L2B Blog: What are Projects all about?

What are Projects all about?

The question I get asked the most being a Projects researcher is… ‘What are Projects all about?‘.

It is early days in 2018 and my understanding levels are still rebooting after the holidays. I thought I would try and provide an explanation that may be a little tongue in cheek and also help people remember easily what Projects are all about. So, in my analogy, I decided to do a comparison between Projects and Fishing (in my head this means only fly fishing, but you can use most fishing for this analogy).

 

Projects vs Fishing

What happens in a Project? Well, we follow the full life cycle of the Project (think of it like your life, from birth until your eventual end). Now a Project can be broken into a few defining stages, which is how we put our information into groups to make it easier to follow, understand and find your best area of benefit from a business perspective. So without further adieu, here are the various stages broken down for your ease of reference.

 

 

Projects Planning
 

Conceptual

Projects

This consists of the appointing of the Client or Developer, Feasibility study, acquiring of funding and Request for Proposals (RFP).

Fishing

Your mind starts hatching a plan for getting away and going fishing. You are looking at your bank balance and wondering if this is a feasible decision.

(Click here for examples of this Project stage)

 

Procedural

Projects

Here the basic design is conceived along with the geotechnical study, EIA process, Town Planning and appointment of Professionals who will carry out these and other duties.

Fishing

You begin to look at the calendar and note when the public holidays are, what the weather is expected to be at the time (we all know how that effects fishing), the distance needed to travel and the people that will be involved in this trip.

(Click here for examples of this Project stage)

 

Design

Projects

The detailed design is completed and the Bill of Quantities prepared.

Fishing

You search fishing forums and websites, as well as Trip Advisor, Lodges and Google reviews for the best places to visit that, will supply your (fly) fishing needs.

(Click here for examples of this Project stage)

 

Projects Construction Design

Tender

Projects

The Project is sent to an Invited list of Bidders to Tender or goes out to Open Tender and once the Bids are received, negotiations with Contractors proceed.

Fishing

You make a decision on where you are going to fish and stay; book and pay. You alight in your chariot with all the correct tackle and head to your destination.

(Click here for examples of this Project stage)

 

Awarded

Projects

The Main Contractor is Awarded and applies for permits to begin on site.

Fishing

The weather is perfect, the fishing permit is in hand and as your line sinks into the watery depths, you feel a definite tug as you hook what feels like a bus of a fish.

(Click here for examples of this Project stage)

 

Projects Awarded

Underway

Projects

The process goes ahead with Site Handover, Site Establishment and the commencement of the actual construction work.

Fishing

Your experience and skills come into play in fighting your fish, cleverly steering it away from weeds and avoiding logs and rocks.

(Click here for examples of this Project stage)

 

Complete/Cancelled/Postponed

Projects

The project is either classified as Complete, Cancelled or is Postponed.

Fishing

You successfully land the fish, or you lose the fish. The line wraps around either a tree, gets stuck in the weed or the hook breaks and the fish lives to fight another day.

(Examples can be found on the following links: Complete, Cancelled, Postponed Project stages)

 

Projects vs Fly fishing

 

 

And there you have it! Projects explained in a fresh and easy way. Parcels of information that help your business get a foot in the door at the right time. If you want to find out which stages are the best for what you do, take a look at ‘At which point in the Project Life Cycle can your Business find Value‘.

If you want to take a look at the other services we provide, you can take a look at ‘Snoop our Services‘.

How many fish are you planning to catch this year? Which of those fish will keep your Business in the black? Maybe taking a look at our Project service will help your Business and get you out fishing more often. If you are interested, pop me a comment on the Blog with your mail address or mail me at CarmenB@L2B.co.za and I will be sure to be in contact with you.

 

Until then, have a fantastic day.

 

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L2B Blog: How to study to become a Facilities Manager? A look at internships and universities

 

If you are looking to study to become a Facilities Manager, then I imagine you already know what might be involved. If not, please see below:

 

What is a Facilities Manager?

A facilities manager is the ultimate organiser, making sure that a workplace meets the needs of employees by managing all of the required services.

