It’s human nature to advance and filter what’s best for us. Natural selection of species is a qualification process in itself albeit an extremely complicated one… the features and assets that are required to adapt and survive in the world are qualified into each species genome!
This word ‘Qualification’ is key to the fabric of our world economy and civil structures. Everything we do in our day is a qualification process. It’s human nature to advance and filter what’s best for us. Natural selection of species is a qualification process in itself albeit an extremely complicated one… the features and assets that are required to adapt and survive in the world are qualified into each species genome!!
Let’s walk through a couple scenarios to gather an understanding of what my stance is on the word “qualification” at present and how it can be applied:
Qualification Example 1: Purchase of New Car
When it comes to purchasing a car with an aim to save and find the best fit (both for personal, pride, economic and various other reasons) you take your time to qualify the right car.
Now let’s look at another example. You may be wondering where I’m going with this. Hold on for another couple minutes : )
Qualification Example 2: Require Open Heart Quadruple By-Pass Surgery
Now. Let’s follow on with an example from experiences had in the building industry for comparison.
Qualification Example 3: Design & Construction Project – Psychiatric Health Voluntary Stay Facility
No one in a right state of mind would let a General Practitioner with no surgery experience perform open heart surgergy!! This is an extreme example however unfortunately this is what is happening in the building and construction industry we are involved in. I wish I was making this up. Scary to think.
Now imagine the de-valuation process or lack of industry repercussions that are currently taking place.
Lack of Qualification repercussions:
Now let’s look at the same examples from above and offer more perspective. You may ask…that’s fine however you can’t compare open heart surgery, purchasing a car, and building construction to the same problem. That is not the intent in this article. The intent is to explain why smart, practical, qualified decisions lead to better outcomes.
Repercussions & Outcomes to Car Purchase (Example 1):
Repercussions & Outcomes to Surgeon selection for open heart surgery (Example 2):
Repercussions & Outcomes to Unqualified Builder, Contractor, Engineering team (Example 3):
You may see above as an isolated example however NOT TRUE. We see these occurrences time and time again. As I write this post I have an e-mail in my Outlook for a project in Port Hedland we were requested to provide a quote for 3 years ago. They ended up passing on our quote and allowing a mechanical contractor to provide a Design & Construct to meet the client’s budget. Condensation issues are now a major concern to the building and costs to resolve are going to be exorbitant.
Thus is the nature of the building industry. Many professionals are involved in the process of building construction from architect, surveyor, BCA consultant, project manager, engineering consultants, builder, contractors, etc. Trying to hold a team accountable after appointment is nearly impossible (as everyone is just too busy working through their scope). There are typically too many players in the project and too many scope items to be resolved once everyone is given their Purchase Order to proceed. Qualifying the team from DAY 1 is the best hedge, insurance policy for a client and developer to minimise the risk to DE-valuing a property development from the start.
We stress that when a project feasibility takes place the client / developer is MORE responsible for qualifying his team than anyone. A project’s outcomes are already written in stone upon engagenement of your professional team. The only variable to the outcomes are the timing of delivery.
The client / developer is also ULTIMATELY responsible for qualifying their own ideas & projects in the first place. If a careful due diligence & feasibility was carried out in a suitable manner with integrity, honesty and perspective then the viability of a project actually going ahead successfully with qualified risk can be proven from DAY ‘O’.
“Those who constantly qualify everything and have no opinions of their own are ultimately just as incapable of tolerance.”
So let’s ask the question now… why hire qualified engineers for your development projects?
“QUALIFICATIONS, TRUST AND EDUCATION”
What we seek with our key and valued client base in the industry is:
The opposite to above key elements we seek are of course “lack of qualification, lack of trust, and lack of education.” This 3 part series will delve into Trust & Education further in the coming weeks. These elements currently tend to drive the market currently (be it booming or bust ironically).
At Froster Engineering (www.frosterengineering.com.au) we practice what we preach as our engineers are Degree Qualified and either hold PE / Chartered Status or are seeking. We want our clients to know that we are passionate to maintain and prove our merit and qualifications on their key development projects. We respect our qualifications as much as we respect the large amount of time, value and effort the projects our client’s are looking to create require.
You may ask why I’m so passionate re: this topic. Everything we do and are striving for the market to achieve with respect to sustainable, smart, practical design is impacted by above.
See below take home in wrapping this post up. Note we rent an office tenancy nearby where this photo took place. We advised the owner of the paint shop who recently installed this new evaporative cooling unit that the location of the condensing units within 1m of the unit will greatly diminish performance, i.e. dumping 50 Deg C air from the side blow condenser fan to one of 3 open intakes on the evap unit. Thus nearly 33% of the airflow will see a much higher temperature on entry. The installer may have been qualified and had a proven record for evaporative unit installations, however you can clearly see a qualified engineer was not involved in the process. We offered our $0.02 to the owner no charge and are still awaiting an opportunity to take a new photo of this site, i.e. with the blanking panel on the same side facing the unit. Two weeks in and we see the same arrangement has not changed. Try expounding this small example across a larger scale project and try to list all the either unknown issues or simply matters that are brushed under the rug as “too late, already installed.”
To avoid your job going PEAR shaped PLEASE do yourself a favour and QUALIFY QUALIFY QUALIFY!!
Have a look at this cool video and you can get a better understanding of why this is important. President Barak Obama was strong enough to disqualify himself from a US Presidential run in 2004. We all know waiting was not an issue and in fact he ended up winning 2 terms as President. He was not getting ahead of himself and QUALIFIED HIMSELF BRILLIANTLY! : )
Froster Engineering has successfully delivered the mechanical services for our recent 10,000m2 office building in Joondalup. Jeff worked enthusiastically and collaboratively with our design te... read more
Froster Engineering has successfully delivered the mechanical services for our recent 10,000m2 office building in Joondalup. Jeff worked enthusiastically and collaboratively with our design team to help deliver the first 5 Star Green Star office building in Joondalup. Jeff’s attention to detail, the client brief and onsite construction supervision has been appreciated and ensured we have been delivered a quality commercial development for the long term. I look forward to the ongoing relationship and future project opportunities.