BRUSSELS VENUE CEEC MEETING OCTOBER 2019
The next meeting of CEEC will be organized by RICS UK but instead of hosting it in the UK, RICS has chosen Brussels as venue. Main topic of the meeting will be the 2nd edition of the International Construction Measurement Standard (ICMS), The meeting will take place from Thursday the 10th till Saturday the 12th of October 2019.
From Thursday 18th till Saturday 20th of October the CEEC was received by member organisation CAATEEB (Collegi d’Aparelladors, Arquitectes Tècnics i Enginyers d’Edificació de Barcelona). Besides the general assembly on Saturday and interesting presentations on BIM on Friday afternoon, the attendees visited an office building project and Camp Nou. Here they were informed on the way BIM is used at the enlargement of the stadion premises. A very special and interesting part of the program was the visit to La Sagrada Familia with an introduction on the construction of the towers of Gaudi’s masterpiece.
Saturday the 20th of October 2018 the General Assembly of CEEC took place in Barcelona. After a warm ‘thank you’ for CAATEEB for hosting the assembly, the delegates talked about the proposed update of the statutes and were informed about a new file server so documents can be easily exchanged. Main topic of the assembly, however, was the stategy for CEEC in the next years:
CEEC is the European knowledge hub for construction economists. CEEC links professionals in Europe to share relevant best practises, information and experience and promotes the profession of construction economist, common knowledge and international standards.
At the General Assembly György Spányi (CEO at Spanyi Partners) from Hungary was elected vice president. György takes over Vincent Arnou’s seat in the board.
The delegates of CEEC met eachother in Paris from Thursday 31st of May till Saturday 2nd of June. During the first two days the delegates could attend the Untec International Congress of Construction Economists 2018, where among others panel discussions were held on ICMS and BIM.
On Saturday 2nd of June 2018 the General Assembly of CEEC was held. In his welcome speech Tarmo Savolainen thanked France for hosting the assembly and warmly welcomed guests from Canada, Uganda and especially Germany. The main topics of the assembly were the future work of the CEEC, the current update of statutes and the financial status. Tarmo Savolainen led a workshop concerning the future work of the CEEC. Different groups made suggestions concerning which topics should be important to work with and how this work should be organized in the future. It was decided that the member organizations should be involved in this development to find out what they think are important topics. The statutes of the CEEC need modernization, so a new proposal from the board was presented by Agnete Skytte. This was discussed and met with general approval from the council. The suggested adaptions will be integrated before the next assembly in Barcelona. Creon Swaghoven presented the financial status. The finances are in a healthy state. The accounts for last year and the budget for the next year were approved by the council.
Sadly Vincent Arnou, delegate from Untec France, stated, that because of the current work load he has to resign his position as vice president of the board before the next general assembly in Barcelona. Tarmo Savolainen thanked him for all the hard work he had put into working for CEEC in the past years and pointed out that delegates of the CEEC interested in working on the board as vice president should please come forward before the next general assembly.
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 CEEC 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.
In 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.