 

A Facilities Manager will be responsible for the management of services and processes that support the core business of an organisation and ensures that an organisation has the most suitable working environment for its employees and their activities.

This is a diverse field with a range of responsibilities, which are dependent on the structure and size of the organisation.
Facilities managers are involved in both strategic planning and day-to-day operations, particularly in relation to buildings and premises. Likely areas of responsibility include:
• building and grounds maintenance;
• cleaning;
• catering and vending;
• health and safety;
• procurement and contract management;
• security;
• space management;
• utilities and communications infrastructure.
The duties will probably vary depending on the nature of the organisation, but will generally focus on using best business practice to improve efficiency, by reducing operating costs while increasing productivity. A facilities manager can be employed in all sectors and industries and the diversity of the work is reflected in the range of job titles, for example, operations, estates, technical services, asset or property manager.

 

Salary:

I’m sure the end result when deciding to study to become a Facilities Manager, is to be employed as such and have some idea of the competitiveness of the salary. Obviously, this would depend on your experience and the organisation you end up working for. According to Payscale Human Capital: “Facilities Manager Salary (South Africa): A Facilities Manager earns an average salary of R357,994 per year. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down significantly for the few employees with more than 20 years’ experience. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.” Let me reiterate, this a statistical average that takes all manner of different variables into account.

 

Vacancies:

The next question is, are there opportunities for Facilities Managers out there? When doing my research, I found any number of vacancies advertised on any number of advertising sites. The job descriptions varied from company to company, as would be expected. Duties ranged from budgeting and routine site inspections to managing staff and getting your hands dirty, with handyman skills and qualifications. The remuneration offered ranged from R16,000.00 a month to R30 000.00; often dependent on qualifications, experience and the extent of the duties required.

 

Learnerships:

It’s at this time of the year, that I see a lot more Learnerships and Bursaries being advertised in the media. However, when looking specifically for “Facilities Management”, I can’t say any jumped out at me. Due to the diverse and varied nature of the job, I can’t imagine it’s as clear-cut as some professions. Based on the variety of formal qualifications required/requested and the heavy lean on actual experience; Facilities Management definitely requires adaptability and a
diverse skill set.

 

Study Options:

I did find courses for Facilities Management offered by a variety of educational entities, namely:

The University of Cape Town (UCT) offers a Short Course in Facilities Management, through Getsmarter
Enterprises University of Pretoria (Pty) Ltd offers a Short Course in Facilities Management

CEA Career Excel Academy offers a Facilities Management Programme (FMP), a course held over three days

The Academy for Facilities Management (A4FM) is a specialist higher education institution that specialises in facilities management.

 

It goes without saying that when you decide to study, you ensure that you are studying with a reputable and qualified organisation.

The South African Facilities Management Association (SAFMA) recognises the need for training within the industry and offers endorsements for reputable training providers. Please see http://www.safma.co.za/Training

 

Facilities Management is as diverse and varied as the organisations that require it. And with the right qualification and experience, you can find the right fit.

 

Sources:
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/facilities-manager
http://www.payscale.com/research/ZA/Job=Facilities_Manager/Salary

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facility_management
http://www.safma.co.za/

 

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I started working at Leads 2 Business in February 2005, and have served as Head of Department of Daily Tenders from 2007 until the present. I oversee both the Daily Tenders South Africa and Africa Departments.

Did you Know #DYK: 3 Fundamentals you need to Know about Business Opportunities

Business Opportunities in 3 Steps

 

Sometimes you have to start at the end to get to the beginning.

I have always found that worked better for me. Like anything worth it, there is a price to pay. So I wanted you to know from the start what most people would tell you at the end. You can have the Open Quotes subscription for R60 per month (which is the equivalent of two double cappuccinos a month).

Stick around and let me tell you three fundamental steps to finding and getting more construction work.  Yes, I am talking Tenders, RFQ’s, Bill extracts and finding Awards. All that good stuff. So here we go….

Open Quotes

Step 1

Respond to RFQ’s Online

 

If you are in our Construction directory, you may well receive RFQ’s from Buyers when they are Tendering. You can price back via email, fax (does that even still exist??) or do it online and gain a host of other benefits.

