16 episodes

Knowledge Counts is a podcast created by the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors and produced by Ryan Schriml, featuring one-on-one interviews, presentations and informative discussions from construction industry economists, influencers and experts. Host Wendy Hobbs is a PQS(F) who interviews guests on a variety of topics of interests to Professional Quantity Surveyors (PQS), Construction Estimator Certified (CEC), and professionals from all sectors of the construction industry.

CIQS Podcast – Knowledge Counts Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors

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Knowledge Counts is a podcast created by the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors and produced by Ryan Schriml, featuring one-on-one interviews, presentations and informative discussions from construction industry economists, influencers and experts. Host Wendy Hobbs is a PQS(F) who interviews guests on a variety of topics of interests to Professional Quantity Surveyors (PQS), Construction Estimator Certified (CEC), and professionals from all sectors of the construction industry.

    Knowledge Counts: Make Your Space Accessible with Josh Peill and Griffin Simony

    Knowledge Counts: Make Your Space Accessible with Josh Peill and Griffin Simony

    During this episode of “Knowledge Counts”, Wendy and her guests, Griffin Simony and Josh Peill, discuss ways to break down the stigma of making residential homes accessible and making it possible for homeowners with disabilities to remain in their homes. They offer options to create an accessible home without making it feel like you are in a hospital when you step into your own home. They discussed how homeowner’s often worry that installing home accessibility products, such as chair lifts, ramps, grab handles, etc, would reduce the property value when instead, they should view it as an investment that will allow them to stay in their home. They mentioned that there are now products on the market for both residential and commercial properties that are designed to fit into a space in an esthetically pleasing way without minimizing the required functionality. Renovating buildings to be accessible can be expensive but there are grants and tax credits available in Canada to help alleviate some of these expenses. Tune into our latest episode to learn more.

    • Host: Wendy Hobbs, PQS(F)
    • Guests: Josh Peill and Griffin Simony from Shift Accessibility Contractors Ltd.
    • Producer: Ryan Schriml

    About Our Guests:

    Griffin Simony — Griffin is a Civil Engineering Graduate with a passion to enable individuals to stay within their homes alongside their memories and family. He understands the value accessibility has to the public and believes in creating spaces which can be enjoyed by all.

    Josh Peill — As a Red Seal Carpenter and Civil Engineering Technologist, Josh brings to SHIFT his many years of experience and drive toward getting projects completed safely and at a high level of quality. He strongly values providing clients with a finished product that allows their space to be barrier-free, but also with an experience they are proud to share with family, friends and colleagues.

    SHIFT — Shift Accessibility Contractors Ltd. is a general contracting company specializing in accessible and universal construction for homes and businesses throughout Calgary. We work directly with Occupational Therapists, homeowners, architects, and businesses to modify environments, making them accessible and more inclusive for people of all abilities! www.shiftaccessibility.ca

    For complete show notes, go to http://www.ciqs.org/english/ciqs-podcast.

    • 31 min
    Knowledge Counts: Soft Skills with Milan Niksic, Civil Engineering Instructor at SAIT Polytechnic

    Knowledge Counts: Soft Skills with Milan Niksic, Civil Engineering Instructor at SAIT Polytechnic

    During this episode of “Knowledge Counts”, Wendy and her guest, Milan Niksic, discuss why possessing strong soft skills is just as, or perhaps more, important than some hard skills. Even though soft skills are not directly relevant to a job such as having a fundamental understanding of budgeting project for a quantity surveyor, without strong communications skills, it can be difficult to make a successful pitch to the company decision makers. Milan discusses various reasons why a company or manager take a person’s soft skills into consideration, such as making sure their personality, attitude and manners are a good fit for the company and/or team’s culture.

