19 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.

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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: The role of a Professional Quantity Surveyor (PQS) on P3 projects

    Knowledge Counts: The role of a Professional Quantity Surveyor (PQS) on P3 projects

    During this episode of Knowledge Counts, Wendy and her guest, Michael Gabert will discuss the role of a Professional Quantity Surveyor (PQS) on P3 projects.

    Although P3 projects have been used globally for decades, it is only in the last 10 years or so that P3 projects have become common-place in Canada.

    A P3 project is different from a traditional procurement process as it integrates every aspect of the project into one contract for public infrastructure project such as roads, bridges, hospitals, event stadiums, highways, schools and bridges. These projects could require that the architect, builder, lender and operations team all work together throughout the life cycle of the project. Michael Gabert, Director, Cost Management Services at BTY talks about the various roles a PQS can have on these projects throughout its life cycle.

    • Host: Wendy Hobbs, PQS(F)
    • Producer: Ryan Schriml
    • Guests: Michael Gabert, PQS(F)

    About Our Guest:

    Michael is the Director for BTY’s Prairies region specializing in Lender’s Technical Advisory, Independent Certification, Payment Certification and Cost Management services for Public Authorities, Owners, Developers, Architects and Financial Institutions. His experience encompasses independent costing, compliance review, preparation and certification of Substantial and Total Completion on major projects. He has worked in a wide variety of project sectors including airports, health care centers, waste water treatment plants, highway and bridge projects.

    For complete show notes, go to https://ciqs.org/podcast.

    • 24 min
    Knowledge Counts: Can you safely develop a brownfield property?

    Knowledge Counts: Can you safely develop a brownfield property?

    During this episode of Knowledge Counts, Wendy and her guest, Ben Ellard will discuss various aspects of brownfield development including the challenges and benefits of cleaning, restoring and re-using previously developed land. They discuss the social and economic implications of developing space within an existing urban space or in other potentially contaminated sites.

    • Host: Wendy Hobbs, PQS(F)
    • Guests: Ben Ellard, B.Sc.
    • Producer: Ryan Schriml

    About Our Guest:

    Ben studied at both the University of Victoria and the University of Saskatchewan, majoring in Land Use and Environmental Studies. After receiving his B.Sc. Hons in 1998, Ben moved to Calgary to begin a professional career. In the time since, Ben has worked for UFA Cooperative Ltd. (Environmental Project Manager), for the Energy Resources Conservation Board (Environmental Specialist), and at Secure Energy Services Inc. (Senior Environment and Regulatory Planner). Ben currently teaches Civil Engineering Technology in the School of Construction at SAIT in Calgary.

    For complete show notes, go to https://ciqs.org/podcast.

    • 30 min
    Knowledge Counts: Benefits and pit falls of using self-performing companies in hotel and restaur...

    Knowledge Counts: Benefits and pit falls of using self-performing companies in hotel and restaur...

    During this episode of Knowledge Counts, Wendy and her guest, Kirk Burney will discuss various aspects of site development, such as site selection, self-performing companies and tenant improvements for franchise v. corporate properties. As the senior director hotel and restaurant renovations at Northland Properties, he works with the clients from the beginning of the project, which includes risk assessment to identify any pit falls, such as flaws in design, construction or even the site selection. Tune into our latest episode to learn more.

    • Host: Wendy Hobbs, PQS(F)
    • Guests: Kirk Burney, Senior Director for Northland Properties
    • Producer: Ryan Schriml

    About Our Guest:

    Kirk Burney is the Senior Director Hotel and Restaurant Renovations for Northland Properties. He's an experienced Project Director with a demonstrated history of collaboration and financial stewardship. He has strong construction, project management and facility maintenance background working in the restaurant and construction industry. Kirk is skilled in negotiation, restaurant design, multi-unit facility management, budgeting, cost controls, food & beverage, and operations management and is a professional with a high regard for honesty, integrity, trust and respect.

    Kirk is a fun and loving husband and a father to two of the greatest people in the world. He's an experienced medieval fighter who loves camping, downhill mountain biking, kayaking and coaching other people how to achieve their desired goals in life.

    For complete show notes, go to https://ciqs.org/podcast.

    • 22 min
    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 https://ciqs.org/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 https://ciqs.org/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 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 https://ciqs.org/podcast.

    • 23 min

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