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December 2012

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The Olympics defined a year. In 2012, London took centre stage, but behind the scenes stood the Australian construction industry. BE takes a look at the event that shaped 2012 and talks to the “Aussies abroad” who played a part, to find out what the future holds for the unofficial Olympic “experts”.

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Gala DINNER RETROSPECTIVE Looking back at the success of the Infinite Value Awards.

Managing Editor Jenna Harfield Executive Editor Emma Marshall Art Director Julian Brown - Nose to Tail Chief Executive Officer Michael Manikas


Silver Linings

With all the downside sentiment in the industry today it might be hard to find some upside as a counter balance. Adam Walker explores the positive attributes in the current economic climate.

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global survey conducted by Pricewaterhouse Coopers

Overall, Sydney finished 11th on the list and topped the list

(PwC) has named Sydney as the second most expensive

for sustainability. However, on infrastructure and transport,

city in the world. Only Tokyo stood between the city and the

it finished fourth last with only Los Angeles, Sao Paulo and

number one spot.

Johannesburg behind.

The Cities of Opportunity survey measured factors like quality

The Sydney Business Chamber’s Executive Director Patricia

of life, economic factors, technology and cost of doing business

Forsythe said the report showed Sydney was being held

of 27 of the world’s biggest and most influential cities.

back by congested traffic and lack of new housing.



FIVE FINALISTS NAMED IN CITY OF SYDNEY GREEN SQUARE COMPETITION Five designs have been chosen from 168 entries, from 29 countries, in the Green Square library and plaza design competition run by City of Sydney. Four entries from Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Freemantle have been joined by an entry from the UK, with the winner due to be announced in early 2013 after further judging. The library and community centre will be part of the commercial, retail and cultural heart of the $8 billion Greater Green Square development on the city’s southern fringe that is expected to accommodate an additional 6,800 residents and 8,600 workers. The City has allocated $25 million for the library works, and a further $15 million for the public domain and plaza.



The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has launched its

awarded the Doha Tower in Doha the coveted title of Best Tall

Green Star – Interiors PILOT rating tool with the aim to recognise

Building Worldwide. Chosen from a shortlist of regional winners

and reward the interior design industry’s commitment to improve

that included Sydney’s 1 Bligh Street, Doha Tower was praised

the interior environmental conditions.

for its innovation, cultural significance and environmentally responsible design.

Evolving from the original Green Star – Office Interiors v1.1 rating tool, this new accreditation system will enable assessments of

Executive Director of CTBUH, Anthony Wood, believes it was the

even more building types – from hospitals, hotels and educational

tower’s cultural and geographic contextualisation which allows it

facilities, to retail and office spaces.

to stand as a national icon. According to GBCA chief executive Romilly Madew, the rating tool “Doha Tower is an excellent example of an efficient modern tower

will encourage green interiors in all interior design fields in a

that is inspired by its local culture and setting,” Wood says. “In an

manner that is holistic and of a new, higher calibre.

age of homogenised slick towers globally, Doha Tower is rooted to its place. This is not a non-specific icon which you could drop into

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any city of the world.”





Cape Paterson Ecovillage has now released

been given the green light for its first

38 of the 220 lots planned. Each house

stage of development, and now stands to

will feature a 7.5 energy efficiency rating

become the first ever carbon zero housing

and includes an airtight building envelope,

development in Australia.

shading and glazing measures to eliminate excessive solar thermal gain, and interior-

Already award winning after recently

located thermal mass.

collecting the Victorian Premiers Sustainability Award in the design category,


os Angeles has followed another new trend by welcoming the first net zero

building, which will function as the head office for the building’s designer Morphosis. Key features that makes this the United States’ most eco-friendly building include the 2,800 square solar array situated on top of the carpark canopy, and windcatchers that pull air into the structure and push hot air out the other side.

GREEN STAR AWARDED TO PUBLIC BUILDINGS Two public buildings - Affinity Village in

The retirement living club house and the

among Australia’s greenest community

Western Australia, developed by Stockland

state-of-the-art library, community centre

centres. Both buildings will deliver energy

Retirement Living, and The Corso at North

and office complex are the first projects in

and water savings, reduce operational

Lakes in Brisbane’s North, funded by Moreton

Australia to achieve Green Star – Public

costs and improve the health and wellbeing

Bay Regional Council and the Federal

Building ratings.

of occupants,” says the GBCA’s Chief

Government - have been awarded a 5 Star Green Star – Public Building PILOT rating.

Executive, Romilly Madew. “The Affinity Village and The Corso projects now have independent proof that they are



BUILDBITS APP RELEASED Renovators and tradespeople are now able

description and a desired price – and the

to purchase, sell and dispose of unwanted

product instantly appears for sale in the

building materials that are often thrown

BuildBITS online marketplace.

out as rubbish thanks to the new BuildBITS App. It will provide Australians with quick

The Android APP is free to download at

access to an online marketplace dedicated and costs $1.99 to

to the trade of excess, new and used

download for the iPhone.


building products. Users of the App will have to take a picture of the surplus products, enter a short


he ribbon has been cut on the completed $191 million Brighton

Bypass project – the largest ever road construction project in Tasmania. Federal Minister for Community Services Julie Collins and Federal Labour Member for Lyons Dick Adams joined Premier Lara Giddings and Minister for Infrastructure David O’Byrne opened the 9.5 kilometres of dual carriageway highway that will help to east traffic congestion, reduce travel times and enhance road safety.