Aside from the benefits in the abovementioned picture, you can access Drawings, Specifications, and Bill extracts. You also have our handy calculator to add your rates when pricing online with the ability to stipulate whether labour is included in pricing. You can add comments to the Buyer as well as attach additional documents if you wish.

When you are in your account, your pricing is only visible to you, so what you price is confidential but still available 24/7 online via your secure password. Pretty neat hey? This means you can pretty much price anywhere quickly and efficiently and beat the deadlines, leaving you with extra time to get life done.

Think of all the trees you are saving too! No need to piles of paper that are easily blown away by the aircon in Summer.

A screenshot from behind the scenes gives you a bit of insight into your future pricing platform.

Got it? Step one – Check!

Step 2

Be in the Know

You heard it here first!

The power is in your hands. Now you can be like the Batman, Spiderman or Hulk of finding new business opportunities.  You have an area on your Dashboard reflecting the most recent Bills that are being priced by Buyers that match your trades. From here you can price online, download the Bill and Drawings/Specifications too.  Or if you are not keen, delete the opportunity from your Bills being priced Dashboard. You can use this to your advantage by proactively pricing to these Buyers to gain new work that you may not even have known about previously. You can also contact them and network. Let them know who you are and what your Company provides. It’s no longer passive marketing, but an active approach. All laid on a silver platter before you. Go get em, Tiger!

Got it? Step two – Check!

Step 3

Knowledge is Power

The Awards section. Yes indeed. Knowing who you can approach is all important. Now not only do you know that, but you can send your prices directly to them! Exactly. The Power is once again in your very eager and proactive hands. To price, all you have to do is identify which award matches what you can provide and click on it. You will recognise the distinctive pricing pages along with the options to insert your T&C’s, notes and documents you may need to send.

Got it? Step three – Check!


Funnily, as knowledge goes, it really isn’t all that difficult or complicated. It basically comes down to converting opportunities. Who better than to do it than you? The one who has the experience, passion and drive to succeed.  So take the opportunities and run with them. Run Forest Run! Go get those business opportunities and lock them in.

Like I said at the start, sometimes it is easier to start at the end. You can have this all for R60 per month fee.

 

 

If you are keen to find out more, you can fill in the form below and we will contact you. Easy Peasy 🙂

Mail Me More Info on Open Quotes

 

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L2B Blog: Job Profile: Facilities Manager

So you have decided to become a Facilities Manager….now how much should you be earning, and what skills would you need to become one?

I have done some extensive research and have sourced the following key information to help you on your way to becoming an amazing Facilities Manager. Just remember not to do it longer than 20 years!

How much can you expect to earn?

Facilities Managers should earn an average salary of R357 994.00 per annum. The salary for being a Facilities Manager rises steadily for more experienced workers but goes down significantly for the few employees with more than 20 years’ experience.

Most people with this type of employment go on to other positions after 20 years in this career.

 

Pay by Experience Level for Facilities Manager

Mid-Career (5-10 yrs)
R395,000

Pay by Experience for a Facilities Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Facilities Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of R287 000 based on 56 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Facilities Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of R395 000 based on 70 salaries. An experienced Facilities Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of R479 000 based on 39 salaries. A Facilities Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of R379 000 based on 12 salaries.

 

Pay Difference by Location

Pay Difference by Location
Pretoria
▲16%

Johannesburg
▲11%

Cape Town
▼-25%

National Average: R376 955

 

Oooookay…so now you have the pay scale figures running around in your mind…what kind of skills do you need to become a Facilities Manager, and of course, do you have some of them already?

 

Key skills for facilities managers

  • Communication and influencing skills, in person and in writing
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Decision-making
  • The ability to lead, manage teams and projects
  • Teamworking
  • Attention to detail but also the ability to see the implications for the bigger picture
  • Commercial awareness
  • Customer service
  • Organisation, time management, prioritizing and the ability to handle a complex, varied workload
  • A good knowledge of IT packages

 

If you have read the above and said yes, yes, tick tick, of course, I can influence people, etc, and you are thrilled with the potential salary you could get, sign up for a course in Facilities Management and qualify.

