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An Introduction to Cost Management: MD0535

Ken Thomson
Formal CPD
1 Hour - FORMAL
Duration: 00:40:20
Architects and their clients are often unaware of the broad range of services offered by Quantity Surveyors and when these services are beneficial to a project. This course explains in detail the various services provided by quantity surveyors and the appropriate time to employ these services. An insight into detailed project cost analysis is provided and the advantages, disadvantages and accuracy of the individual services are explained.
  • Have a detailed understanding of the services offered by a quantity surveyor.
  • Know when to obtain the specialist services of a quantity surveyor.
  • Have a greater understanding of building cost analysis, tendering, progress claims, variations, bills of quantities and schedules of rates.
  • Have an overall improved understanding of all the cost and contract management aspects of an architectural project.
Recognised by the NSW ARB, ARB of Victoria, BA of Qld, AB of WA, Work Stds Tas, APB of SA, PIA, AILA & BDA
     AAIQS, B.Build (UNSW)

    Ken Thomson is a Director of MDA Australia, a Sydney based Quantity Surveying and Cost Management practice which evolved from the historic firm of Thompson & Wark which was originally established in 1895. Ken worked for Thompson & Wark and other quantity surveying practices before becoming a Director of MDA Australia in 1991.

    He has over thirty years experience in the construction industry and during that period has been involved in a broad range of projects with a particular emphasis on cost planning and post-contract administration. Projects he has been responsible for include major health projects, multi-storey commercial buildings, aviation facilities in Australia and overseas, projects for various Universities and valuation of major port facilities in Sydney Harbour and Port Botany for the Sydney Ports Authority.

    MDA Australia is a locally-owned company providing professional cost and project management services. Based in North Sydney, MDA is a medium-sized consultancy providing the professional services of expert staff and technical specialists. The Directors, Associates and staff of MDA have diverse experience across all facets of the construction and property industries.  MDA offers a wide range of specific and integrated services in quantity surveying, cost and project management with projects ranging from small fitouts to multi-million dollar developments throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific Region.

    International Expertise:

    MDA Australia is affiliated with the MDA Group of Companies, a top-tier international construction cost consultancy.  Clients therefore have access to the Group’s global expertise and resources, allowing MDA to participate in the most complex assignments either locally or internationally.