CIQS Podcast – Knowledge Counts

Construction Professional Development on the Go!

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.

Wendy Hobbs, PQS(F)

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). Read more…


Alternative Dispute Resolution with Níamh Ní Chróinín, Associate Director, HKA

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. Read more…


Lean Construction with Carla Ciepliski, P.Eng., Owner & Consultant with Ternion Results Inc.

In this episode of Knowledge Counts, we speak with Carla Ciepliski, P.Eng., Owner & Consultant with Ternion Results Inc. about Lean design and construction. Carla explains the philosophy behind lean and how it’s changing the way we approach all aspects of business. Read more…


Prompt Payment & Adjudication with Arif Ghaffur, PQS(F), President of Lakeland Consulting Inc. and Adjudico Inc.

In this episode of Knowledge Counts, we speak with Arif Ghaffur, PQS(F), President and Founder of Lakeland Consulting Inc. and Adjudico Inc., about prompt payment legislation and the impact of the legislative changes on quantity surveyors. Read more…


The Future of Quantity Surveying with Gerard McCabe, PQS, Managing Director at Turner & Townsend

In this episode of Knowledge Counts, we speak with Gerard McCabe, PQS, Managing Director at Turner & Townsend, about how technology and diversity are changing the future of quantity surveying. Read more…


Making Construction Sites Safer with Cliff de Jong, Coordinator, Issues Management at the City of Calgary

In this episode of Knowledge Counts, we speak with Cliff de Jong, Coordinator, Issues Management at the City of Calgary, about public safety around construction sites. Cliff explains what instigated the City of Calgary's new site safety rules. Read more…


Quantity Surveying in the Insurance Industry with Ross Huartt, President at MBC

In this episode of Knowledge Counts, we speak with Ross Huartt, PQS, about quantity surveying in the insurance industry. Determining the cost of repairing a damaged building can be a difficult task filled with unknowns. Ross explains how quantity surveyors can provide reliable estimates and manage risk under these challenging circumstances. Read more…


Knowledge Counts: Structural Monitoring of Heritage Structures with Penelope Shrive, Ph.D, P.Eng.

In this episode of Knowledge Counts, we speak with Dr. Penelope Shrive, a structural engineer, about non-destructive monitoring of heritage structures and the lessons we can learn from preserving the past. Read more…


Procuring Mega Projects with Roy Lewis, PQS(F), Owner, Cambrian Management Services

In this episode of Knowledge Counts, the CIQS podcast series, we speak with Roy Lewis, PQS(F) about procurement for mega projects. The process of formation, evaluation and award of contracts for major projects can be a daunting task. Roy breaks the process down for us into a series of steps to make the process clear and concise to ensure a positive outcome for everyone. Read more…


Project Controls with Diane Standen-Downie, Project Control Manager for Metrolinx

In this episode of Knowledge Counts, the CIQS podcast series, we speak with Diane Standen-Downie about project controls and the importance of tracking changes. Read more…


Construction Claims Management with Níamh Ní Chróinín, Associate Director, HKA

In this episode of Knowledge Counts, the CIQS podcast series, we speak with Niamh Ni Chroinin about managing the inevitable claims that arise on construction projects. Read more…


Tall Wood Buildings with Carlo Velcic, Instructor at SAIT School of Construction

In this episode of Knowledge Counts, we speak with Carlo Velcic, an instructor from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) about tall wood buildings and other wood related construction. Read more…


Caring about Client Care with Karla Mayfield, Vice President, Mayfield Renovations

In this episode of Knowledge Counts, the CIQS podcast series, we speak with Karla Mayfield, Vice President of Mayfield Renovations about the vital aspects of client care. Keeping existing clients happy is the key to building your business. Read more…


Eye in the Sky – Using Drones for Surveying with Taher Hassan, Instructor at SAIT

In this episode of Knowledge Counts, the CIQS podcast series, we speak with Dr. Taher Hassan about using drones for surveying. Drones help save time and money and can improve safety too. Join us as we explore the possibilities of unmanned flight in construction. Read more…