Don’t Forget Your Umbrella!

Don’t Forget Your Umbrella!

Matthew Schofield, Executive Director, and Sean Vernon, Senior Contractual/Commercial Consultant at Quantum Global Solutions continue their series of articles on the construction industry. This month, Sean questions your memory and asks how many of you consider having an umbrella in Qatar a burden or a blessing? Indulge me for a moment and let us have a short quiz. How many of you can say with any certainty what you ate for lunch on 24 March 2015? What about remembering if it rained on 12 January 2017? I am fairly sure that, with the exception of something having made an event memorable, the majority of us would have extreme difficulty in remembering such details of our lives. Of course, some people are blessed (or is that cursed?) with an ability to recall everything that has happened to them. Some things are better forgotten, such as returning from abroad and thinking that my car had been stolen only to discover I was in the wrong airport car park. But other things, such as your wife or husband’s birthday, are things that are essential to remember if life is not to turn unpleasant. In life there are many ways to remember dates and events. Traditionally one can use memory aids such as mnemonics. Silly rhymes to jog the memory, such as, “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue” to remember the date of Christopher Columbus’ discovery of America. Alternatively, one may jot things down on scraps of paper, write diaries, or, in the age of the mobile phone, set a reminder alarm. All of these may assist your memory. So what does...
Quantum strengthens UAE team with key appointments

Quantum strengthens UAE team with key appointments

To meet the requirements of Quantum UAE’s growing client base the company has recently announced two new appointments. Denis Rooney, Senior Contractual/Commercial Consultant is professionally qualified with 16 years managerial and technical experience in international building construction. Some of Denis’ projects have included an industrial city – the largest single-industry development in history, an international airport terminal building, a hospital facility and a university. Chartered Civil Engineer Denis has a BSc in Civil Engineering, a Master of Laws in Construction Law and Arbitration and a Master of Science by Research in Sustainable Concrete Construction. Rajesh Vijayan has joined the Quantum UAE team as Senior Quantity Surveyor. Rajesh has over 15 years’ experience in the construction industry with particular experience in cost planning and commercial management, value engineering, risk management, commercial management, contract administrator, extension of time claims and dispute resolution. Commenting on the appointments, Ian Maund, Regional Director UAE said, ‘’While Denis and Rajesh have different skills both are highly regarded in the industry and are welcome additions to Quantum’s UAE team. Denis and Rajesh will be based in our UAE office and will complement our current team’s existing skill sets perfectly to enhance the services we offer our current and future...
Executive appointment at Quantum UAE

Executive appointment at Quantum UAE

Quantum Global Solutions (Quantum) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ian Finlay as a Director within the organisation. Ian will be based in Quantum’s UAE office. Chartered Civil Engineer Ian has almost 30 years’ experience in construction, project management, commercial management, contract administration and dispute avoidance and resolution fields. He has worked in the UK, Far East and Middle East across multiple industry sectors including rail, highways and infrastructure, marine works, commercial, retail and mix-use developments. “At Quantum we understand that our people are our greatest asset and continue to invest in bringing talent and expertise to our team. As Quantum continues to grow in the UAE, Ian’s appointment further strengthens the level of service our team offer to our clients. With his director-level experience and strong industry knowledge across complex, multi-million dollar signature projects I am very pleased to welcome Ian to the Quantum family,’’ said Peter Murphy, Managing Director. Ian Maund, Quantum Regional Director UAE further noted, ‘’Ian is a high-calibre industry professional and with over a decade of experience working in the UAE he understands the issues facing many of our clients. He brings the highest level of industry skill sets and will be a valuable asset in helping to resolve our clients’ issues.’’ Ian is a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng) in Civil Engineering and a Postgraduate Diploma, Arbitration...
Making some sense out of claims

Making some sense out of claims

The potential change in Security of Payment legislation, which is set to become law in Hong Kong later this year, will govern payments for construction work done in the public and private sectors, and will set out rules for when and how payment must be made. This is very similar to the UK legislation known as the Housing, Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996, later updated and revised in the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009. Was the UK legislation successful? The straight answer is yes. It promoted the flow of cash, which as we all know is the lifeblood of our industry, and it promoted that through statutory legislation in the 1996 and 2009 Acts. How will this operate in Hong Kong and whom does it affect? The objective of the Hong Kong legislation is to make money move freely and to stop unfair payment clauses. This means that ‘’Paid when Paid’’ contracts in which, for example, the subcontractor only gets paid when the contractor gets paid, will be unenforceable in court, arbitration or adjudication. Unreasonable payment periods – such as 90 days for interim payments – will no longer be allowed. All this can only be a good thing. In the public sector, the legislation will cover all construction contracts, regardless of value. In the private sector, however the legislation will apply where the contract for a new building has an original contract value greater than HK$5m ($644,000). When this applies to the main contract, it will automatically apply to subcontractors, too. This is a minor drawback, which begs the question of why the authors...
Junavie Mumar named ‘Best Speaker’ by Toastmasters Club

Junavie Mumar named ‘Best Speaker’ by Toastmasters Club

Quantum are proud to announce Junavie Mumar, Quantum Office Administrator has been voted ‘Best Speaker’ at the recent Bowlers Toastmasters Club meeting in Dubai. Set against two previous District Level champions, Junavie enthralled the audience when she presented her six minute ‘Icebreaker Speech’ entitled ‘’I am what I am’’ which started and finished with the song “Love me for what I am”. Highlighting the achievement Ian Maund, Quantum Regional Director UAE said, ‘’We are very proud of Junavie, this is a great achievement and marks the second award she has received for her public speaking abilities. We wish her continued success in this area of her career...
Duan van der Merwe attends annual CIOB Members’ Forum

Duan van der Merwe attends annual CIOB Members’ Forum

At the invitation of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Novus Team, Duan van der Merwe, Quantum Forensic Planning Consultant recently attended the CIOB Members’ Forum 2017 in the capacity of a Novus Representative to represent CIOB Novus members across the Middle East & North Africa region. The week-long Members’ Forum held from the 18th to the 22nd of June in Cardiff, Wales includes a series of workshops, site visits, the Institute’s Annual General Meeting, a Presidential dinner and the Members’ Forum. The Members’ Forum acts as a consultative Forum to the CIOB’s Board of Trustees, creating templates for best practice, developing strategies for improving engagement and communication with membership and public at large, identifying and addressing drivers for change that are relevant to the industry and to act as a sounding board for the Board of Trustees and it’s Committees of Governance. ‘’It was a great honour to be invited to join the CIOB Members’ Forum this year.  The event was a unique opportunity to meet global CIOB members and discuss many topical issues that are affecting our industry and share our individual experiences to help form future industry guidelines and recommendations,’’ said Duan after the event. Peter Murphy, Quantum Managing Director also noted, ‘‘Quantum is a ‘people’ focused organisation and the development of our young industry professionals is one of our embedded philosophies aligned to future corporate growth.  We are proud to support Duan’s attendance at the CIOB Members’ Forum and hope other attendees will gain a greater understanding of working in the Middle East and the unique issues of the region.’’ Quantum is acknowledged as one of...