New Episode of “Knowledge Counts” Drops Today!

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.

The guest of this latest episode of the series is Niamh Ni Chroinin who will be discussing the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as a way of resolving disputes without going to court. Niamh holds a degree in Civil Engineering and an MSc in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution. She is also dual chartered; civil engineering and quantity surveying. Her experience includes project management, contract management, procurement, bid management, dispute resolution, and design management. She has in excess of 10 years of site experience on heavy civils and utilities projects, infrastructure and buildings construction and fit out. Niamh is currently working in the dispute resolution/claims industry as an Associate Director with HKA, specializing in productivity claims and delay analysis. She is also the co-director for the Prairies Chapter of the Society of Construction Law.

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During her interview with host, Wendy Hobbs, she talks about negotiation, mediation and arbitration as the three most commonly-used methods of ADR and how choosing ADR instead of a court proceeding can cost you less, offer more private proceedings or be used when there is a need for a speedier resolution. The 30-minute podcast covers the difference between claim and dispute, how each of the various methods are different from the other, the timelines and limitations of using ADR and much more.

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Tip of the Day

To maintain your CIQS designation, you must earn 50 CPD points each membership year. Every Knowledge Counts episode is worth 1 CPD point, so tuning in to our podcast (new and past episodes) is a great way to earn points. For our loyal listeners, today’s episode is one of three scheduled to be released this fall.

Our podcast series is available on, or on your favourite podcast channel, so you can tune in from virtually anywhere. Listen to it in your office on your computer, or go mobile and learn while you cook, work out or during your commute.