of time being the first university in Africa to commence a honors degree programme in quantity surveying. [NZBE Link]


[9] Fuel accounts for a large proportion of vessel operational costs and a bunker quantity survey (BQS) is necessary to verify the amount of fuel delivered is correct, or provide information in the event of a dispute, and to take fuel samples for laboratory analysis. Survey credibility. “It is important for our clients to know that our BQS surveyors are impartial and trustworthy so that they can ascertain reliable information on fuel delivery in order to make well-informed commercial decisions on bunker supply, making this a big value differentiator,” he says. [NZBE Link]


[10] A historic quantity surveyor and commercial management practice is to relocate to a landmark office building in Edgbaston. Corderoy, which has provided quantity surveying, cost consultancy and dispute resolution services on construction projects in the UK and internationally since 1780, has signed a ten-year lease for 2,697 sq ft of space on the third floor of 54 Hagley Road. [NZBE Link]



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