CEEC STRENGHTENS THE LINKS ACROSS EUROPE
On Friday 11 October RICS organised the seminar ‘Strengthen the links across Europe’ during the bi-annual meeting of CEEC in Brussels. During this seminar the 2nd edition of the ICMS Standard was launched.
With a presentation from Alan Muse, Vice Chair of the ICMS Standards Setting Committee, followed by a panel discussion led by Justin Sullivan (CEEC/ ICMSC) with Alan Muse (RICS/ ICMSC), Ken Creighton (RICS/ ICMSC) and Gerry O’Sullivan (CEEC/ ICMS SSC), the 2nd edition of the ICMS Standard was officially launched in Europe. Before this launch Ilektra Papadaki (EC DG GROW Policy Officer – Sustainable construction and competitiveness) gave a very interesting presentation on ‘EU Construction in 2020 and beyond’. Also in the morning a proposed survey on the European construction industry was launced by Simon Rubinsohn (RICS Chief Economist) and Justin Sullivan (CEEC/ ICMSC).
After the lunch break the topic of the seminar was further explored by presentations on ‘The work of the European Organisation for Technical Assessment (EOTA)’ by Sergio Vazquez Jimenez (Secretary General – EOTA) and ‘The Irish Government and BIM: the next four years’ by Mary Flynn (SCSI Ireland). Both Sergio and Mary are also delegates of CEEC. The seminar ended with a site visit to the airport in Brussels.
All the presentations at the seminar were filmed and can be watched here.
RICS published an interesting article on the launch of the 2nd edition of ICMS at the seminar in Brussel. You can read the article here.
On Saturday the delegates of CEEC met again in Brussels for the General Assembly. Here Tarmo Savolainen stepped down as President after his maximum term. Vice President Agnete Skytte was elected as new President for a term of two years. Agnete is the first woman, as well as the first Swiss delegate to lead the CEEC as President. Because of the election of Agnete Skytte as new President, the role of Vice President became vacant. The General Assembly decided to appoint Steven Thompson as a temporary Vice President until the next meeting in Spring 2020 where a new Vice President will be chosen. Delegates who are interested to take the seat as Vice President are asked to contact Creon Swaghoven (email@example.com)
Also at the CEEC General Assembly in Brussels, Joe Martin and Martin Wright were honoured for all of the dedicated work they have both undertaken for CEEC over many years, in that both were awarded the title of honorary member.
From Thursday 16th till Saturday the 18th of May the CEEC held their bi-annual meeting in Tallinn, Estonia. Organizing member RAKI from Finland and delegate Roode Liias from Estonia had set up a varied and up-to-date European programme.
At the conference on Friday morning several presentations were given. From ‘Construction Classification in Estonia’ by Roode Liias (Professor TalTech Tallinn) and ‘Digital transformation of the construction sector in Estonia through public sector leadership and innovation’ by Jaan Saar (Head of Digital Construction Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications) to ‘Construction Procurement Reform in Ireland – how government has reacted to public cost overruns’ by Gerry O’Sullivan from Ireland and ‘Collaboration of BIM and cost management through a real project’ by Balazs Lengyel and Gyorgy Spanyi from Hungary. After the lunch the attendees visited the port of Tallinn were Hele-Mai Metsal (Head of Development Department, Port of Tallinn) gave an insight in the activities at this developing port. Also Anssi Auvinen (AINS Group) shared the latest information on the Helsinki-Tallinn-tunnel FinEstBayArea-project.
The delegates met again on Saturday for the General Assembly of CEEC. The attendees were welcomed by Tarmo Savolainen, president of CEEC with a special welcome for the new delegates Mary Flynn for the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland and Ludovic Jean for Untec in France and guest David Dooks, chairman of the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors. After the report of the financies by general secretary Creon Swaghoven elections for the board took place. Agnete Skytte (Vice President) and Creon Swaghoven (General Secretary) were re-elected for a new term. The last gave then an review of the PAQS meeeting in november last year in Sydney which he attended together with Agnete Skytte.
After a break it was time for the main topic of the assembly: the strategy of CEEC. In 2018C EEC started a discussion about the stratey of CEEC for the next years. With a shared vision that ‘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‘ the member organizations of CEEC were asked how they would like the vision to be realised. Based on this information from the members, the delegates set up working groups to investigate optional actions to meet the goals.
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.
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 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.