The Impact Of BIM On The Distribution Of Cost & Return On Investment In UK Construction Projects by L. Cusack

Abstract. It has been widely documented that when Building Information Modelling (BIM) is used, there is a shift in effort to the design phase. Little investigation into the impact of this shift in effort has been done and how it impacts on costs. It can be difficult to justify the increased expenditure on BIM in… Continue reading The Impact Of BIM On The Distribution Of Cost & Return On Investment In UK Construction Projects by L. Cusack

“Let Me Be Clear…” – The need for clarity with payment applications and notices.

President Obama’s hackneyed phrase resonates in the mind when reading the above case which was decided in the TCC in March this year.

An Alternative Approach to Contractors’ Formulae Claims for Head Office Overheads

This paper adds support to the notion that Contractors’ head office overheads are, as a general rule (particularly where lost opportunity for turnover can be demonstrated), recoverable as a head of claim in construction contract claims for prolongation, using a formula-based calculation; the decision in Walter Lilly v. Mackay has brought further clarity to Contractors’ entitlement to these claims. This paper also sets out an alternative approach to the ascertainment of head office overhead costs where, it is submitted, the traditional formulae exaggerate the costs actually incurred by a Contractor as a result of a compensable Employer Risk Event.

The Additional Rate of Stamp Duty and it’s Effect on the Housing Market

The 3% charge for investors and second home purchasers not only undermines new build supply, but will negatively impact on affordable housing, CIL payments and employment across the entire construction supply chain.

Building Information Modeling and its impact on the future role of the Quantity Surveyor.

Throughout history there has been opposition to various forms of industrialisation, automation, computerisation and general new technology where the people have had concerns they may be replaced by robots.

The Oldest Excuses for Not Paying Sub-Contractors (And the Answers)

The Secret Surveyor uploaded a tongue in cheek list of reasons to avoid paying subbies (or at least we hope it was whimsical). Naturally we do-gooders at Surveyor ToolKit don’t endorse such behavior, so we’ve turned it into a problem and solution session with one of our Sub-Contractors. Hopefully the following will be of use… Continue reading The Oldest Excuses for Not Paying Sub-Contractors (And the Answers)