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TRANSACTIONS QUANTITY SURVEYOR COMPANY EXPANDS ITS BUSINESS England-based CQS Solutions has joined forces with Bowen Consultants Ltd, which has offices in North Wales. The expanded team includes 10 quantity surveyors headed by

principal surveyor and company owner, Tim Lloyd, and backed by business support staff. Lloyd said the move would expand the team and knowledge base on offer to clients whilst maintaining the ethos of personal service.

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AI integrated tools and applications being used within engineering and architecture,” chose a few, applied corrections, and then added a few more. When significant disruption hits the AEC industry, how do you ensure that your firm is at the forefront of the adoption curve? Your firm’s likelihood of being an early adopter comes down to two things: awareness of industry developments and willingness to invest/commit to change. Firms must have a finger on the pulse of the industry and be aware of new technology when it becomes available. Here are a few ways to do this: 1. Participate in organizations. Get involved with AIA, NSPE, ABC, or whichever professional organization suits you best. This allows you to stay up to date with the latest industry trends, network with others in the field, and gain valuable contacts and resources. 2. Attend industry events. There are many options out there. Zweig Group offers a variety of training seminars and events. Let us know if you would like to get involved so we can get you plugged in (at the 2022 ElevateAEC Conference, a panel called “Engineering Efficiency with Automation and Software” spoke about topics such as these). 3. Know your competition. Keep up with what your competitors are doing, using their website and social media to see what new products, services, and strategies they may be implementing. 4. Keep up with industry white papers. These are a great way to stay informed on the latest trends and advancements within our industry, as well as gain insight into what competitors are doing. You likely have organizations that you admire from afar – this is a great way to keep up with their latest movements. 5. Subscribe to trade journals/newsletters/magazines. Get connected. Publications such as The Zweig Letter help keep your organization up-to-date on recent developments in our industry. If you’re actively participating, you’ll maximize your likelihood of being an early adopter. Once your firm has consistent awareness regarding new developments within the AEC space, the organization needs to be willing to experiment, invest, and adapt when these tools become available. Start small by testing these applications for their true capability as they’re developed. There will be many with big claims – and you will need to determine which are the best fit for your firm. Adopting new technology doesn’t (usually) come free and firms will need to be both fiscally and mentally prepared for a new normal. Travis White is a strategy and operations advisor at Zweig Group. Contact him at twhite@

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