This month, Sean questions your memory and asks how many of you consider having an umbrella in Qatar a burden or a blessing?
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.
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.
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.
Lucia Vernon was recently promoted to Associate Director after having worked as a Senior Forensic Planning Consultant for Quantum Global Solutions in Doha, Qatar.
When you buy a piece of IKEA furniture, such as a coffee table, for example, you are in a similar situation to a Contractor starting up on a construction contract, setting aside that you have actually paid for the furniture.
Jon Sanderson and Matthew Schofield continue their series of articles on the construction industry… this month discussing the important questions to answer ahead of a project beginning
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.
Talking to contractors today, the general feeling within the construction industry appears to be that we have possibly entered a prolonged – and quite severe – downturn.
Talking to contractors today, the general feeling within the construction industry appears to be that we have possibly entered a prolonged and quite severe downturn.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
Last year we considered the relationship between construction projects and football and realised there are some similarities with their individual problems.
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.
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.
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.
Over the past few months I have written about construction, football and how there are similarities between the two. I mean let’s face it, both are a game and I would suggest construction is more of a game than football.
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.
Quantum is among the market leaders in providing contractual, commercial, and forensic planning consultancy services to a diverse range of contractors and clients locally in Qatar, and supporting clients around the globe.
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.
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.
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.
The cliché ‘the elephant in the room’ is a British metaphorical idiom for an obvious truth that is either being ignored or unaddressed.
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.
A good construction project is like a finely tuned machine, the elements of the project move seamlessly around efficiently completing the tasks.
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…
In any business, a healthy profit is always good. Similarly a strong balance sheet makes company owners and shareholders happy. However, of more importance is a company’s cash flow. ‘Cash is king’ as the saying goes.