LARGEST PROJECT WIN IN WA FOR ABIGROUP Two major contracts with Rio Tinto have been

drainage works, two rail bridges, new

establishing our business here five years

secured by Abigroup at the Rail Capacity

access roads and associated works as

ago and further expands on our successful

Enhancement Project near Karratha in the

well as upgrading Rio Tinto’s existing Emu

relationship with Rio Tinto.”

Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Siding facilities. Work will start on the project immediately

The two contracts will see Abigroup

Abigroup General Manager Western

duplicate approximately 60km of Rio Tinto’s

Australia, Maurice Dessauvagie said,

existing Cape Lambert to Emu railway

“This is the largest contract Abigroup

formation including bulk earthworks,

has secured in Western Australia since

with completion scheduled for early 2014.


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The yearly wrap up W

hat a year 2012 has been for

relationship with China with a visit in July to

The recent BRIX survey is indicating that you,

the AIQS!

conduct APC interviews for almost 20 new

our members, believe there is light at the end

members. During the visit the delegation

of the tunnel. The finding has shown similar

It all began with the monumental task of

held a meeting with the Ministry of Housing

results to the ACIF forecasts which indicate a

packing up the Canberra office and moving

and Urban Rural Development as well as the

turnaround in the market with a slight pickup

back to its initial home in Sydney with a brand

China Engineering Cost Association. Some key

in activity in the next twelve months.

new team and new President, Gary McDonald.

initiatives that the AIQS is working on from this visit is a YQS exchange program with China

Some major tasks in hand for the AIQS next

Looking back over the past 12 months, if I have

which is being supported by Senator Bob

year include accreditation of more university

to summarise the general sentiment it would

Carr, the Foreign Minister, as well as working

courses, updating of the Standard Method of

be one of building bridges and cementing

towards signing an MOU with the CECA at the

Measurement and release of a Concise Method

relationships – both here in Australia and with

PAQS congress in May 2013.

of Measurement. By the time this issue

our friends off shore. During the past year we have made some significant developments with affiliated organisations in the industry by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Consult Australia as well continuing our reciprocity

Following this challenging but rewarding year we can safely anticipate a vibrant 2013.

hits your letterboxes our new conditions of membership and member grade changes will have been implemented, which bring the AIQS grades in line with the majority of professional associations around the globe. Finally I would like to thank all the people and

agreement with the Institute of Quantity

The AIQS has now met with every state and

projects that were nominated for the Infinite

Surveyors, Sri Lanka signed at the PAQS

territory in Australia in relation to registration

Value Awards. Congratulations to the finalists

conference in Brunei. These are relationships

of Quantity Surveyors with mixed responses

and of course a huge congratulations goes

that we value and are confident will provide

around the country. The most positive outcome

out to the winners from our inaugural event.

some mutually beneficial opportunities for the

has been from Queensland with a cabinet

The Gala dinner was the culmination of over

members of all organisations involved.

submission currently being drafted with

six months work led by our talented Events

the aim of having Australia’s first Quantity

and Marketing Manager Jenna Harfield.

Surveyors Act by the end of the financial year.

Over 200 members and guests attended the

Whilst our heart has been firmly in Australia this year our feet have travelled the globe, with

evening including our impressive cast of judges

trips to Brunei, China, Durban and Dubai as

These developments overseas have seen us

including our MC Peter Madison, host of Grand

well as interstate visits.

appoint our first employee located outside of

Designs Australia.

Australia, in Dubai. Sangeeta Luthria, who has The AIQS was represented at the

over 6 years experience with a similar industry

We sincerely hope you have a restful break

International Cost Engineering Council in

association in the region, has brought a wealth

over the holiday season and wish you all the

Durban where Peter Cox was awarded the

of contacts as well as members and most

best for the New Year. Merry Christmas, Happy

title of ICEC Distinguished Fellow for his

significantly will be dedicated to delivering

Holidays and look forward to a positive 2013.

service to the Quantity Surveying profession

CPD events to our international members in

and our international chapter had their first

the Middle East. We look forward to continued

face to face committee meeting in Bangkok

activity in the region and strengthening this

attended by myself, the National President,

exciting relationship.


and AIQS delegates. Following this challenging but rewarding year Our international chapter have made significant inroads into further developing our

we can safely anticipate a vibrant 2013.

Michael Manikas Chef Executive Officer

THE BUILDING ECONOMIST – september 2012 – 7

NUTS AND BOLTS 0.1 Non-Olympic Park Venues

0.1 0.04 0.04 0.09


0.43 0.3

Legacy: Park Transforation


Other Olympic Park Venues


Basketball Handball

Police, Security

Total non-ODA public Funding







Other Transport Operating Expenditure



To compliment our feature on Aussies playing a part in THE construction of the 2012 Olympics, Nuts and Bolts focuses on the overall spend On construction, transport and funding TAKEN BY the 2012 London

(Source: ODA, Government Olympic Communication 2012)



Thorntons Field

North London Line

Olympic Games ORGANISERS.



Other transport capital projects


Stratford Regional Stadium




, Army & y Services


Park Security


Elite & Community Sports



Landscaping South Park Site Preparation

0.24 Utilities


0.23 Logistics for Site Construction




F10 Bridge

Other olympic park projects



Other Structures, Bridges & Highways














1. 1 1 £bn 0.9 £bN 0.89 £bN


1.82 £bN




THE (GREEN AND) GOLD OF OLYMPICS The Olympics defined a year. In 2012, London took centre stage, but behind the scenes stood the Australian construction industry. BE takes a look at the event that shaped 2012 and talks to the “Aussies abroad” who played a part, to find out what the future holds for the unofficial Olympic “experts”.