 

And don’t forget, should you be searching for any Facility Management Tender Leads, to contact me at MelanieM@L2B.co.za to subscribe and receive Daily Tender Leads directly to your inbox.

 

Sources:

https://www.payscale.com/research/ZA/Job=Facilities_Manager/Salary

https://www.payscale.com/research/ZA/Job=Facilities_Manager/Salary/ae63c3c3/Johannesburg

https://targetjobs.co.uk/careers-advice/job-descriptions/279519-facilities-manager-job-description

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L2B Blog: What is SAFMA?

When I hear the term facilities management I think of companies like Servest, Bidvest, Broll etc. It is a question often asked by building owners and occupiers as well as professionals in the property industry.

So… What exactly does facilities management entail? Here are a few definitions from various websites:

 

What is Facility Management?

  • All services required for the management of buildings and real estate to maintain and increase their value.
  • The means of providing maintenance support, project management and user management during the building life cycle.
  • The integration of multi-disciplinary activities within the built environment and the management of their impact upon people and the workplace.

 

Simply put, it is the management of buildings and services.

The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) defines FM as a profession that encompasses multiple disciplines to ensure functionality of the built environment by integrating people, place, process and technology.

FM can be split into two areas of hard and soft services. What is the difference between the two?

Hard Services – are ones which relate to the physical fabric of the building and cannot be removed. They ensure the safety and welfare of employees and generally are required by law. These include:

  1. Building fabric maintenance                                                                 5. Air conditioning maintenance
  2. Decoration and refurbishment                                                              6. Lift and escalator maintenance
  3. M & E plant maintenance                                                                     7. Fire safety system maintenance
  4. Plumbing and drainage                                                                        8. Minor project management

 

Soft Services – are ones which make the workplace more pleasant or secure to work in. They are not compulsory and can be added and removed as necessary.

Carrying out a Facilities Needs Assessment will help you to identify which services are actually needed by the company and which are unnecessary. These include:

  1. Cleaning                                                                                                5. Recycling
  2. Security                                                                                                 6. Pest control
  3. Handyman services                                                                              7. Grounds maintenance
  4. Waste disposal                                                                                      8. Internal plants

 

How important is Facility Management?

Facilities management has gained importance over the last few years as businesses have identified that well-managed buildings and utilities help companies function effectively and efficiently. Facilities management team consists of professionals involved in the day-to-day analysis, maintenance and repair of the company utilities. The facilities management team should also actively be involved in strategic planning activities that help in cutting costs and increasing employee productivity.

According to a Deloitte report on the “Strategic Role of Facilities Management”; almost 75% of facilities professionals agreed that facilities management has a significant strategic impact. However; only around 20% of a facility manager’s time is spent in strategy and planning activities while a whopping 53% is spent on the regular day-to-day operations.

 

About SAFMA (South African Facilities Management Association) – www.safma.co.za

“The South African Facilities Management Association (SAFMA) is a self-sustaining body recognised locally and internationally for its meaningful role in the South African Facilities Management Community. SAFMA defines Facilities Management as an enabler of sustainable enterprise performance through the whole life management of productive workplaces and effective business support services.

 

SAFMA offers its members many benefits, including sharing expertise with other facilities management professionals in South Africa and internationally, access to an advisory service, networking events, establishing contacts overseas, keeping up-to-date on local and international facilities management trends.

 

The primary objectives of SAFMA are to facilitate, promote and support skills development for Facilities Managers through working with the Quality Assurance Councils and with Endorsed Training Providers – thereby enhancing skills supply. SAFMA aims to promote and encourage networking between Facilities Management Professionals to ensure an exchange of information and best practice. Click here to read more”.

 

The end goal for any business is to cut costs, improve staff productivity and increase ROI. An effective facilities management process is vital to an organisation as it covers almost all the business aspects and their role in strategic planning helps a company achieve their business objectives.

