Presidents Message

March 2020


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Dear Colleagues,

8 & 9 July 2020 – SAVE THE DATE!

Starting the new decade as we mean to continue, ACostE is holding a conference at Birmingham City University on 8 & 9 July, with the overarching theme of ‘The Future Role of Project Controls’. Since any event is only ever as good as its content, we have issued a call for presentations to all members. If you would like to be considered for inclusion, please see the e-mailed flyer and call for papers shown on the back cover of this journal, responding to vanessa@acoste.org.uk.

Also marking the start of a new decade, the first meeting of the revitalised Engineering & Manufacturing Community (EMC) has taken place at Bentley Motors in Crewe (see news item on page 23). The event was well attended and the presentations prompted interesting discussions and food for thought – with the cost engineering team from Bentley Motors worthy of particular mention with their presentation of a view of cost engineering from those at the start of their career path. As a result, the next event will be in approx. three months, with a theme around career progression, staff retention, accreditation and the role of higher education. The EMC event attendees included both physical and virtual attendees – we will look to expand our virtual offering as we move forward.

This association exists for the benefit of the members, as a learned society and a centre of excellence in the topics of cost engineering, cost estimating, planning and scheduling, and project controls. We need to grow our membership (especially in the planning sector) so that we can increase the services that we offer, and continue to raise the profile of our profession. I therefore encourage everyone to spread the word about what we do, and invite colleagues and friends to our conference and the EMC meetings.

Regards
Angela Pammenter 
President, ACostE