Talk about 2012, and the conversation

planning, design and delivery – but not

Scratch below the surface and the

immediately turns to the London

without a little help from the experts.

influence of Australia on the games in

Olympic Games. In a year when many

London goes beyond advice. From the

countries around the world were still

Professor Tim Harcourt, an economist

basketball arena to the main stadium,

struggling with the fallout of the global

from the University of New South Wales,

as well as synthetic hockey pitches, oars

financial crisis, it is amazing that the

who researched the involvement of

for the rowing events, and gates for the

past twelve months won’t necessarily be

Australian companies in the Olympics

equestrian competitions, Australian

remembered for the negative.

found that of the 56 Australian companies

companies were everywhere.

that worked on the Sydney Olympics, 43 In fact, 2012 will be remembered in the

were involved in London 2012.

positive and mostly for the success of London

In fact, Australia was behind one of the most successful developments in London’s

2012. Whilst the United Kingdom might be

Lord Sebastian Coe, head of the London

basking in the glory of a successful event,

organising committee (LOCOG), was quick

recent history.

the Australians have much to celebrate – and

to publicly recognise the help and advice

The Olympic Village provided

not just on the field.

he received from Australian Olympic

accommodation for around 17,000

Committee president and IOC executive

athletes and officials during the Games.

Since Australia showed the world how it

member, John Coates. Speaking to the

This, along with the shops, restaurants,

was done in 2000, the subsequent Olympic

press on the eve of London 2012, he even

medical, media and leisure facilities,

Games have called upon the expertise

stated that without Sydney’s expertise, he

and large areas of open space, will now

of Australian construction companies.

might have spent three years “sitting in

be transformed into a new housing

Now, over a decade later, many consider

front of parliamentary select committees

development for East London. For such

London 2012 to have overtaken Sydney

explaining why I had spent 30 million

a substantial challenge, it is clear to

as the Olympic benchmark in terms of its

pounds on a bid that finished second”.

see why an organisation with a strong


Insight reputation in creating impressive Olympic

At the helm of this $2.2 billion project sat

Village in Sydney, was “a more complex

and sporting developments was required.

an Australian. Lend Lease Development

project, probably by a factor of three.”

In stepped Australia’s Lend Lease.

Director Tim Urquhart’s understanding of what is needed to be an Olympic success

We are talking a total of 40,000 workers –

Calling on the skills and practice that

is impressive. From being seconded

approximately half of which could not list

stretches back to Atlanta 1996, and its

to the Sydney Organising Committee

English as their first language – working

experience as a major developer of the

(SOCOG) for Sydney 2000, to his strategic

25 million man hours, and involving 2000

Sydney 2000 Olympic Village, International

planning of infrastructure for the

vehicle movements in and out of the site

Aquatic Centre and Athletics Centre,

successful Beijing 2008 Bid and Madrid’s

every day, the logistics alone presented

Lend Lease took on all aspects of the

Bid for the 2012 Olympic Games, Tim can

a test of endurance. Impressively, the

Olympic Village development, including

be considered a gold medal contender in

project was not only delivered on time and

full development, project management,

Olympic developments.

budget, but also without serious injury.

management and marketing strategy for

It was not without its challenges however.

“To the best of our knowledge there’s

the Village. They also took on all the cost

According to Mr Urquhart, the Village for

never been a Village delivered before

management and cost planning for this

London 2012, although similar to the

without a workplace fatality. For the first

construction management, facilities

impressive project.

time ever we have completed an Olympic Village without seriously hurting anybody which is an extraordinary achievement,” said Mr Urquhart. Another Australian that has left an Olympic sized legacy in 2012 was Sir David Higgins, who was appointed to lead the biggest construction project in Europe – the 2012 Olympic Park in East London. It was a project that delivered transformational change, from sports venues, new homes, new transport links, new energy networks and a new urban park, which earned the London Olympics the nickname of the ‘Regeneration Games’. Sir Higgins is quick to recognise the challenges he faced when approaching this

“Every project and business on which I have worked has relied on the teamwork of a very large group of people. I am well aware that success is totally dependent on the performance of a team.”

project: establishing an organisation from scratch, building a performance culture, negotiating a budget with the Government and building strong stakeholder relationships. Being an Australian working in the UK is not as easy as it sounds. “Do not assume that just because people speak the same language that there are not large cultural differences working in another country,” he states.



Damon Kelly headed to London 2012 earlier this year in the search of a weightlifting Olympic gold medal to add to his Commonwealth gold. Weightlifting since aged fourteen, Damon has travelled the world competing in a sport he loves. However, up until March 2011, Damon also juggled a passion for something else – Quantity Surveying. Here, Damon talks to BE about the excitement of the London Olympic Games. How was London 2012? How did it compare to previous Olympics? I really enjoyed the London 2012 Olympic Games. Being my second games I found that I could relax more and not be quite as nervous as I was for Beijing. The organisers did a fantastic job in running the games. The weightlifting venue was fantastic with 6,000 spectators every session, it created a wonderful atmosphere. What was your favourite moment of this year’s event? For me it was actually lifting in front of the 6,000 strong crowd. The great part of the Olympics is that the crowd gets behind every athlete out there. They understand you are there doing your best and they get right behind you. It was a real buzz lifting in front of that many people. How did you become a weightlifter AND a Quantity Surveyor? Well I began weightlifting when I was 14 at school and have been doing it ever since. When I finished school I was looking around for what to do and quantity surveying sounded pretty interesting. I enrolled into university, got my degree and became a QS. How do you juggle the sport and your corporate life as a Quantity Surveyor? When I was working as a quantity surveyor with WT Partnership they were quite flexible with my work hours. Allowing me to start early and finish early so I could get to the gym on time, and later down the track letting me go part time so I could step up my training even more. There are times where one or the other has to take priority and that’s the balance you need to work out. Which is harder – weightlifting or being a Quantity Surveyor? Both can be quite challenging but I would have to say weightlifting!


