Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) hosted the Australasia Commercial Management Conference – 1 June 2023

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Members of our MCE – Management • Commercial • Engineering Team, Brian Keating and Philip Barkman joined fellow industry colleagues from across Australasia and Japan last Thursday at the Australasia Commercial Management Conference, facilitated by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, RICS.

A thoroughly insightful and enjoyable day spent with our fellow peers where several very topical discussions were facilitated on matters such as cost escalation, collaborative contracting models, fair risk apportionment, claims mitigation and management strategies, and the potential future use of AI in construction commercial management.

As is always the case, catching up with industry friends, making new ones and networking with clients was fantastic. Thanks to the RICS for facilitating this event and thanks to all panel members for taking their time to share their expert views on the subject matters.

#mce #Commercialmanagement #expertadvice #Quantitysurveying #claimsmanagement #disputemanagent #neccontract #collaborativecontracting #RICS #BuildbetterMCE #networking #engineering

Date: Jun 8, 2023
AUTHOR: Nicky Fell

Managing infrastructure carbon – new global standard PAS2080

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PAS2080 is the newly revised global standard for managing infrastructure carbon which will be a key enabling tool for carbon reduction.  This standard outlines collaboration, quantifying and reducing the whole life of carbon and understanding the impact across the whole lifecycle from procurement through delivery to end of life.  Our director, Matt Colton, will be presenting a paper at Engineers Australia later this year (2023).

This Low Carbon Concrete Routemap is an urgent part of the overall strategy to reduce carbon emissions. Concrete is the most ubiquitous of construction materials. In the UK it accounts for approximately 1.2% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, although globally the cement production GHG emissions associated with concrete utilisation could be as high as 4.0%-5.0%.  This Routemap can be considered not just as a comprehensive guide to reducing the carbon emissions associated with the construction industry, but also as a unique document in itself – never before have we been able to assemble such a wide range of independent experts working together to tackle this, each of whom has volunteered their time willingly. They represent a full cross-section of the value chain involved in specifying, designing, constructing and supplying materials for buildings and infrastructure. The Routemap sets out recommendations and actions to drive out carbon from concrete. It has been published jointly by the Green Construction Board and the Institution of Civil Engineers to ensure ongoing ownership, commitment and drive.

Date: Apr 27, 2023
AUTHOR: Nicky Fell


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MCE’s Commercial Team specialises in covering all stages of the project lifecycle from Feasibility Study to Procurement to Dispute Resolution and Operations & Maintenance representing consultancy, contractor, owner and operator. The Team has delivered large, complex, multi-disciplined projects including infrastructure (Rail, Motorways, Bridges), heavy civils (tunnelling, Powerhouse), oil and gas (facilities and pipeline), and mixed-use developments under various contractual arrangements across Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.

MCE has a proven track record of the successful completion of projects by efficient contract and commercial management techniques with a sound understanding of project management and construction execution issues including design development, engineering and scheduling.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Contracts Management – Experience with many contracting models (Lump Sum, Design and Build, PPP, reimbursable – cost plus, Alliance, Partnering, Schedule of Rates).
    • Establishing process flowcharts and formats for accurate and effective management of requirements of Project agreements
    • Preparation of Risk and Obligation Matrix
    • Risk and contingency planning and modelling
    • Contract document preparation including terms and risk profile analysis.


  • Commercial Management – Expertise in all aspects of commercial management from Preliminary Estimated Price to Final account close out.
    • Estimation, Budgeting and Forecasting
    • Commercial and risk management strategies
    • Tender preparation and submission
    • Cost Planning
    • Whole of life cost estimate inclusive of CAPEX and OPEX
    • Commercial tender evaluation, analysis and negotiation
    • Final account preparation and agreement
    • Earned value analysis and reporting.


  • Procurement – Lead and involved in all aspects of Procurement of Contractors right from scope identification, through to contractor performance reviews
    • Developing procurement strategies and contract packaging
    • Contract drafting
    • Tendering to Recommendation and Award
    • Market study.


  • Claims Management – Significant experience in the management of complex contract claims representing both Client and Contractor including
    • Commercial dispute avoidance strategy, support and negotiation
    • Dispute Avoidance
    • Dispute Resolution (DRB), Mediation, Arbitration
    • Extension of Claims
    • Settlement Deed.


