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How To Win And Manage Construction Projects

It explains the working of the Industry in a practical sense to a young Engineer, – the Conditions, Types, Risks, claims, disputes, frauds, pricing etc. The book supplement what the engineers have already studied and thus, they are in a better position to handle their jobs.

It is also helpful for those who seek careers in the construction industry, particularly in China, India and Middle East where Cost Engineering has not developed yet, compared to countries such as United Kingdom & Australia where many university offer degree Courses in Quantity Surveying and related fields.

How To Win And Manage Construction Projects is a truly valuable read for those who plan to take engineering as their career path.

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Irregularities, Frauds and The Necessity of Technical Auditing in Construction Industry

Though construction auditing is practically performed by accountants in all parts of the world, the author feels that this should be done by engineers with proper training and accreditation. Further, the author feels that it is necessary to spend at least one dollar for auditing for every thousand dollars spent to see whether the money is spent wisely. This is very important in case of public money.

The construction industry as a whole is infested with irregularities and frauds–so much so that estimated losses hover around 10% of industry valuation, an amount which will reach in excess of US$1 trillion by 2020. To put it in a live context, construction industry losses will equal the combined GDPs of Saudi Arabia and South Africa on the said year.

If the existing internal and external auditing system does not bring in 0.5%(1/20 of the estimated waste) as savings on a regular basis, then it can be safely assumed that the system needs modifications or complete overhaul. Ameer deals with basic guide lines for technical auditing of construction to bring in savings. He also gives a set of proposals for future improvements of the existing system. The same can be used in developing countries or modified to suit each or any country’s requirements.

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How to Be Successful at Interviews

The Author is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Arbitrator and Certified Construction Auditor with over 40 years of experience in the construction field. He had the habit of working in the Middle East for a year, take a vacation for one year to rest with the family and then take another job. This cycle continued for about 20 years till he finally settled down in a prestigious Government establishment. This resulted in many interviews and some of the successful interview experiences, which are real, unique and first hand are given in this book.

In addition to his interview experiences, owing to the wide exposure to the construction industry, he is fully aware of the requirements that the Employers look in order to have a perfect or good fix. The Employers concerns such as the following are addressed in the book:

-Why should we hire you?
-What can you do for us that other candidates can’t?
-What are your key strength and weakness?

Facing interview/s is a present day necessity to secure a job. This book should be in every home. It can also serve as ideal gift.

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Handbook for Technical Auditors of the Construction Industry

Construction auditing on government funded constructions is a requirement for mandatory check & balance of the expenditure of public funds, have been going on for a long time, may be a century. This auditing exercise is traditionally carried out by Financial Accountants. The governments world over started investing heavily on the infrastructure constructions in the 80’s and the print and visual media started highlighting massive corruptions in government funded constructions and were quite correctly seeking answers to for these wastages of public funds. To address such concerns, the Financial Auditing Institutions created a new system for construction known as Performance auditing. Although this concept of Performance auditing looked good on paper with good selected terminology, it has failed to deliver the results owing to the non-availability of proper technical skills on the part of the auditors and the absence of suitable measurements. This is allowed to continue for decades till to date. This can be considered as a historical mistake in the history of auditing. This raises a fundamental question, as to why the auditing on govt. construction failed as evidenced by the fact of world record loss on a regular basis on construction owing to frauds. So much so, that according to Transparency International the loss on Government construction has reached upwards of US $ 4 Trillion per year. That is US $ 7.61 million per minute now, with possibility of increase further in the future as global construction shall increase and there is no tangible system to correct this mess.

The facts are very clear even to an ordinary man on the street, let alone a professional. The government construction auditing or the Performance auditing as it is known now to be a Technical auditing and the same to be done by trained construction professionals with suitable technical auditing standards. There should be a union for such auditors for the profession to evolve to reach its intended purpose.

This is the ideal time as there is a general global willingness to punish corrupt officers as evidenced by tough govt. legislations followed by high profile cases in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, China and others. The same is highlighted in the recent Position Paper (Volume 1, Issue 7-April 2015) by the Global Organisation of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC).

This book shall serve as the beginning in that long process.

This book shall also serve as a reference book for all construction professionals both practicing and students pursuing construction related studies in the universities as it gives an insight of the working of construction industry and thereby creating an awareness regarding this record construction losses, thus contributing to bring a correction mechanism in the near future.

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