    • Host: Wendy Hobbs, PQS(F)
    • Guest: Milan Niksic, PQS
    • Producer: Ryan Schriml

    Milan Niksic, Civil Engineering Instructor at SAIT Polytechnic

    Milan Niksic has worked for local and general contractors for close to 30 years. He holds a Master’s degree from Bath University in the UK, an engineering diploma from the SAIT Civil Engineering program and holds the Professional Quantity Surveyor (PQS) designation from CIQS. As he progressed through his career as an estimator and project coordinator, he settled into a chief estimator position within five years. He has worked for several large general contracting companies on projects across Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan, and worked in director and vice president positions for a developer and manager of pre-construction services. In 2007, Milan accepted a teaching position in the SAIT Civil Engineering Technology program that he graduated from. He feels fortunate for the opportunities he has enjoyed in the industry, the people he has worked with and the individuals he has taught over the years.

    For complete show notes, go to http://www.ciqs.org/english/ciqs-podcast.

    • 24 min
    Knowledge Counts: Value Engineering with Alex Marsh, Managing Director, QSSI

    Knowledge Counts: Value Engineering with Alex Marsh, Managing Director, QSSI

    During this episode of Knowledge Counts, Wendy and her guest, Alex Marsh, discuss the two main types of Value Engineering, CapEx (capital expenses) and OpEx (operational expenditures). Value engineering may be perceived as solely cost cutting or replacing designer recommended material with comparable material at a lower cost. Mr. Marsh explains that although this is part of the equation, there is much more to value engineering than getting the same results at a lesser price. The discussion offers great examples of value management and why it is important to account for the value of an asset to the customer as that may play differently than the actual financial value of the item or project.

    • Host: Wendy Hobbs, PQS(F)
    • Guest: Alex Marsh, Msc, PQS, GSC, AssocRICS
    • Producer: Ryan Schriml

    About Our Guest:
    Alex Marsh, Managing Director, QSSI

    Alex Marsh is the Managing Director of Quantity Surveying Services International Ltd. (QSSI). He holds a PQS designation from CIQS, a Gold Seal Certification in Estimation from CCA and has 20 years of construction industry experience in the field of quantity surveying. He was trained as a Quantity Surveyor and Commercial Manager in the UK, moved to Canada in 2012 and incorporated QSSI in 2015. He has worked on a wide range of construction projects, including hospitals, schools, commercial buildings, listed buildings, multi-million single family residences and high-volume government refurbishment projects. Some of his experience includes legal and contractual negotiation, risk analysis, cost planning and reporting and value engineering.

    For complete show notes, go to http://www.ciqs.org/english/ciqs-podcast.

    • 23 min
    Knowledge Counts: Alternative Dispute Resolution with Níamh Ní Chróinín, Associate Director, HKA

    Knowledge Counts: Alternative Dispute Resolution with Níamh Ní Chróinín, Associate Director, HKA

    Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a way of resolving disputes without going to court. The three most commonly-used methods of ADR are negotiation, mediation and arbitration. Reasons for choosing ADR instead of a court proceeding would be lesser costs, more private proceedings, or the need for a speedier resolution. Over the next 30 minutes, Níamh will discuss the differences between claim and dispute, the difference between the various methods, the limitations of using ADR and much more.

    • Host: Wendy Hobbs, PQS(F)
    • Guest: Níamh Ní Chróinín, BEng MSc, CEng MICE, MRICS
    • Producer: Ryan Schriml

    About Our Guest:
    Níamh Ní Chróinín, Associate Director, HKA

    Niamh Ni Chroinin holds a degree in Civil Engineering and an MSc in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution. She is also dual chartered; civil engineer and quantity surveying. Niamh’s experience includes project management, contract management, procurement, bid management, dispute resolution, and design management. She has in excess of 10 years site experience on heavy civils and utilities projects, infrastructure and buildings construction and fit out. Niamh is now working in the dispute resolution/ claims industry as an Associate Director with HKA specializing in productivity claims and delay analysis. Niamh is the Co Director for the Prairies Chapter of the Society of Construction Law.

    For complete show notes, go to http://www.ciqs.org/english/ciqs-podcast.

    • 30 min
    Knowledge Counts: Lean Construction with Carla Ciepliski, P.Eng., Owner of Ternion Results Inc.

    Knowledge Counts: Lean Construction with Carla Ciepliski, P.Eng., Owner of Ternion Results Inc.

