I’m motivated by how we can use and create value in construction project from data in the industry. From the very start of my career, I have had ICT and digitalization on my agenda. As a client consultant (bygherrerådgiver) I have been helping clients translate their digital needs into practical solutions and provide strategic advice on their digital setup for construction, handover and building operations. I have been a part of multiple projects and can see that the potential for managed structured data from digital quantity surveying (calculations of CO2, Cost etc.) is often not fulfilled. A potential that I have dedicated myself to fulfil now here in KOSMOS.
Benjamin has his background in the architecture industry, specializing in the early design phases of quality architecture projects. As a Construction Architect, Benjamin has hands on design phase experience - ranging from the outline proposal through to the client handover. His main tasks have been to navigate within the Danish building regulations and ISO standards, to ensure compliance between architectural design and any predefined regulations. He has experience working across multiple platforms used within the Danish construction sector, with most of the best practise software available. As an ICT-coordinator, Benjamin has experience making sure that the design teams have a shared platform to work from and how to take advantage of shared parameters within BIM-models.
I developed a keen interest in Construction from a very young age as my Father was a plumber. At 18, I managed to secure a job as a labourer through my Dad's network which really was an invaluable experience and further reinforced my ambition of becoming a Chartered Surveyor. Following this, I progressed onto University to undertake my studies to pursue my goals. Unfortunately, when I graduated in 2009 the market wasn’t exactly flush with opportunities. As a result, I found myself working in non-construction related roles for several years before entering back into the sector in 2014. Retrospectively this experience was hugely beneficial as I was able to develop several key skills that I have successfully transferred into my role as a Quantity Surveyor. Throughout my Surveying career, I have only worked for consultancies advising clients on costs and commercial aspects for a wide variety of projects ranging in values between 1,000,000 DKK to 1.5B DKK
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I believe that there are changes that are happening within the Danish construction industry in terms of commercial management of projects. The issuance of AB18, ABT18, and YBL18 is an inevitable result of a long process of globalization and modernization in the industry, which had clarified and identified clear demands and responsibilities in economy management in the project. Together with KOSMOS co-founders and colleagues, we share a belief that simplification, standardization, transparency, and collaboration are keys to improving how we deliver our projects commercially. Cost manager/Quantity surveyor would manage economy in a clear process, professional manner, and operating in all phases as a ‘stand-alone’ discipline, and at the same time have close collaboration and frequent dialog across other disciplines in project.Click to read my story
Elia Gonzalez Salas
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I envision a change in mindset that moves us to develop better practices even when there is not a latent problem. Having abundance won’t prevent us finding a better way to utilise the resources available. In the construction industry we generally work with alot of funding for our projects. This won’t let us lose sight when it comes to better optimisation of the investment, be it time, money or efforts. We would rather not waste it over time due to poor planning or lack of control, even if the budget can afford it. There is no need to find a problem when looking for better solutions. There is no need to waste resources if it can be transformed into a better return.Click to read my story
For as long as I can remember I have been involved in some kind of construction project, from early age I came along my father when he was building our farm. At 14 years of age I began working for the local carpenter and from then I have been in the construction industry on all sides of the table. The last years I have been focused on client advisory, as a commercial manager which has brought invaluable experience within the industry. We all know that the construction industry is very steady and not easy to change existing processes. But I believe that the focus on digital solutions and the emerging circular economics will change the industry to more transparency and clarity.
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As an information designer, I believe the key to introducing best practice, in any industry, is through communication. My role in Kosmos is not only to develop and convey a strong and fully integrated brand but to also facilitate the communication of the strategic production processes developed and practised by Kosmos and their vision which will be fully accessible industry-wide. Heather has an MA in Design of Experiences from the Sandberg Instituut and a BA in Visual Communications from DIT.
My interest into the field of construction came when I realized how much the whole industry could evolve, with the right mindset. I believe there is a lot of opportunity to optimize, both in the way of using new technology but also by changing people’s way of thinking. I have been working in civil with execution, with my main tasks being developing claims for work which were not included in the main contract. What I observed most doing my years in execution, is that the preparation for meetings about “costs”, most of the times either were pushed, or people came unprepared. This problem often happened because people going to these meetings rarely knew what the claims were about. A solution to this problem could be using true professionals handling the cost, from start to finish, and making the whole process of cost management more digitized. It’s a long process to change a whole industry, of how things are done and the use of newer technology, but I believe it’s a step in the right direction both in the form of earnings for the industry as a whole, but also to make the industry a whole less stressful.Click to read my story
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I have been involved in construction for over 30 years as a 'cost guy' for; sub-contractors, contractors, private investors, cost consultants and engineers. As an expat I've enjoyed seeing how the issues of budget estimates, business cases and cost control are handled in different countries and cultures. I've also enjoyed the opportunities to specialise in highly specific sub-fields (master planning, business cases, MEP and claims). The marketplace is always changing / evolving and there are always gaps in the market.
Founder / Chief Commercial Specialist / Quantity Surveyor /
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I have a vision where we alter current processes, procedures and change how we deliver construction projects in Denmark. I believe that construction is a simple process, but complicated by the lack of clear planning and focus. Imagine if we mirrored the automotive industry where we treat construction as a multitude of different production processes. They must be clearly understood and strategically planned. Each piece comes before the next and this is clearly understood, pre-planned and optimised. The cost of designing and constructing would reduce dramatically if we brought a more scientific approach to these deliveries. This isn’t a difficult task and has already started to happen with BIM, we are already building virtually, what if we took it to the next level where 4D played a more interactive roll?Click to read my story