Re-Engineering Total Cost Management – 2nd Call for Papers for ICEC 2014 – IX World Congress in Milan, Italy


11 December 2013 – London, UK – The International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC) will hold its 9th World Congress in Milan, Italy during 20-22 October 2014.  Their Call for Papers is open until 15 February 2014.  Abstracts for papers to be presented at the ICEC 2014 – IX World Congress are invited on a variety of project management and cost management topics. Visit congress website at http://www.icec2014.it/.

131211-pmwj18-icec-IMAGEThe serious global crisis of financial markets has become an economic problem, which is trickling down to impact projects. This has caused a decline of both manufacturing and consumption. Investment in production appears to be the one way to overcome the crisis.  One obstacle to this is the lack of resources of national Governments, which swamped by excessive debt. Limited funds for large public projects are compelling careful focus on project performance, economy and efficiency.

Also, Owner organizations are experiencing a progressive decrease of profit margin. To compete in the international market, these Enterprises are endeavouring to maximize production to the extreme, with new risk factors, that must be evaluated and monitored. The Total Cost Management (TCM) community, urged by market challenges such as expenditures control, transparency, production efficiency, and risk management, has become increasingly aware of the process of scope, purpose and return on investment. This brought TCM to assume a crucial role: not just professional practice but a governance and control mechanism that provides value for money.

The aim of this Congress is to illustrate significant international experiences and practices, with the goal of correlating needs and achieved results to facilitate a greater dissemination of TCM on a global scale, at a time in which cost control and profitability issues have reached and touched all levels of society, who realize now the possible consequences of individual economic choices and factors.

Potential topics for abstracts, papers and presentations include:

  • Strategic projects decisions and cost control in public administrations;
  • Company profitability increase using TCM;
  • From project control to company control with TCM practices;
  • The new frontiers of building information modeling (BIM);
  • Health care projects (a new field for the implementation of TCM practices);
  • Global projects in difficult times;
  • Long term projects controlling;
  • Owner/contractor/professional issues;
  • Estimating: art or science?
  • Project risk management and control;
  • Programme risk sharing;
  • Claim and dispute resolution;
  • Individual and corporate training and certification;
  • Teaching and coaching TCM practice to young people;
  • Methodologies and quantitative methods to support TCM

For instructions for authors, go to the congress website at http://www.icec2014.it/. Abstracts must be emailed as attachments to [email protected].

The ICEC 2014 – IX World Congress is being organized by The Italian Association for Total Cost Management (AICE).

The International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC) is a nonpolitical and nonprofit organization which was founded in 1976 with the object of promoting cooperation between national and multinational cost engineering, quantity surveying and project management organizations worldwide for their mutual wellbeing and that of their individual members. ICEC member societies are located in more than 40 countries, and have chapters or sections in many additional countries. Through these chapters and sections, ICEC has access to more than 120,000 cost engineers and project managers in over 120 different nations. Regular ICEC meetings are attended by delegates of the member societies where subjects of common interests are exchanged and discussed. Each member society has one vote on the Council. Visit http://www.icoste.org/.