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Exclusive Features | CUMMING

Quantity for Quality

CUMMING EMPLOYS A PROVEN CONSTRUCTION METHOD TO RAISE ACCOUNTABILITY. BY TIM O'CONNOR

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uilding a major project such as a
new corporate headquarters or
a cutting-edge hospital requires
the coordination of dozens of
stakeholders, each of which has their own
agenda. That's a recipe that often leads to
cost overruns, delays and dissatisfaction for
the project owner.
For many projects, it's better to have an
independent voice that can consolidate
several disciplines and efficiently manage
construction on behalf of the owner. On an
increasing number of jobs, that role is being
filled by quantity surveyors such as Wayne
Selby, the regional managing director of the
East Coast at Cumming, an international
construction consultancy that focuses on
cost and project management. Quantity
surveying takes the functional roles of a
project estimator, accountant, engineer and
conscription lawyer and puts them into the
body of one person who has experience in
all four disciplines.
Traditional construction methodologies
often include multiple people or companies who all have influence over the
direction of a project. This increases the
possibility of miscommunication, missed
or unassigned responsibilities and even
overall project failure. The multi-disciplinary expertise of a quantity surveyor,
on the other hand, transfers all of a client's
risk and exposure to one person. "Proj-

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boundaries of what's possible to
make ure we're giving e best
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adds value to projects
ยป Cumming
by combining clients' requirements
with its own best practices.

ect delivery is more robust and reliable
through every phase when you have a
single point of responsibility delivering all
aspects of technical, legal and commercial
risk around your project," Selby says.
Although relatively new to the U.S.
construction market, quantity surveying's
roots date back to the mid-17th century in
Britain. Over the past four centuries, it has
become a common component of successful construction management for most of

the world outside the United States. "It's
something that's practiced heavily internationally," Selby says.
U.S. companies are finally beginning to
appreciate the advantages of this approach,
and an increasing number of Cumming's
clients are requesting quantity surveying
services as a way to better control project
costs. They've seen the process deliver
strong value and predictability on their
foreign construction projects and want to


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