After getting my degree in Spain as architectural technician, and later as civil engineer, I moved to Manchester (UK) back in 2012. There I started my connection with the quantity surveyor roll, working for a medium size contractor. Specialized mainly in refurbishment projects, I have worked with offices, schools, NHS health centres and hospitals. In 2018 I moved here in Denmark, working for Currie and Brown as project manager for an international client. After few months working for a UK based consultancy firm and later for Kosmos, I joined MOE Cost management department. There I have been working for almost 3 years in a variety of tasks, mainly at design stage but also at construction phase. Now I re-join Kosmos to hopefully help the team getting simplification, standardization, transparency and collaboration as the much needed foundations for the construction industry.
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.
After graduating with a degree in Quantity Surveying, I began working on various data centre projects throughout Europe, working for M&E contractors throughout the project execution phase. While working on these data centres for blue chip technology companies, it became clear to me that despite these companies being front runners in the development of new and innovative technologies, the construction methods being implemented on their sites were still very traditional. The massive scale of these projects has resulted in vast amounts of potential value creation being missed out on. Since joining KOSMOS, I have realised how much value can be created through the greater use of standardisation, digitalisation, and collection of quality data. I aim to continually bring this additional created value back to the client as I continue my career here at KOSMOS.
Co-Founder / Chief Commercial Manager / Cost Manager /
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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
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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
I graduated from the Copenhagen School of Design and Technology with a BSc (Hons) in Architectural Technology and Construction Management in 2014. Later that year I moved to London to work as BIM Coordinator at Foster + Partners where I got to work on some truly amazing large-scale projects such as Battersea Power Station in London and Ferring’s new headquarter, Soundport, in Kastrup, Copenhagen. During my time as a BIM Coordinator I enjoyed the great design challenges and collaborative work that comes from working within BIM, but I decided that I wanted to add more substance to my career and I wanted to be more directly involved with the clients. I set out to pursue a career as a Cost Manager and prior to working at Kosmos, I worked as an Assistant Cost Manager with Gardiner & Theobald and Rider Levett Bucknall where I worked on a wide array of projects ranging from Hospitals, Hotels, Pharmaceuticals, Shared Workspaces, Offices, Multi Complexes, Metro Stations, Schools, Spas to Theatres where I worked across all RIBA stages from early planning, concept, technical design, construction to handover. I find it immensely rewarding being trusted and developing a personal relationship with the client where I guide, advice and ensure they have their expectations met, feel secure and informed throughout the duration of the project.
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.
Freja has extensive experience in commercial management/cost management both as a consultant and contractor from the UK and Denmark. She has spent years working in the commercial management department in the UK and has recently relocated to Denmark. Working in the UK on projects from £1m to £35m, using traditional procurement, design and build and PPP. She has worked on post contract as a Quantity Surveyor setting up subcontract contracts, , claims management and valuations. She also has experience within the expert witness industry handling quantitative assessments and analysis on adjudication claims. This experience has strengthened her understanding and knowledge of contract management and the value in robust contract structures. All the above have added to Freja’s commercial strength and make her a valuable addition to any team
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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
Coming from a mixed background between architecture, construction management, and business, I have learnt that successful projects of all kinds do not emerge from a single idea or person but require extensive communication on different levels to achieve the greatest possible effect. As a trained architectural technologist and a professional BIM coordinator specializing in Revit, I see that the potential of BIM as a catalyst for an integrated professional practice is yet far from being utilized fully. During the years of my professional experience, I have gained a significant amount of understanding regarding project design stages and had a chance to realize that the technical aspects of my role were far less crucial than the planning, coordinating, and managing skills. I think the information approach to the project is a design problem deserving the same care and attention as the project schedule and management plan. By the next decade, the challenges of design integration will multiply not only by the increasing amount of data but also by the growing complexity and interconnectivity of decisions made by multiple consultants. I hope to help solve these industry issues when working together with Kosmos.
Patrick graduated from the Cork Institute of Technology with a 2:1 in Quantity Surveying in 2017. Since then, Patrick has grown his experience in two significant industries working as a Cost Manager in both Mission Critical and Pharma-based projects based in Europe, working alongside high-profile clients. Patrick has vast experience working with multiple contractors/project leads and liaising with multi-office-based personnel in a highly client-focused position, communicating with numerous clients daily through various mediums. Patrick has strong problem-solving skills from analysing cost and contractual issues that arise daily and developing practical solutions that protect the Client's interest and maintain the project’s schedule. Patrick has progressed his knowledge with pre-contract experience, having gained the opportunity to work alongside high-profile clients based here in Denmark working for KOSMOS. Keen to develop a solid work base relationship and knowledge in the Danish Construction industry, working alongside like-minded individuals on new and exciting projects.
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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