On Tuesday, 23rd September 2014, WIT's Department of Architecture was delighted to host a collaborative lecture and seminar on “Cost Planning at the Early Design Stage”. The event proved to be a very constructive interdisciplinary collaboration between staff and students from Construction Management, Quantity Surveying and Building Services Engineering in the Department of the Built Environment with Architecture and Architectural Technology in the Department of Architecture.
The leader of the seminar was guest speaker Oliver Wrunsch from Berlin, Germany, who returned to WIT for the 5th time to deliver the half-day-workshop. Oliver trained both as an Architect and Quantity Surveyor and now runs the Cost Planning Department of the building design company of the German railway "Deutsche Bahn". He is a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and has been a regular instructor on "Cost Planning" with the German Institutes of Architects throughout the country.
Oliver used his innovative and methodical approach to cost planning during the cost survey of a case study building being used by some of the students in their current project, Part of the exercise included a comparison of building costs in Ireland, Germany and other European countries. The concluding comment of the students was that a great knowledge of working in an interdisciplinary environment was gained and they look forward to many more integrated projects during their courses of study in the school of engineering and beyond.