24 August 2010
A graduate quantity surveyor from international consultancy, WYG will be speaking at next week’s RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) annual construction, building and real estate research conference in Paris.
Maria McNamee, 23, was chosen to speak at the conference, called COBRA 2010, about her research into the practice of risk management by cost consultants in Northern Ireland.
Last year Maria, from Belfast, won two awards from the RICS (Northern Ireland Branch) for ‘Best Student in Final Year - Quantity Surveying’ and ‘The RICS Arthur Hill Memorial Prize’ for academic excellence.
With around 100,000 qualified members and over 50,000 students and trainees in over 140 countries, RICS provides the world's leading professional qualification in land, property, construction and the associated environmental issues.
“I look forward to the opportunity to represent WYG and deliver the main findings of my research at the COBRA conference next week,” said Maria.
“My research was based on the practice of risk management by Northern Ireland cost consultants. It established that there is a severe need to bridge the void between the theories and techniques used to manage risk and those which are implemented in practice. It highlighted that there is a necessity to train consultants in the practice of risk management and educate clients in the benefits of enforcing risk management practices as an integral part of project delivery,” she added.
Maria graduated at University of Ulster Jordanstown with first class honours in Quantity Surveying and has worked for WYG for four years, initially on a part-time basis until she graduated in 2009. She has worked on a range of projects including Saint Anne’s Square, Belfast, RoyalVictoriaHospital, Belfast and Critical Care and Treatment Centres, Belfast.
The conference will be held on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 September 2010 at the DauphineUniversity in Paris.