“Working overseas you have to prove yourself in a new environment each time you go into a new company. You cannot rely on previous reputation and experience achieved in Australia.”


Sir David Higgins

Professor Tim Harcourt

Although he brought a lot of Olympic

projects? According to Urquhart, the

experience to the project, Sir Higgins knows

Aussie spirit has something to do with it.

that an “Aussie abroad” cannot expect prior triumphs alone to carry them through.

“I believe Australians have a unique ability to just ‘get on with it’ and make things

“Working overseas you have to prove

happen where others can’t, or take twice

yourself in a new environment each time

as long – something which is critical in

you go into a new company. You cannot

truly time dependent outcomes.”

rely on previous reputation and experience achieved in Australia.”

With only 17 Australian companies currently moving on from London to Rio

And prove himself he did. After

2016, Australia could be seen to have

negotiating a robust budget with the

lost its reputation as the “go to guys” of

Treasury, which settled on £8.1 billion

Olympic development.

by 2007, he was determined to provide value for money by keeping a tight hold of

“I think the Australians were the experts

costs and time – something that previous

up until the London 2012 games, whereas

Olympics have struggled with. More

now, the success of those games has

than £1billion under budget, it was an

significantly deepened the ‘games talent

unmitigated success and according to Sir

pool’,” concludes Urquhart.

Higgins it was simple. “We had the best plan and we stuck to it,” he says.

With many already indicating that Rio could be at least a year behind schedule already,

However, he is also keen to point out that

Australia may still have an important role

it is not just the Australians that made the

to play in getting another Olympics across

London Olympics a success.

the finish line – and add another Olympic gold to the tally.

So what is the reason that the Australian’s have such a good reputation in delivering successful and world renowned Olympic


Gala Dinner Retrospective Thursday 15 November 2012


The Infinite Value Awards

Infinite |ˈ'inf nit |

Value |ˈ'valyoõ |



Limitless or endless in space, extent, or size; impossible to measure or calculate.

The regard that something is held to deserve; the importance or preciousness of something.

2012 has been a time of significant change for the AIQS. Following a relocation from Canberra to Sydney, a new office and a brand new team we have approached this year full of enthusiasm for what we can achieve as an organisation. Whilst we continue to be dedicated to upholding the highest standards of professionalism within our membership offering and promoting the skills and services of its people, we also recognise the need to keep up with the times and embrace the changes of a dynamic market; if the Industry moves we have to move with it.

important to remain focused and look to the future, but we feel that these awards enable us to take a moment to reflect on and celebrate the accomplishments already achieved. Congratulations to all of our finalists and winners of the 2012 awards program and thank you for the value you have added to our growing community.


That said the past nine months have paved the way for an already brighter future with the launch of the inaugural Infinite Value Awards. In an endeavour to honour the hard work of, not only our members, but the affiliated professions within the construction industry we are delighted to have developed this International Awards Program. Aptly named the Infinite Value Awards, they seek to reward, recognise and promote our often over-looked community of construction professionals through a vibrant and integrated communication campaign. This year the campaign spanned an impressive six month period, culminating in the glittering Awards Presentation Gala Dinner that you attend tonight. This is no mean feat and through this initiative our aims have been to elevate the perception of the industry to a much wider audience than ever before. For us the name Infinite Value itself is pertinent on many levels. It hints at the literal value that our members add to their work, and the industry at large, but more importantly introduces the inspiring notion that this value has no bounds as we strive to better ourselves and continually rise to the demands of our clients. In these challenging economic times here at the AIQS we aim to support and champion the profession in whatever way we can. It is

The Gala Dinner for the inaugural Infinite Value Awards was proudly held at one of Melbourne’s most acclaimed venues, MAIÀ. Occupying a prime site in the Docklands Precinct, MAIÀ at Central Pier is a stunning architectural space that blends a modern aesthetic with a historic, industrial feel. The gentle union of the modern and the historic and its industrial feel is balanced by a mix of raw and sophisticated materials, making it a chic and edgy space that was perfect for our special celebration.

Brookfield Multiplex Project of the Year

Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan, Social Housing Initiative Nominated by NSW Dept of Finance & Services

A project with a difference that will probably never be repeated, the Social Housing Initiative resulting from the National Building Economic Stimulus Plan is now celebrating the Brookfield Multiplex Project of the Year Award. BE spoke to Program Director Steve Honeywell and Anne Zammit from Land & Housing NSW about their special $1.9billion project.