  • Contractor Management – Extensive experience managing Tier 1, 2 & 3 Contractors for best results.
    • Contracts leadership and advice to project team on site issues
    • Contract administration including progress claims, variation analysis and agreement, commercial reporting
    • Disputes and other various contractual and commercial matters including reviewing and managing contractor performance in compliance with the contract
    • Contract and Commercial management of Interface Contractors.


  • Stakeholder Relationships – Suppliers, Contractors, JV Partners, Asset owners & Government Agencies.
    • Advice in the decision-making process throughout the management of the Project
    • Interface management including identification, co-ordination, managing risks and improvement of relationships.

Date: Apr 17, 2023
AUTHOR: admin

Martin Barnes Awards

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Entry to the Martin Barnes Awards is closing soon – submit your application by this Friday, April 14th to be considered by our panel of esteemed judges including NEC Users’ Group President rudi kleinRekha Thawrani OBE (NEC Global Head), Matt Colton (ICE elected member for Asia-Pacific), and Matthew Garratt (Divisional Commercial Director, Costain).

This year, there are nine categories to choose from, including two new awards, ‘NEC Energy Contract of the Year’ and ‘NEC Consultant of the Year’. The winners will be announced at the Martin Barnes Awards ceremony at One Great George Street, London on 13th July.

Best of luck! We look forward to your submission.

Enter now: https://lnkd.in/eNiUQmb4

#awards2023 #projectmanagement #collaboration #infrastructure #engineering #sustainability #renewableenergy #netzero #facilitiesmanagement #nec4 #BuildbetterMCE

Date: Apr 14, 2023
AUTHOR: Nicky Fell

How should the ICE and engineering profession use CPD to reassure the public?


Matt Colton is a Trustee for the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and wrote the following article for New Civil Engineer magazine.  In the article he articulates how the ICE and the engineering profession use Continuous Professional Development to reassure the public.  Noting that as a professional engineers recognise the need for greater professional accountability.  How do engineers assure society so that postnominal professional qualifications are current, credible and competent? There are different views about how best to satisfy that need, but the engineering profession needs to continually improve.

For those who have access to New Civil Engineer Magazine the article is :


Extract below.

The Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017 was a notable modern disaster. Fire spread the height of the building rapidly, claiming the lives of many and impacting many more. With 72 deaths, this was the largest domestic loss of life since the Second World War.

The fallout from this disaster continues to reverberate today. There have been many questions asked since – how did it happen? Could it have been prevented? How do we ensure nothing like that happens again?

 In 2022, the government introduced the Building Safety Act, setting out statutory standards for some engineers working in high risk buildings. The ICE felt that assuring society that all its engineers are competent was an important step. Through ensuring greater accountability, we hope to provide a sense of safety within society. Using prescribed continuing professional development (CPD) is the method to achieve this.

 Moving towards prescribing CPD is a significant change. The profession has moved from compulsory CPD through mandated recording to recommending prescribed CPD for professionally qualified members in just five years. This speed of change could be unsettling for some who recognise the need for greater professional accountability but have different views about how best to satisfy that need. That is why the Institution is undertaking a member-led consultation.


How is the Institution best able to assure society that postnominal professional qualifications are current, credible and competent?


 The Trustees want members to engage and share their thoughts. How is the Institution best able to assure society that postnominal professional qualifications are current, credible and competent? We will not present the solution but will ask you for your thoughts to help us reach a programme of real utility. It is imperative that any change to CPD policy is promoted, discussed, considered and adjusted accordingly. The Institution’s role is to provide members with what they need, not want. Our strength is in harnessing the profound, impartial wisdom and intellect of our 95,000 members.

We know our members conduct regular and in depth CPD but that does not mean that we have minimised the risk of catastrophic failure. If we cannot clearly demonstrate this, we risk having the competence of the Institution and those holding its qualifications called into question.

Longer term, Trustees will consider why, if other professionals such as doctors conduct periodic career reviews, engineers do not. There are several options: we could keep the status quo; impose regular professional reviews; or there might be a halfway house. 

The prescribed-CPD consultation begins with an exploratory phase in April. There will be a range of webinars, regional events and online debates. I encourage you to promote the importance of professional qualifications and associated through life professional commitment to CPD. It is through focused CPD that practising engineers can demonstrate the competence that in turn assures society that we are fit to provide the infrastructure on which the world depends.


