Meetings 2018-01-12T15:40:49+00:00


CEEC holds a general assembly bi-annually in various cities in Europe, where the many issues concerning the construction economist are debated and a number of projects promoted.

  • Two times a year General Assembly.

  • Once a year CEGA Competition.

  • Visiting an interesting project in another country.

  • Updates on the projects where CEEC is involved in.

  • Get together with collegues from other countries in an informal setting.

In spring 2018 the CEEC will come together in Paris, France.

The CEEC meeting in the second part of 2018 will be held in Spain.


Given the successful collaboration with UNTEC at the meeting in Lille, the first CEEC meeting in 2018 will be held in Paris from Thursday 31st of May till Saturday 2nd of June  were at the same time UNTEC will hold a congress. Also the ICMS Coalition (International Construction Measurement Standards Coalition) and the Standards Setting Committee will meet in Paris at this time.

More information on the programm will follow.


From Thursday the 12th till Saturday the 14th of October, the delegates of CEEC met in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The meeting was organised in cooperation with NVBK, the Dutch association of cost engineers/ quantity surveyors in The Netherlands.

Other presentations during the meeting were:

  • ‘Welcome to Rotterdam’ by Frank Michielen (president of the NVBK)
  • ‘The case Rotterdam’ by Arjan Gooijer, architect Van Schagen Architects
  • ‘CEEC Industrial Cost Model’ by Gyorgy Balacz
  • ‘Cost of new construction of affordable housing compared ‘ by Gerry O’Sullivan


In October 2017 the CEEC meeting was organised in cooperation with NVBK  in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The meeting started on Friday with the seminar ‘Housing in Europe!’. After a very interesting presentation by Arjan Gooijer, architect Van Schagen Architects on renovating projects  of existing apartment blocks in Rotterdam in the 1980s and nowadays, some of these projects were visited.  In the afternoon delegates Gerry O’Sullivan and Tim de Jonge gave a presentation. The former presented the results of an international cost comparison of new-construction of affordable housing and the latter share some results of an interdisciplinary research project ‘Beyond the current’ about sustainable renovation measures and housing cost by a cooperation of the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences & the Delft University of Technology.

At the general assembly of CEEC on Saturday Tarmo Savolainen was re-elected as president and Vincent Arnou as vice-president. Furthermore Michel Coubes was granted honorary member of CEEC by the assembly. Other issues and projets that were discussed on Saturday were  New members -project, the CEGA competition, the questionary of High Rise Buildings, the new version of the Office cost model, the project on Quantity Surveyor Competencies and the Warehouse cost model.

In May 2017 the delegates of CEEC met in Lille, France. At this meeting two new board members were elected. Agnete Skytte takes over Charles Mitchell’s seat as vice president of the board. Creon Swaghoven replaces Justin Sullivan as general secretary. Justin Sullivan was granted honorary member of CEEC.
Also the CEEC hosted the CEGA competition for students again this year. The competition is sponsored by Saint-Cobain. The winners were awarded at Lille conference. Roger Hayes from Ireland won the first prize with his work ‘Is the lean construction theory working? A study of contracting firms in Ireland.’ The second prize went to Abdullah Noorisedah from Finland on the subject ‘Supplier efficiency evaluation in construction industry’. The prizes are worth €1500 and €1000. CEEC congratulates the students on their great work.

Autumn 2016 we held the meeting in trendy capital of Denmark, Copenhagen with interesting presentations. We heard Circular Economics in the Construction Industry by John Summer, director MTHøjgaard. Sara Asmussen from Danish Building & Property Agency told us about Quantity surveying standards and methods in Denmark. Jonas Engberg, Sustainability Manager from IKEA told us Client values and priorities, including Circular Economics IKEA`s approach to circularity, and priorities regarding planned new (37.000 m2) store in central Copenhagen. Additionally we had pleasure to visit at Tivoli / central amusement park. Tivoli has make huge investments in optimizing hotel and infrastructure demands to meet the future client expectations.
At May 2016 we had a effective meeting at sunny Budapest. First we heard BIM and Cost Management of the New National Gallery by Gyorgy Spanyi. He told that The New National Gallery building is designed by internationally known Japanese architects SANAA (Louvre Lens, ROLEX Learning Center in Lausanne, Samaritaine Department Store renovation on Paris, etc.) and Spanyi Partners is providing BIM and cost management. Then we had an opportunity to visit the construction of the new campus of the Central European University (CEU). CEU has been founded by George Soros, Hungarian born philanthropy billionaire (a controversial hedge fund guru). In 25 years CEU became one of the most successful graduate school in Central Europe attracting students from all over the world. The new campus project designed by Dublin- based architectural firm O’Donnell & Tuomey. Building includes several buildings including the once hotel where the last CEEC Budapest meeting was held.