Collecting the Government Project Award and the prestigious Brookfield Multiplex Project of the Year Award at the AIQS Infinite Value Awards 2012 showcased just how extraordinary this project really is. The Social Housing Initiative has already accumulated over twenty six awards for everything from design to construction, and Program Director Steve Honeywell believes that this is all down to everyone recognising the enormity of such a project. “The level of funding for this project was over and above the normal levels we see from government, and we had to be on top of the costs from the very beginning,” said Steve. “We had to take an innovative approach otherwise it would not have been done in such a tight timeframe.” An amazing achievement, the Social Housing Initiative was brought in on time and budget – an impressive delivery of 6,300 new dwellings in only eighteen months – and Anne Zammit from Land & Housing NSW is quick to point out this was all due to the people. “We integrated the public and private sectors together and this has become the best example of collaboration ever seen.” The passion from everyone on this project was easy to see on the night of the Awards, with the loud cheers filling the room when the Social Housing Initiative was announced as the winner of the Project of the Year Award. “We know what has gone into this project,” said Anne. “We enjoyed some wonderful experiences and this was a win for everyone involved.” It is clear that great teamwork was at the heart of its success. Both Steve and Anne wanted to make clear that it was the team itself that was the innovation – including the Quantity Surveyor on the project, David Lawson. “David brought a lot of drive and inspiration to the table and we had the equivalent of David in every other industry involved,” stated Anne.

David also agrees that it was the team that made the project special but also the final outcome, “An eclectic mix of individuals were brought together to deliver an extremely complex program of works and it benefited from excellent leadership. To have been involved in this program and to have witnessed firsthand the changes it has made to people’s lives was the ultimate reward.”

created in NSW for the homeless, seniors, those with a disability, of Aboriginal origin or have escaped domestic violence.

For David, there is a role for a Quantity Surveyor on every project. “In order to achieve effective, value for money outcomes on projects, the QS needs to be integral to the process,” he concludes. However, it was not a project without challenges. Considered to be one of the largest Social Housing infrastructure projects in New South Wales in decades, it gave the NSW Government the chance to construct robust, high quality housing that not only focused on environmental sustainability but also with social sustainability. Whilst the dwellings hold a minimum 6 Star Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) rating and a 2000 litre water retention tank on each site, they have also been designed and constructed to include adaptable design features; allowing the placement of clients with special needs and the demands of an ageing population. As a government program, the Social Housing Initiative was aware that they would be watched closely. According to Anne Zammit, being a government project means “many don’t see us as the first to be driven, but our success has wiped out that stereotype.” The Commonwealth target of 5,870 homes was completed on 13 October 2011 – eight months ahead of schedule and the target date of June 2012 – enabling an additional 459 units to be completed under GST refunds on the program expenditure. This means that by the end of the program a total of 6,329 new homes will have been


The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Minister for Health and Federal Member for Sydney called the project “remarkable not just for the quantity of new dwellings built but their quality as well” and offered her congratulations to everyone involved “from the fine public servants working on policy design to the construction apprentices who were sometimes taking on their first job in a turbulent economic period.”

Regardless of who you speak to in relation to this project, the responses are overwhelmingly positive. For David Lawson, it was an exciting project to be involved in and he was impressed to see his role as an important part of the management team, with input into strategy, commercial advice and program management. “Management had faith in our ability to deliver from day one and I was offered a blank canvas to create a cost management process for the program. It is rare that a professional has this opportunity to build something from scratch, watch it come to life, with the hope that it will work.” And work it did. They have the Brookfield Multiplex Project of the Year Award to prove it.

Julie Christie M. de la Cruz pictured here with Steve Ellis from Brookfield Multiplex

Brookfield Multiplex Professional of the Year

Julie Christie M. de la Cruz (EC Harris Intl) Nominated by EC Harris Intl, United Arab Emirates

After collecting the Woman in Construction Award, Julie Christie de la Cruz hardly had time to return to her seat before being invited back to the stage to collect the prestigious Brookfield Multiplex Professional of the Year Award. BE spoke to Julie on the night to find out what inspires her, and where she will be keeping her trophies.


For Julie Christie de la Cruz, winning the Professional of the Year Award at the AIQS Infinite Value Awards 2012, supported by Brookfield Multiplex was not about gaining the recognition of all of her hard work across three continents, but rather to inspire future generations. Coming from the Philippines, Julie is quick to recognise that a career as a Quantity Surveyor was a unique choice, but rather than let that hold her back she has decided to use this as motivation to change the industry in her native country. “I had a passion to become a Quantity Surveyor but when I started in the industry I felt very alone. I wanted to get more women involved and with a ‘can do’ attitude, I can make a change,” said Julie after picking up her award. As the first Filipino Associate member of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyor, she “wanted to support a professional body that supports us”, and has been the influential force in helping over sixty other Filipino quantity surveyors join her as AIQS Associate members – many of whom have now migrated to Australian shores. Julie has also taken her skills abroad. After studying in the United Kingdom, she joined EC Harris International in the United Arab Emirates. As the first Filipino Senior Cost Consultant of EC Harris International, she has been involved in some impressive projects including the 2.5 billionAED shopping mall Mirdif City Centre. On home territory, Julie has turned her ambitious mind-set to become the founder and Chair of the Philippine institute of Certified Quantity Surveyors. It is these 600 members that she is most focused on motivating. “My colleagues at the PICQS recognised I was doing this for them, but just being a finalist means I was already a winner. Now they can see a model that works and I can serve as an

inspiration to my peer group and the younger generation.” In what can be considered a male dominated industry, Julie is also keen to inspire other women to choose Quantity Surveying as a career path. Earlier in the night, Julie was recognised for her work in promoting, mentoring and networking amongst female construction professionals when she collected the Woman in Construction Award. Julie is keen to acknowledge that Australia has seen great changes in the perceptions of women in the QS sector, and is confident for the future - “gone is the notion of this being a man’s world. It’s my world now and a time for women to step up.” So now she has collected these two awards, where will Julie keep them? “This is totally unexpected so I haven’t thought about it, but I know they need to be on display. Maybe one at my work, and one in the PIQS offices. I need to motivate our members and seeing this award can inspire them.” Now she has achieved the recognition through the AIQS Infinite Value Awards, Julie will not take her foot off the pedal. She is dedicated to promoting the Quantity Surveyor profession on a global scale and believes that you can never stand still.

it. This is someone who will leave a lasting legacy and change the future for generations of Filipino women to come, and that is something that the AIQS and these awards are all about.” When speaking to Julie it is easy to see that she is quick to engage and her enthusiasm in being a spokesperson for the profession that she loves is sure to make a difference. As she made her way to the dance floor with an Infinite Value Award in each hand, she had the proof that anyone can make a change for the better - a true professional.