    Carla Ciepliski is an industrial engineer, consultant and coach with over 20 years of multi-sector experience including 6 years in the design and construction value chain. She helps companies along their transformational journey by improving business performance and building processes/systems to simultaneously achieve results, develop people and improve the operating culture. Carla’s career was grounded at Procter & Gamble with the ‘best in class’ application of tools, methodologies and innovations occurring at every level and location within the business. Inside this corporate environment, she held key leadership roles in multiple cities across North America before returning to western Canada to consult, leveraging the Lean ideology as one of the primary inspirations. She is also a very active volunteer in local construction association’s Lean Community of Practice activities as well as on the Board of Examiners for APEGA. At present, Carla is most inspired to fuel the Lean Design & Construction movement in Canada; and is energized by the growing number project leaders and businesses who are choosing to embrace it.

    • Host: Wendy Hobbs, PQS(F)
    • Guest: Carla Ciepliski, P.Eng.
    • Producer: Ryan Schriml

    About Our Guest:
    Carla Ciepliski, P.Eng. – Owner & Consultant with Ternion Results Inc.

    Carla Ciepliski is an industrial engineer, consultant and coach with over 20 years of multi-sector experience including 6 years in the design and construction value chain. She helps companies along their transformational journey by improving business performance and building processes/systems to simultaneously achieve results, develop people and improve the operating culture. Carla’s career was grounded at Procter & Gamble with the ‘best in class’ application of tools, methodologies and innovations occurring at every level and location within the business. Inside this corporate environment, she held key leadership roles in multiple cities across North America before returning to western Canada to consult, leveraging the Lean ideology as one of the primary inspirations. She is also a very active volunteer in local construction association’s Lean Community of Practice activities as well as on the Board of Examiners for APEGA. At present, Carla is most inspired to fuel the Lean Design & Construction movement in Canada; and is energized by the growing number project leaders and businesses who are choosing to embrace it.

    For complete show notes, go to http://www.ciqs.org/english/ciqs-podcast.

    • 31 min
    Knowledge Counts: Prompt Payment & Adjudication with Arif Ghaffur, PQS(F), Lakeland Consulting Inc.

    Knowledge Counts: Prompt Payment & Adjudication with Arif Ghaffur, PQS(F), Lakeland Consulting Inc.

    Arif Ghaffur is the President and Founder of Lakeland Consulting Inc. and Adjudico Inc. He is a Professional Quantity Surveyor and Chartered Quantity Surveyor with specializations in Commercial Management and Dispute Resolution. Arif has over 35 years of international experience in the construction industry in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, China, the United States and Canada.

    Arif is the Editor of the Construction Economist, a publication of the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, and presents seminars on negotiation, mediation, adjudication and arbitration. His experience includes troubleshooting problem projects and providing Expert Services. He is also appointed by public bodies as a Fairness Monitor/Advisor during the procurement of major projects.

    • Host: Wendy Hobbs, PQS(F)
    • Guest: Arif Ghaffur, PQS(F)
    • Producer: Ryan Schriml

    About Our Guest:
    Arif Ghaffur, PQS(F), President and Founder of Lakeland Consulting Inc. and Adjudico Inc.

    Arif Ghaffur is the President and Founder of Lakeland Consulting Inc. and Adjudico Inc. He is a Professional Quantity Surveyor and Chartered Quantity Surveyor with specializations in Commercial Management and Dispute Resolution. Arif has over 35 years of international experience in the construction industry in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, China, the United States and Canada.

    Arif is the Editor of the Construction Economist, a publication of the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, and presents seminars on negotiation, mediation, adjudication and arbitration. His experience includes troubleshooting problem projects and providing Expert Services. He is also appointed by public bodies as a Fairness Monitor/Advisor during the procurement of major projects.

    For complete show notes, go to http://www.ciqs.org/english/ciqs-podcast.

    • 17 min

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Van_Ice ,

Excellent Information. Great advise.

The claims management episode was great. I subscribed immediately after my fist episode and I’m looking forward to more!

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