Quantity Surveying Research Conference

The South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession (SACQSP) and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) invite you to join us for another informative and worthwhile gathering of likeminded individuals. The ninth SACQSP Research Conference provides an internationally endorsed forum for academics, post-graduate researchers and practitioners to address and debate the key challenges affecting not only the Quantity Surveying Profession, but all built environment professions.
The South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession has long understood the importance of research for the growth and sustainability of the profession. This Council has, and will continue to provide a platform for debate and the sharing of knowledge by quantity surveyors, other built environment professionals and academics in the form of an annual research conference.
The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Quantity Surveying Department has been selected to be the event and content organisers of the ninth Research Conference. NMMU has placed transformation high on its list of priorities. In order to remain relevant and continue to be leaders in our field, the theme of “Sea-change: Navigating the waves of changes” has been proposed for this Quantity Surveying Research Conference.
“Sea-change” is a pun. We want to “see change”, and we want it to start here, at the “Campus by the sea”, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. 
The term has been defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as an “alteration or metamorphosis [or] a radical change”.  It dates back further than that, to Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”, in which the spirit Ariel sings:
Nothing of him that doth fade, 
But doth suffer a sea-change,
Into something rich, & strange.
These words remind us that change is difficult. It is to “suffer”, but it is also to emerge “richer”, more valuable. It is not about losing the essence of who we are, but rather adding to it in significant, forward-focused ways.
The proposed sub-themes for the conference are:
  • Competition and competitiveness
  • Contracts, dispute resolution and ethics
  • Education and training
  • Entrepreneurship and business modelling
  • Environment, adaptation and sustainability
  • Equality and diversity
  • Infrastructure development
  • Innovation and technology


Wednesday, 19 October 2016 - 1pm

Estimating workshop

Facilitator: Mr Johann Slabber

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 - 1pm

Academic writing workshop

Facilitator: Prof Louise Vincent


Thursday, 20 October 2016 - 9:30am

Corporate and personal transformation keynote speaker

Ms Bronwyn Crawford

Thursday, 20 October 2016 - 2pm

South African economy outlook keynote speaker

Mr Sizwe Nxedlana

Friday, 21 October 2016 - 8am

Leadership keynote speaker

Mrs Lynette Ntuli

Friday, 21 October 2016 - 2pm

Business strategy keynote speaker

Mrs Chantell Ilbury



Further Information

Prof Gerrit Crafford
Associate Professor


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