 

Sources:

How Important is Facilities Management? | Empower CS

South African Facilities Management Association (SAFMA)

Facility management – Wikipedia

https://www.highspeedtraining.co.uk/hub/soft-hard-facilities-management-difference/

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I started working for Leads 2 Business in May 2012 as an Account Co ordinator and more recently the Deputy Head of Department for the Telesales team. I schedule appointments for the Account Executives with potential clients.

L2B Blog: The Complete beginners guide to workers compensation

The Complete beginners guide to workers compensation

What is Workmans Compensation (WCA)?

 

According to Wikipedia.org: “Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance providing wage replacement and medical benefits to employees injured in the course of employment in exchange for mandatory relinquishment of the employee’s right to sue their employer for the tort of negligence.”

 

What is the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA)?

According to Labour.gov.za: “To provide for compensation for disablement caused by occupational injuries or diseases sustained or contracted by employees in the course of their employment, or for death resulting from such injuries or diseases; and to provide for matters connected therewith.”

 

One would ask then, what is the difference between The Workmans Compensation Act and the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act? If I get injured whilst on duty where would my claim be submitted then? At the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA) or at Workmans Compensation (WCA)?

 

It is all one and the same thing.

 

The Workmans Compensation Fund was still operating under this title until 1992 where this act regulated and determined if, when, how and to whom the fund will compensate after any employee got injured on duty. In 1993 a new act was drafted, the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA), as the South African government thought it was a good opportunity to “modernise” the act to suit the rest of the South African Labour legislation.

 

The old Workmans Compensation Act used the term “workman” where the labour law refers to “employee”. This is a more politically correct term to be used. Although COIDA has been operating since 1993, one will still hear about the Workmans Compensation Act or WCA often.

 

The term ‘workmans compensation’ is recognised world wide. In prominent countries like USA, Canada, Australia and also the International Labour Organisation (ILO) it is the appropriate term to be used.

 

Who can claim from Workmans Compensation?

The following people can claim if they get injured whilst on duty or get ill because of work related diseases that results in injury, disability, death or illness:

  • All employees;
  • Casual workers;
  • Full-time workers.

 

This excludes the following:

Workers who are totally or partially disabled for less than 3 days; domestic workers; anyone receiving military training; members of the South African National Defence Force, or the South African Police Service; any worker guilty of willful misconduct, unless they are seriously disabled or killed; anyone employed outside the RSA for 12 or more continuous months; and workers working mainly outside the RSA and only temporarily employed in the RSA.

If any employee gets injured or dies whilst on duty, a claim needs to be submitted within 12 months of the date of an accident or death to the Commissioner, employer or mutual association.

 

Here is a few examples of the 10 Most Common Workers Compensation Claims:

1. Overexertion

2. Slip or Trip and Falls

3. Fall to Lower Level

4. Bodily Reaction

5. Struck by Object

6. Struck Against an Object

7. Highway Incident

8. Machinery Accidents

9. Repetitive Motion

10. Workplace violence

 

Please click on the following link to get a better understanding of South Africa’s Workmans Compensation Act or should I say the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act:

http://www.labour.gov.za/DOL/find-more-info/all-about-workmens-compensation

 

Sources:

 

 

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About George Harris

I started my incredible journey at Leads 2 Business in 2006. I am the Content Director, custodian of an amazing research team responsible for unearthing hidden gems of information.

Did you know #DYK: How to contact the Researcher

How to contact the Researcher

How to Contact the Researcher

 

Isn’t it a good thing that we no longer live in an era where smoke signals and Morse code are all we can rely on for communication?

Just hoping something will be done about a situation, does not, in fact, make it happen. So, if you do not ask, the answer will surely be “No”.

If you need assistance, even if we can’t get the info you need, you can at least ask. If you do not ask, we can’t even begin to imagine that you might need that information.

So, it is as easy as 1, 2, 3…

 

1 – Phone us! It is direct, and can be dealt with immediately, and is probably the fastest way to communicate. You are transferred to the Researcher who is dealing with that tender or project, who would know what you are talking about.

0860 836 337 – 033 343 1130 – 087 150 1465

 

2 – Email! This is a wonderful way to communicate and much easier to keep track of. If used correctly, you will be in contact with the correct person straight away.