About the Infinite Value Awards 2012 trophy When designing the trophy for the winners of the inaugural Infinite Value Awards, the AIQS turned to international award winning artist Evert Ploeg. With his work displayed in numerous collections around Australia, including The Australian National Portrait Gallery, The Australian War Memorial, University of Melbourne, and the prestigious Melbourne Cricket Club, Evert took on the challenge to create a trophy that represented the infinity figure eight.

“Getting a qualification is not the end. You do not become a Quantity Surveyor and stop. It is only the beginning and you have to make changes.” It is this determination and continuous commitment to keep striving for an industry she loves, that made Julie a stand out choice for Professional of the Year for the judges. Michael Manikas, AIQS CEO said that it was Julie’s passion that was noticeable throughout her entry. “Julie is someone who has taken on a responsibility to transform the industry worldwide, not just exist in


Hands feature largely in Evert’s work, and here hands were intrinsic in conveying the message of “working together” - hand in hand. The sculpture represents collaboration between the industries; architects, project managers and quantity surveyors all working together to build a project that will last forever. The final piece is not so much a trophy, but a work of art.

2012 Awards Presentation Finalists & Winners Coverforce Architectural Excellence Award

Walton Construction Engineering Excellence Award

Conduit Recruitment Future Leader Award

This award celebrates excellence in the field of Architecture. This project-based award is aimed at Architectural projects that are pioneers in terms of design as well as function, and are influencing the very face of the Australian built environment.

This award celebrates excellence in the field of Engineering and represents the very best in the





AAMI Park, nominated by WT Partnership, VIC


QT Hotel Sydney, nominated by Waterman AHW, NSW


Andrew Brady (Gray Robinson & Cottrell), nominated by Gray Robinson & Cottrell, QLD


Swinburne University of Technology Advanced Technologies Centre, nominated by Wilde & Woollard, VIC


RAAF Base Tindal, nominated by QS Services, NT


Andrew Harfield (GHD), nominated by GHD, NSW



The Star, nominated by Echo Entertainment & Davis Langdon an AECOM Company, NSW

Damon Jones (Brookfield Multiplex), nominated by Brookfield Multiplex, NSW


Vincent Lau (Prowse Quantity Surveyors), nominated by Prowse Quantity Surveyors, VIC

industry. This is a project-based award and can include infrastructure projects, mining projects or buildings. The projects put forward for this award must demonstrate the positive impact they have had on the community and the resulting social benefits of the project as a whole.




QT Hotel Sydney

Nominated by WT Partnership, VIC

Nominated by Waterman AHW, NSW

This award is designed to recognise, encourage and, celebrate the up and coming “movers and shakers� within the construction industry.



Vincent Lau

(Prowse Quantity Surveyors) Nominated by Prowse Quantity Surveyors, VIC

2012 Awards Presentation Finalists & Winners Government Project Award

BlueScope Steel Innovation Award

GHD International Project Award

This award recognises the value and excellence of a local, state or federal government department or authority in its association with the property and construction industries.

This award aims to honour a project that has pushed the boundaries in terms of design, development and delivery. We are looking for projects that have adopted a more effective and innovative process in their execution and general approach, resulting in an industry leading finished product.

This category is open to all projects completed anywhere outside of Australia. The award will celebrate the achievements of our peers off shore in the wider construction community. We are looking for projects that have made a significant impact within the built environment of that particular country or city and reflect the core values of that particular culture of nation.





Nation Building Economic Stimulus Package, nominated by NSW Dept of Finance & Services, NSW


David Jones Redevelopment Melbourne, nominated by WT Partnership, VIC


Changi Business Park, nominated by WT Partnership, Singapore


Roseberry Schools, nominated by QS Services, NT

St Pius X High School, nominated by Muller Partnership, NSW





Supreme Court of Victoria Upgrade, nominated by WT Partnership, VIC

The Hilton Surfers Paradise, nominated by Brookfield Mulitplex, QLD

Forsyth Barr Stadium Dunedin, nominated by Rawlinsons Limited, New Zealand


The New Press Building Christchurch, nominated by Ganellen, New Zealand




Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan, Social Housing Initiative

David Jones Redevelopment Melbourne

The New Press Building Christchurch

Nominated by WT Partnership, VIC

Nominated by Ganellen, New Zealand

Nominated by NSW Dept of Finance & Services


2012 Awards Presentation Finalists & Winners AIQS Lifetime Achievement Award

AIQS QS Advocacy Award

MBM Research & Teaching Award

This award honours those who have made an outstanding contribution to the industry and have dedicated a significant amount of time to champion the profession both inside and outside of the work environment.

This award is designed to thank those in the industry that actively engage with and endorse the role of the Quantity Surveyor. It provides an opportunity for QS firms to put forward their best clients and advocators in gratitude for their continued support.

