Association of Cost Engineers: North East Branch

Tony Brown
Change is underway for the Association of Cost Engineers’ North East branch.

I’ve been a member of the Association of Cost Engineers (ACostE) for many years and I’m delighted to support our revitalised North East branch.

Faithful+Gould has traditionally championed the ACostE as the Association’s industry-aligned focus was a good fit for many of our people, given our early industry sector roots. The Association originally had a significant stronghold in the North East, but local membership numbers dropped during the decline of industries that had traditionally dominated the region.

Many of us felt the lack of a local presence so I decided to get involved and organise some activities. The outcome has been very encouraging; it’s great to see my colleagues at Faithful+Gould, and our fellow professionals in the region, supporting the Association’s new events. We’re now also seeing an increase in new membership applications.

Our first event was held in November at the Parkmore Hotel on Teesside and featured a presentation by my colleague Lee Goult, focusing on risk management. Twenty members and their guests attended. Our second event in January featured Rob Langley of Muckle LLP. Rob explored the impact of the Walter Lilly –v- McKay decision on concurrent delay and global claims, together with a case review looking at some of the most significant decisions of the last 12 months. Member feedback was very positive with the events rated ‘very good’ or ‘good’.

ACostE offers quality events that count towards CPD and most are free of charge. I would encourage anyone with an interest to contact the Association, find out what’s on and get involved – why not request an event of interest to you and your colleagues, or offer to organise one?

This is especially timely at the moment, when the property sector is taking something of a back seat due to economic constraints. Many built environment professionals are looking outside of property heritage, seeking to utilise their skills in other sectors. The ACostE focuses largely on the industry sector and its associated engineering, manufacturing and construction requirements.

The wide diversity of disciplines represented by the ACostE includes:

  • Cost Engineers
  • Project Control Managers
  • Quantity Surveyors
  • Planning Engineers
  • Value Engineers
  • Project and Product Managers
  • Estimators
  • Commercial Managers
  • Risk Managers
  • Quality Assurance Managers
  • Contracts Engineers

The cost forecasting and estimation community and project controls professionals are witnessing a major change in their inter-specialism working relationships with skills and processes converging in many areas to provide an end-to-end platform that can deliver quality projects on time and to budget. This can be evidenced in the new ACostE accreditation process. Accreditation is based on knowledge, skills and experience-based modular accreditation that can enhance both the individual career prospects and improve communication and governance for the organisation.

ACostE membership is an ideal way to engage with thought leadership in cost engineering, enlarge your professional network and broaden your skill-set.

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