Found at the top of a live Tender Page. This would be used for any additional information you may need regarding the tender notice, that is not on the advert.

Found in the top right corner of the Tender View Page. These links are for requesting certain documents relating to the specific tender you are viewing. For example the Bill of Quantities (BOQ), the Site Attendance Register or Bidders List.

 

3 – Live Support. This is a new feature to some, but also extremely fast and effective. And an added bonus to keep track of your query. It is displayed as a set of earphones.

Found at the top of any page on the Leads 2 Business website, in the top right corner next to your name.

You can even find assistance in the top left corner of our website while not logged in.

So next time you think a Site Register or Scope of Works will fall from the sky… Think again, and please ask.

If you are interested in becoming one of our subscribers, please visit our website.
To view notes with screenshots on how to use our website, please visit our Wiki site.
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L2B Blog: Reporting for Dummies (Part 3)

Reporting for Dummies (Part 3)

All graphs provide the ability to download the graph to the following formats: png, jpg or pdf. You can also annotate the graphs with your own notes and observations and open the graphs to full screen.

 

Trending:

A. Market Intelligence – Projects:

1. Projects Published Trending over time – you search for your specific date range within all the Industries, all Values and all Regions. By filtering, you can choose the parameters you would like to view.

2. Projects Published by Region – you can search for your specific date range within all the Industries and all Values. By filtering, you can choose the parameters you would like to view.

3. Projects Published by Industry – you can search for your specific date range within all Values and Regions. By filtering, you can choose the parameters you would like to view.

4. Projects Published by Value – you can search for your specific date range within all the Industries and all Regions. By filtering, you can choose the parameters you would like to view.

B. Market Intelligence – Tenders:

1. Tenders Published Trending over time – you can search for your specific date range within all the Industries, CIDB Gradings and Regions. By filtering, you can choose the parameters you would like to view.

2. Tenders Published by Region – you can search for your specific date range within all the Industries and CIDB Gradings. By filtering, you can choose the parameters you would like to view.

3. Tenders Published by Industry – you can search for your specific date range within the CIDB Gradings and Regions. By filtering, you can choose the parameters you would like to view.

4. Tenders Published by Value – you can search for your specific date range within all the Industries and Regions. By filtering, you can choose the parameters you would like to view.

C. Most Viewed: When you click on Most Viewed, it will display the Projects / Tenders that have been viewed the most on the website.

D. Most Monitored: When you click on Most Monitored, it will display the Projects / Tenders that have the most monitors on the website.

Thank you for your interest in our Reporting Features. We are always willing to assist, should you require any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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I joined the L2Q Team in 2006, as a L2Q Support Assistant and have been the HOD since 2010. I supervise L2Q Bills, Daily Tender Bills, Control Lists and Directory.

L2B Blog: What makes for great building design?

What makes for great building design?

What makes for great building design… There is a unique mind inside the head of an architect that is magically able to juggle numbers, lines and angles, along with creative possibilities that most of us cannot fathom. Architects have a strong understanding of all building disciplines, including structural, electrical and mechanical.

This takes Smarts. And while simply being smart does not make you a good architect, it does give you a good foundation. You must be able to determine the necessary calculations to make buildings work, understand the properties of the materials you are working with, and create safe and sound structures from start to finish.

A good design should consist of the following characteristics:

1. Sustainable

Sustainable construction considers the complete lifecycle of a building, from the choice of initial materials to demolition and recycling and refers to the use of environmentally preferable practices and solutions in each of the phases.

2. Accessible

What is a good design if it’s only available to some? The concept focuses on enabling people with disabilities, or special needs, or enabling access through the use of assistive technology.

3. Functional

This should be the simplest attribute of good design, but it is often the hardest to achieve.

4. Well Made

Architects don’t make anything. The architects say how well a building is built is limited to a set of instructions they provide. In the end, people that actually build it have little to no actual interaction with the architect. This means the instructions better be good, and just as important, easy to understand.

5. Emotionally Resonant

Every design should be an attempt to stir the senses.