This award celebrates those who have dedicated their careers to educating and increasing the knowledge and skill–base of the profession. It aims to recognise the contribution that an individual has made to the industry through research and education. It is about recognising those who have enriched the people and practices that make up the construction profession.





Trevor Main (Trevor Main Group), nominated by the Trevor Main Group, VIC



Dr Rick Best (Bond University), nominated by Dr Peter Smith, UTS, NSW


Brian McCloy (Evans & Peck), nominated by the Queensland Dept of Transport & Main Roads, QLD

Mike Henry (Echo Entertainment), nominated by Davis Langdon an AECOM Company, NSW



David Lawson (GHD), nominated by NSW Dept of Finance & Services, NSW


Chris Lock (Transport for NSW), nominated by Evans & Peck, NSW

Dr Adrian Bridge (QLD University of Technology), nominated by Leon Andrews, Davis Langdon an AECOM Company, QLD


Dr Hemanta Doloi (The University of Melbourne), nominated by Dr Robert Crawford, The University of Melbourne, VIC


Laurence Thomas (WT Partnership), nominated by WT Partnership, VIC




Trevor Main

Chris Lock (Transport for NSW)

Dr Hemanta Doloi (The University

Nominated by Evans & Peck NSW

of Melbourne) Nominated by Dr Robert Crawford, The University of Melbourne, VIC

(Trevor Main Group) Nominated by the Trevor Main Group, VIC


2012 Awards Presentation Finalists & Winners Sustainable/ Green Project Award

Women in Construction Award

This award aims to reward and recognise a project that has made significant impact in the environmental space and the principals of sustainability have been at the forefront of the design and execution of the project.

This award celebrates the Women who are dominating the industry and making significant impact in a stereotypically male space. This is an exciting accolade that seeks to honour the achievements of key female players who are campaigning for the role of women in the construction industry at large.




ANZ Centre, nominated by Donald Cant Watts Corke, VIC


Selma Advic (MBMpl Pty Ltd), nominated by MBMpl Pty Ltd, NSW


Changi Business Park, nominated by WT Partnership, Singapore


Julie Christie Dela Cruz (EC Harris Intl), nominated by EC Harris Intl, Dubai


UNSW Tyree Building, nominated by Brookfield Multiplex, NSW


Alison Mirams (Brookfield Multiplex), nominated by Brookfield Multiplex, NSW


Prof. Chitra Weddikkara (Qserve Ptv Ltd), nominated by Qserve Ptv Ltd, Qatar

Steve Ellis, Estimating Manager, Construction and Development, Brookfield Multiplex (the awards principal sponsor) commented “As a celebration of the very best in the Australian, Asian and Middle Eastern business, these awards are a valuable opportunity to recognise the hard work and dedication of companies around the world in achieving the success which drives economic growth. It is wonderful to see the industry people and projects celebrated and we are proud of our association with the AIQS and the Infinite Value Awards�.

2013 Dates for your Diary June Launch of the 2013 Infinite Value Awards Program Late June Call for Submissions Mid July Entries Open



ANZ Centre

Julie Christie M. de la Cruz

Nominated by Donald Cant Watts Corke, VIC

(EC Harris Intl) Nominated by EC Harris Intl, United Arab Emirates

Early September Entries Close Early October Finalists Announced Mid November Awards Presentation Gala Dinner The 2013 Infinite Value Awards Gala Dinner will be held in Sydney. Stay tuned for further details throughout the year.






Kris Kringle Ideas It’s that time of year again, where an abundance of Christmas celebrations are rapidly filling up the calendar. This means the office Christmas party is just around the corner, which in turn means one thing – the dreaded Kris Kringle. If you find yourself stuck for ideas year after year, BE thought they’d lend a helping hand in giving you some great ideas for this office gift giving tradition...

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the Office Golf Enthusiast Golf Craft 2 in 1 Scorer

This nifty device from Drummond Golf keeps track of the total score and number of holes played. It’s small and lightweight so can easily be carried around in your pocket, a fantastic gadget for the keen golfer. RRP $9.95 Drummond Golf

the Office Earth Mother the Office Coffee Addict the Office Movie Buff Aromatherapy Relaxing Candle

Travel Coffee Cup

Big Pond Movie Download Gift Card

Perfect for the yoga practising, Bali holidaying, earth mother in every office. This candle creates a relaxing scent of lavender, geranium and tea tree for sense of well-being and

A re-usable and environmental friendly ceramic coffee cup that is the coffee addicts best friend. They come in a range of colours and styles, as well as in large or regular sizes. RRP $9.95

The perfect gift for movie buffs, who can use this voucher to hop online and download their favourite movie or television series and watch it in the comfort of their own home. This voucher can also be used in various stores, including Target, Woolworths, Coles and Big W. RRP $10.00

serenity. RRP $8.00 L’Occitane

The boss

If you are all chipping in for a gift for the boss this Christmas, we have two suggestions that we think will go down a treat.

