The PAQS Congress 2019 is currently calling for abstracts for both industry and academic presentation submissions. We are seeking papers that will provoke debate, stimulate discussion, offer new ideas, learning and encourage the dissemination of research findings. Technical submissions from the industry professionals are encouraged on current or future projects, methodologies and technologies. We are encouraging academic submissions based on research outcomes and developments.

Suitable submissions not covered by the above themes may also be considered. CLOSING DATE IS 26 FEBRUARY 2019.

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  • Construction sector moving toward innovation
  • Changing planet and the built environment
  • Security of payment in Canadian construction projects
  • The pricing of cranes
  • Indigenous awareness – part 2
  • Insurance valuations and building reinstatement costing
  • Leadership review – Office leasing
  • Save the date – CIQS Congress 2019
  • Industry interview – Zey Emir
  • Getting to know our people – Sophia Chin You
  • In memoriam


  • Education Corner
  • Legal Corner
  • Sustainability Corner


  • Chair’s Message
  • Executive Director’s Message
  • Editor’s Message
Winter 2018 Digital Edition of Construction Economist

Season’s Greetings from CIQS

On behalf of the Chair, Board of Directors and Staff of the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, we wish everyone a Happy Holiday season and prosperous New Year.

Please note that the office will be closed for the holidays from December 21st at Noon to January 1st inclusive.

If you require assistance during this time please email us at

The primary role of the Education Committee is to organize, implement and facilitate educational policies that will provide prospective members with the opportunity to achieve the level of knowledge and skill necessary to obtain a CIQS professional designation.

The Education Committee is advisory only, and reports to the Board. Its responsibilities include:

  • review, update and management of the Education Policy Guidance Notes;
  • management of reciprocity agreements;
  • ongoing review of the current syllabus and recommendation of revisions to the Board as applicable, including development of a new heavy civil syllabus;
  • liaison with associated colleges and universities to ensure their levels of education reflect CIQS needs;
  • maintenance and upkeep of CIQS education and membership standards;
  • accreditation of current and new college/university programs nationally; and
  • review of member issues regarding TPE requirements to obtain designation and provision of recommendations for resolution.

Composition of the Education Committee:

Members of the Education Committee shall be appointed by the Board. The Education Committee shall be composed of at least three (3) individuals, at least one of whom shall be a director of the Corporation (Education Director).


  • Committee member must be a PQS member in good standing
  • Experience with professional designation education policies and programs
  • Effective communicator
  • Highly developed organizational skills

Individual candidates are requested to provide the following information to Sheila Lennon, Executive Director, CIQS at

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume outlining related experience and qualifications
Deadline for submission: October 31, 2018

ICEC–PAQS Conference 2018 | 18–20 November | Sydney, Australia

Construction projects start and end with cost.

ICEC-PAQS 2018 Conference brings together construction cost professionals from around the globe for seminars and workshops with industry experts.

A world class line-up of speakers will take to the stage at this year’s Conference in Sydney. The Conference opens on 18th November at ICC Sydney and runs through until 20th November.

“The Conference is designed to educate professionals towards a global construction industry that powers from precision. Construction cost professionals are critical thinkers who strive to provide their clients with accurate costings and funds management from pre-design to design to construction to operation to obsolescence.” says Anthony Mills, President, AIQS.

Weaving through the Conference are themes that highlight clear pathways for construction cost professionals who want to stay on top of their game. The themes include new directions for Quantity Surveyors and Cost Estimators, cost management, innovation in construction, BIM, infrastructure, international law and standards, costs in sustainability, construction technology and innovation, industry relationships, global cost management, and project management.

The keynote speaker for the Conference is Professor Genevieve Bell who will deliver a presentation on human interaction with technology and its impact on the management of projects. Professor Bell is the Director of the 3A Institute, Florence Violet McKenzie Chair, and a Distinguished Professor at the Australian National University (ANU) as well as a Vice President and Senior Fellow at Intel Corporation. Professor Bell is a cultural anthropologist, technologist and futurist best known for her work at the intersection of cultural practice and technology development.

Integrated into the Conference is the 3rd International QS BIM Conference. Speakers will deliver high point content across ten sessions.

The Future of Industry plenary brings to stage left a collective of Quantity Surveyors (under age 35) and, to stage right, a history of Quantity Surveyors (over the age of 35) – a generational debate sure to raise eyebrows. Other Conference highlights include treetop life in the concrete jungle, international construction measurement standards, launch of the ANZIQS BIM Best Practice Guidelines.

Early bird tickets are still available →

If you have any questions, please contact the AIQS events team on +61 2 8234 4000 or

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  • Leadership Interview – Will van Niekerk
  • Exploring international Quantity Surveying strategies
  • Regulation vs Association of CIQS
  • Estimating process in infrastructure projects
  • Whoever tells the best story wins – CIQS marketing
  • Limited liability only limits liability
  • Embracing change
  • Estate planning series – part 3
  • PQS – Expertise, professionalism & independence
  • Construction Delay Analysis – art or science?
  • Property Conditions Assessments


  • Legal Corner
  • Professional Sustainability Corner


  • Chair/Executive Director’s Message
  • Editor’s Message
Summer 2018 Digital Edition of Construction Economist