6. Enduring

Buildings need both structural and aesthetic longevity. It’s important to innovate, but you don’t want a design that looks outdated before that last coat of paint dries. The time frame for enduring is uncertain.

7. Socially Beneficial

Whether you like it or not, all architecture is public architecture. Architects have a responsibility to look both within and beyond the walls of buildings to see what they can do to help.

8. Beautiful

Beauty is subjective, right?

9. Ergonomic

Buildings must relate to the scale of the people that inhabit them. Often this idea is lost in the array of 3D computer modelling technologies that architects use these days. Stop and take a step back. Put a person in that model. Even if they’re digital.

10. Affordable

Creating affordable architecture is more difficult. It involves entrepreneurship on the part of the architect. An upfront investment to invent an affordable solution that the masses can afford.

Being an architect is more than just drawing and building. It involves social skills, a knowledge of engineering, math, science, physics and several related topics; dedication and drive; and, most important, the ability to design.

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About Nadine Vermeulen

I started working at Leads 2 Business in October 2014 in the Leads 2 Quotes Department. I managed all the Daily Tender Bill Requests and followed up on BoQ's for our Daily Tender Subscribers. In 2017, I was promoted to L2Q Assistant and now work with Bill of Quantities for Contractors. 🙂

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The groundwork is done now take the lead: How using our leads can keep you out of trouble

“Keep you out of trouble” means busy. Busy means you are working, hustling and getting the job done. Progress only comes from consistent and persistent hard work. If you are going to rest on your laurels, be prepared for others to surpass you.

Knowing where to look and find opportunities for your company is half the battle. You can spend your day pouring over countless newspapers, scrolling through websites and scrutinising bulletins or you can let us do that for you. You just have to check your email and work off one website, and you’ll have all the opportunities you need.

The expression is “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket”. But since L2B has all the “eggs”, you just need to understand how to make the most of them. The idea being that you hedge your bets. You diversify. You branch out. You create a safety net, of sorts, by garnering work through various avenues. This, of course, depends on the type of work you do and your willingness to be re-active or pro-active.

The re-active approach is your basic tender and Request for Quote (RFQ). When you see a tender out that’s right up your alley; you buy the documents, attend the meeting and hand in the signed tender document on the closing date. Hold thumbs and you get the award. For the RFQ, you receive it and decide whether or not to price. Even a “no”, is better than silence. If you don’t hear back from the main contractor, concerning your prices; approach them for feedback. Who’s prices did they accept? Why? Is it something you can work into your prices and services in the future? If you don’t ask, you will never know.

Being pro-active can get your company name out there way before tenders and RFQs. You would monitor a Project at the earliest stage, so you know what to expect and generally when to expect it and approach those professionals or contractors at the right time. You can monitor tenders, and once awarded, approach the awarded companies. Even earlier than that, you could’ve requested the site attendance register and the electronic Bill of Quantity (BoQ), therefore ensuring you know what items to price and who to approach. You’re not only creating relationships, but you could also be saving yourself time and money. If your products or services are not required in a BoQ; you can move on much quicker. Perhaps you impressed the Architect so early on the project, that your products are specified in the Bill of Quantity (BoQ).

You can advertise your company and products/services on the L2B website, and have companies come to you.

Ensure that your Directory entry is comprehensive and up to date. Allowing other companies to find you and contact you with ease, is extremely important in this day and age.

Be aware of when Supplier Database notices come out, and make sure that your company is registered wherever it needs to be registered. Paperwork is a bane, but it also is vital in being able to tender. The added advantage to being registered on Databases is that it puts your company in a position to be approached directly to quote by the Municipality or Government Department. Not every contract can afford to go out to tender, for a variety of reasons; namely time constraints or emergency work.

Last but not least, talk to us at L2B. If there are discrepancies anywhere, let us know so that we might assist in clarifying. The more we learn about your experiences on our website, or out there tendering; the more we can understand how the information we supply directly affects you. Your success is our aim.

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About Claire Donaldson

I started working at Leads 2 Business in February 2005, and have served as Head of Department of Daily Tenders from 2007 until the present. I oversee both the Daily Tenders South Africa and Africa Departments.

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