QGS Insight’s

Don’t Forget Your Umbrella!

This month, Sean questions your memory and asks how many of you consider having an umbrella in Qatar a burden or a blessing?

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.

What is a Risk…?

Last month we talked about “The Right Order”, placing our requirements and ensuring each piece of the jigsaw is delivered in the right sequence, but placing our requirements and delivering in the right sequence has pitfalls.

Food for Thought

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 moves into the kitchen and discusses the implications of giving the right order …   The use of design and build, Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) and Engineering Procurement Installation Commissioning (EPIC) contracts seems to be on the rise and you can see the advantages to the client. Cut out a tier of administration and complexity. Leave the problems of both construction and design to the contractor. Give your order and wait to pick up the keys to your new building. However, it also seems that in many cases the client often does not understand the right way to administer such contracts. Imagine that you are dining out in a nice restaurant. You want to eat a certain dish so you scan the menu and select what you fancy. Maybe steak. An Argentine kobe, 250 grams, medium done, with a beef jus sauce. Side order of fries and haricot verts. A nice Malbec to accompany it. In other words you have given your requirements and you now wait for these to be fulfilled and the meal delivered to your table. The chef served his apprenticeship at the Ritz in Paris as a commis chef before working for a further two years as sous chef at Maxims.  The kitchen has been inspected by the authorities and complies with all relevant legislation and food hygiene guidelines. The staff are also highly trained and aware of the requirements of running a top class restaurant. The detail...

Do we really need to communicate?

Matthew Schofield and Sean Vernon at Quantum continue their series of articles on the construction industry. This month, Matthew discusses how communication is a critical component in project management.

What if Qatar Lost the World Cup?

Until recently it seemed as if not a day went by without the European press publishing articles about the Qatar World Cup and making complaints about the procurement of the rights to host the competition.

Disruption claims: Counting the cost

Disruption in construction stands for loss of productivity on a project. Disruption claims is a huge problem and its numbers in the construction industry are pretty frightening, writes Tom Kapapa.


Now, you might say how does golf relate to a construction project? In reflection it is actually amazing how most sports and day-to-day activities mirror one another, and golf is no different.

It’s just not Tennis

This month Jon Sanderson and Matthew Schofield, Quantum Associate Directors, pick up the proverbial batten and continue to run with the how sport has more in common with the construction industry than you might think.

The Final Whistle – Part 2

In December of 2014 I wrote an article which was titled, ‘The Final Whistle’. This is ‘The Final Whistle – Part 2’. It isn’t uncommon when movies are made for there to be a sequel and I guess this is my sequel…

We are on programme apparently, are the Teams ready?

I began these articles some time ago and the theme was football and how if you think carefully, there are similarities with construction. I then went on to look at things we take for granted in everyday life and how construction has helped these things evolve.

Building Systems and a Model

You will recall my last article looked at mobile phones, how they have evolved from the traditional telephone and the widespread applications such as the camera can assist with record keeping on a construction project simply by taking a photo.

Are we always on call?

Mobile phones, or cell phones, or hand phones, depending on where you are from in the world, are quite frankly, a necessary and useful tool. They bring communication between friends, colleagues and businesses to a point where we are all contactable…

Were on the road … to where?

Roads are an essential tool for everyday life to operate; roads are actually an asset to a nation and its economy. In their most basic form, roads are simple corridors to move people and goods safely from A to B and then onto C.

The Correct Flight Path

We rejoiced in April 2014 when Hamad International Airport finally opened and the airport’s first flight from Bahrain landed. It is nearly one year since that occasion so I thought we should consider the impact the airport will have or has had on Qatar so far.

The Last Train

Last year we considered the relationship between construction projects and football and realised there are some similarities with their individual problems.

The Final Whistle

When football is on the television there are always former players who review the game, they explain what went wrong and how the game would have been so much different if they had been playing.

Training Does Help

I have recently been working on a construction dispute in the Far East. The dispute had all the ingredients we have previously highlighted, poor records, poor performance, inadequate design and the parties were entrenched in their positions and not talking.

World Cup and the Movies …

Did you see the recent World Cup from Brazil, if you didn’t it would take me until 2015 to write all about it. If you did you will appreciate that a picture tells a thousand words and watching the games on television is much easier than reading about it.

Let’s learn now, not later …

Qatar is now embarking on the delivery of the first of its World Cup infrastructure projects, and it was good to see that earlier this month the first contract to build the Al Wakrah football stadium was awarded.


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Project planning done right

Every industry has its inherent set of problems, and construction is no exception. As projects continue to increase in size and complexity with accelerated programmes for delivery, so do delays and disruptions.

Demonstrating Extensions of Time: Do we need P6?

The construction market in Qatar is progressing at an unprecedented pace – delivery periods for projects are right owing to the fixed deadlines of the 2022 World Cup and the 2019 World Athletics Championship.

Back-to-back contracts, can they truly exist?

Qatar’s construction market is booming, dynamic and expanding at a very fast pace. The next few years will continue to see even more volatility with increasing construction activities as we count down to a few major events and ultimately the 2022 World Cup.

Face-to-face with David Kelly

Nominated by managing director, Peter Murphy, Kelly was a little taken aback at finding himself on the CWQ Awards shortlist initially, and was truly at a loss for words when he discovered he won the award.

Constructive acceleration

A good construction project is like a finely tuned machine, the elements of the project move seamlessly around efficiently completing the tasks.

Qatar’s Construction Crush

Multi-million contracts are being awarded almost weekly, with Qatar Rail taking on one of the most comprehensive and high tech rail systems in the region and Public Works Authority, Ashghal, awarding contracts across every discipline…