  • Matt Colton is the ICE’s Trustee for membership 

Date: Mar 20, 2023
AUTHOR: Matthew Colton

MCE is awarded ISO 9001 (Quality Management), ISO 45001 (OH&S) and ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) accreditation

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We are excited to announce that MCE has been reapproved for ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management System) and ISO 45001:2018 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System) by an independent third-party assessor. Additionally, we have been newly awarded the ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management System) certification, reflecting our continued commitment to sustainable business practices.READ MORE

Date: Mar 16, 2023
AUTHOR: Nicky Fell

International Women’s Day Event – hosted by “She’s On The Money Australia”

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Our MCE ladies, Clare, Nicky, Annabella and Niousha attended the “She’s On The Money” https://www.shesonthemoney.com.au/ networking breakfast event in celebration of International Women’s Day at the Crystal Ballroom, Luna Park on Friday 10 March 2023.  On a beautiful sunny autumn day in Sydney, 500 (predominantly) women attended the morning event and were treated to:

  • Delicious breakfast canapés
  • Unlimited coffee
  • A gift bag filled with some of SOTM’s favourite brands
  • The opportunity to meet and connect with likeminded people from the “She’s on the Money” community and
  • Incredibly inspiring talks from creator of “She’s On The Money”, Financial Freedom Powerhouse, Victoria Devine and Special Guest Speakers, Melanie Tran and Teela Reid

It’s time to highlight the role that bold, transformative ideas, inclusive technologies and accessible education can play in fighting discrimination and the marginalisation of women around the world.

By championing the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), we can accelerate our progress towards a gender-equal future. So, it’s time to bring together leaders and changemakers who are defining innovation – creating new social, economic and cultural codes for a better future.

Victoria Devine

Founder and host of She’s on the Money, is an award-winning retired financial adviser, helping thousands of people change their relationship with money.  She is a young, influential and driven entrepreneur who pushes the boundaries in not just the finance industry but in a number of charities and nonprofit organizations.

Teela Reid
Teela Reid is a proud Wiradjuri and Wailwan woman and lawyer with experience practising in criminal, civil and administrative law. She is a proud activist and storyteller, who is committed to eliminating systemic racism in our society.

Teela is a key advocate for the Uluru Statement and continues to play a large role in advocating for the Voice to parliament, and in 2022 was awarded the Australian Law Awards Indigenous Leader of the Year and tied to win The Marie Claire Women of The Year 2022 – The Voice of Now Award.

Melanie Tran
Named one of the Top 100 Women of Influence 2019 by the Australian Financial Review, Melanie Tran is a designer, an innovator, an activist, a social entrepreneur.

Melanie’s lived experience, developed skills and knowledge allow for her work to span the disability, health, social impact and technology sectors. With over eight years’ experience, and through her role as a UX Designer at Hireup, Melanie specializes in bringing together the worlds of business, design and social impact.

Date: Mar 10, 2023
AUTHOR: Nicky Fell

Congratulations to NAWIC on 10,000 members!

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MCE would like to congratulate NAWIC on reaching the milestone of 10,000 members.

We are a proud corporate member of NAWIC and share NAWIC’s vision of an equitable construction industry where women fully participate.

MCE’s commitment to gender diversity and inclusion includes:

  • Hiring practices aimed at attracting and promoting more women.
  • Continuing our culture to support initiatives that allow women the opportunity to thrive in our business. This includes flexible working, hybrid working from home, internal mentoring programs and training and investing in continuing professional development.

Our Business Development Lead, Clare Fenwick, is Co-Chair of NAWIC NSW Connections Committee, which is focused on supporting members to build meaningful connections and to prioritise health and wellbeing – another priority of MCE!  Clare and Business Manager, Nicky Fell, recently attended NAWIC’s first Health & Wellbeing Event, sponsored by Adco, where 50 attendees were treated to a Yoga class, oral hygiene talk and delicious meal whilst networking.

We hope that by providing free membership of NAWIC to all our team and encouraging them to take advantage of the wide range of events and support available, we help nurture and sustain a healthy, vibrant, diverse team and industry.

Date: Feb 22, 2023
AUTHOR: Nicky Fell