AACE International Activities: Garvan McCann, originally from Ireland, trained as an electrical engineer and quantity surveyor. Garvan has spent more than 25 years specializing in the contract and cost management of electrical and instrumentation industrial projects in the petrochemical, oil and gas, mining, pulp and paper, building, brewery, float glass and power industries. Since 1988, Garvan has spent the majority of his career working internationally in countries such as Australia, Luxembourg, Belgium, Holland and to a greater extent in South Africa.
Garvan started his career in 1986 with M.F.Kent, a specialist electrical and instrumentation company, and after transferring to South Africa in 1988, continued with companies such as Turner and Townsend Quantity Surveyors, B.E.Morgan & Associates, Macanna Construction Cost Management and Alstom. Garvan is employed in the contract management and legal department for Alstom, a company which has been present in South Africa for more than a century with a history of technological excellence and commitment to local economic and social progress, with responsibility for the implementation of the Alstom core set of mandatory principles and processes for contracts entered into with the end customers from contract award up to final acceptance and final account.
Garvan first became a member of the Southern African Project Controls Institute (SAPCI), previously known as the Cost Engineering Association of Southern African (CEASA), in 1992, and has been the President of SAPCI for the past four years. SAPCI, which is the Southern African Section of AACE, provides professional support to people and organizations whose work and interests include, among other things, cost estimating, cost control, planning and scheduling and risk management.
Goals and Objectives: Garvan has been involved in cost engineering for over 20 years with 6 of those years as an active participant, as a board member, of the AACE Southern African Section. Garvan has seen a tremendous increase in interest from colleagues in receiving training in order to achieve AACE accreditation, as it has become the accepted benchmark for the regions project controls professionals. