Today I talk about the cost to build a football stadium, the decisions and cost drivers, and the social value associated with them, sometimes controversial, often refutable.
Please subscribe to the Cost of Everything Podcast on Apple podcast or Spotify. You can also find me on Twitter @costofpodcast and on LinkedIn. This week I cover the Suez canal, looking at how much it costs, and a brief summary of its value for money. The Suez Canal is a 120 mile man-made waterway. It stretches from Port Said on […]
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As estimators, do we consider the whole value chain in our analysis of the costs and benefits of a product or project?
This week, I talked with Ricardo Valerdi, Professor in Systems and Industrial Engineering at the University of Arizona (link to the episode here). We talked about Ricardo’s research in cost estimating, how he applied estimating principles to sports analytics, and how storytelling with data is an important skill for the future estimator. Please subscribe on […]
In this episode I discuss the cost of carbon with Dr Katherine Ibbotson (listen here), programme carbon and cost manager at the Environment Agency. Kat incorporates carbon cost estimating into the decision-making process, and has worked nationally with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Institute of Civil Engineers on the topic of carbon […]
I talked with Sanathanan Rajagopal, the current Chairman of the Society of Cost Analysis and Forecasting (SCAF) and Qinetiq Fellow. We talked about the future of estimating and how big data, AI and machine learning means working smarter not harder. Because of new tools, software, there is an expectation that estimates should be produced quicker. […]
This week I interviewed Dr Anne Velenturf (download the mp3 here). We talked about the practical elements of the Circular Economy, and how this could affect decision-making going forward. There are some radical ideas covered in this interview, that I think should be given serious consideration in investment decision-making in a Post-Covid lockdown world. Please […]
In the next episode I discuss the practical implications of the Circular Economy with Dr Anne Velenturf. We talk about how implementing Circular Economy principals affects decision-makers and whether social value should be monetised. Episode available from 14th September 2020
Crossrail Cost So, first, let’s talk about Cross Rail, a high profile UK rail project, some would say as the precursor and example of how HS2 (High speed Rail) will fare over the next 10 years. Crossrail is a new underground railway, which will be known as the Elizabeth line (purple on the tube map) […]