The third annual Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) Conference took place on 2 August 2017 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand. This year’s theme was Agility, Swift and Strong and it aimed to embrace the winds of change.

Speakers at the conference said that changes in the technological, economic and political landscape needed to be embraced by the Quantity Surveying profession. Some of the stand-out presentations included Uwe Putlitz from JBCC, who discussed being too short to deal with avoidable (building) disputes; Craig Howie from AECOM, who gave a presentation on Building Information Management (BIM) and how this new technology is creating new potential opportunities; Dr Ron Watermeyer, who discussed government’s standard for an Infrastructure Delivery Management System (SIPDM); and Rudolf Pienaar, who spoke on Growthpoint’s sustainable journey and how the industry can bring about change through green building.

“Green building and sustainability are no longer just catch phrases for the privileged few that strive to reduce carbon emissions. The word sustainability in the public domain is fast becoming synonymous with cost and energy savings and I am by no means alone when I say that I can see a much larger role for QS’s to play in advising their clients of potential long term savings,” said Rudolf.

Academic excellence and outstanding professional achievement were rewarded at the ASAQS Gala dinner. Prof. Kathy Mitchell received the prestigious Meritorious Service Award for her contribution to the profession and built environment. Quantity surveying university students from across the country also competed for the Future Leaders Award, Candidate Achievers Award and the Gold Medal Award. The awards are not only meant to reward and congratulate students for academic excellence, but are also to inspire them to take over the reins as future leaders in the quantity surveying profession.

For more information, contact ASAQS on +27 (11) 315 4140 or via www.asaqs.co.za.