Victoria’s Basement (stores in NSW and available online)

Big Pond online

The Humanitarian

Unicef Children’s Charity – Early Childhood Development Kit This is a thoughtful gift for the person that takes great pleasure in giving a little bit back. This kit has everything from pads and pencils to puzzles and puppets, enough for 50 kids to get excited about. Make this Christmas a special one for children who need a helping hand. RRP $210.00



$20 and under

the Office Fashionista Mimco Hand Creme

This delectable hand crème smells fantastic in this rich vanilla flavour. Combining shea butter, vitamin E, and cocoa butter, it is rich in anti-oxidants and free of animal derived ingredients. RRP $19.95

the Office Clown

An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington Presenting the Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington: Adventurer. Philosopher. Idiot. Karl Pilkington isn’t keen on travelling, so what happened when he was convinced by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant (creators of “the Office”) to go on an epic adventure to see the Seven Wonders of the World? This hilarious diary captures the woes of a reluctant traveller and is a


the Office Geek Chic the Office Gym Junkie 2013 Diary

Nike iPod Sport Kit

fantastic read. RRP $17.99

Stationery is gold dust to the office geek, so this quirky diary will be right on the money. Its handy pocket-size and funky design means it can be used in the office or on the go. RRP $16.95

This little number transforms a workout. Its wireless sensor and receiver combination works exclusively with your Nike+ shoes and iPod nano to give a real time feedback during workouts and then lets you track your performance on your Mac or PC. THE accessory for tech heads and gym junkies alike. RRP $19.95

Kikki K

David Jones

The Foodie

Gourmet Hampers and Baskets Everyone likes a little gourmet indulgence, especially at Christmas and these hampers let you pick your price range and ingredients. You could even create one yourself using various products from David Jones Food Halls for the same effect. Prices range from $55 plus.


Silver Linings by Adam Walker Director of Conduit Recruitment

With all the downside sentiment in the industry today it might be hard to find some upside as a counter balance. The market is distinctly flat within most sectors and a recent quote from BCI Media Group stated “ while supply pressures continue to build in many sectors of the market, it is highly unlikely there will be a sustainable increase in building construction in the short term’. However, in the same article it did mention $17.3 billion in total construction starts for the last three months, which is actually an increase of 16% from the last reported period. That is still a large amount of construction. Retail construction has also “bucked” the trend as large multinational companies with ready access to finance have continued to build as they fight each other for market share in the competitive retail environment. Positive attributes to the current economic climate are most definitely evident. I recently attended the AIQS Infinite Value Awards in Melbourne at which Conduit Recruitment was a sponsor. On talking to a number of Directors of QS companies, positive views were abundant and matched the vibrant and ebullient atmosphere of the evening. Some positive developments and outcomes of the current challenging market within the QS Industry would include the following:

Innovation In a strong market lots of energy is put into sustaining growth and meeting the demand; keeping the wheels on, you could say. However, in a slow market more energy is put into refining services so that the outcome is the same but is achieved at a lower fee or income. Technology is developed and office procedures are refined and manipulated. Why are these changes and innovations not made during the good times? Well perhaps the focus and scrutiny are simply not there. These innovations are also seen within the industry at large


Recruitment Rationalisations Downsizing is not fun and is usually going in the wrong direction to the business plan! However a downturn does provide a chance to upgrade the team when talent, which may not have usually been on the market, becomes available. There are also major opportunities to rationalise the recruitment process. When the market is buoyant and the skill shortage is heightened, companies are more willing to pay recruitment fees for their new hires. They need staff numbers and they need them quickly. However a slow market allows companies more time to focus on cost saving strategies for their recruitment processes. These can include appointing internal recruitment consultants that have left the agency environment as well as growing their networks through social media strategies. However, it has to be said that the effectiveness of an in-house system is directly proportional to the skills and abilities of the internal recruiter. Selecting the right person is extremely important as the advantages mentioned above will be lost otherwise. Also, as different building techniques are created, different materials

strategic hires and ‘hard to finds’ will always benefit from the

are tested and different methodologies, perhaps suppressed in

involvement of well entrenched agencies as multiple sources are

the past, are pushed to the front. The industry as a whole jumps

needed to track down the right person.

forward and will only benefit from the changes.

Training Time

Diversification & Efficiencies

Training schedules may suffer in the good times. They shouldn’t

Due to the slowdown in building starts the QS service has had to

but, let’s face it, business travels at warp speed these days and

move into other market sectors that may have not been a priority

deadlines take priority. But I hear a lot these days about the

before. These would include infrastructure, mining, oil and gas,

reinvigoration of QS training programs within firms. There is still a

rail and logistics. These areas are not new to the QS service, but

big shortage in the commercially astute, client facing, project adept

it would have to be said they have been more prominent in the

Senior QS’. It’s wafer thin in Australia and when the older guard

service offering in the UK and Europe. They were not on the radar

move on, which they are with all these acquisitions, the shortage

before and the expertise was not available and hard to secure.

will be critical. It’s time to start growing them from within. It’s an

Now companies have had to move into these areas as a necessity

investment that will bring returns when the market turns and it

as their usual income streams have slowed. Companies have

looks like many firms have adopted this philosophy.

QS companies are also being asked to engage in other non traditional services such as Claims Management and Life Cycle assessments. All growth in these areas will add to companies’ repertoires. opened divisions and expertise has been sought and acquired. The

There is no doubt that times are tough. But there are lots of positive

companies that have implemented this change will have a more

signs that point to an embellishment of the QS service due to the slow

rounded and complete list of services on offer moving forward

market conditions. Through adversity often comes enhancement.

and will carry these new income channels into the future. The Australian QS service has needed this diversification for a while and it was previously limited to a few specialist companies.



YQS LAWN BOWLS Paddo Bowling Club Friday 19th November



Queensland Annual GOLF DAY Wednesday 22nd August Our AIQS members in Queensland held thier annual golf day in August, and managed to raise $4,000 for MS Australia. Congratulations!

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