This is a practical manual but it also helps develop an understanding of the theory underpinning current practice. As the QS role becomes more complex, commercial managers wanting to maximise profitability will find the sound advice given here invaluable as it:
demonstrates tried–and–tested best practice through practical examples
provides a good grounding in financial management and cost analysis
describes the need for benchmarking, the benefits of setting targets and the use of key performance indicators (KPI′s) as a means of increasing project and company performance
highlights the benefits of teamworking.
Budgets and Forecasting.
Cost value Comparisons.
Contracts, certificates and notices.
Teamwork and Partnering.
Appendices – A Worked Example.
Cost Value Ccomparison – an Easy Guide.
Glossary of terms.
Robert Wilkie MSc MCIOB, also a chartered builder, worked in industry for 15 years, including as Project Manager with Laing Construction. He is now Head of Construction in the School of the Built Environment at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle. He is external examiner for several universities; a Subject Specialist Assessor with HEFCE; s member of the Q. A. A. Benchmark Statement drafting group for Building and Surveying; and is Deputy Chair of the CIOB′s Recognition of Awards Division.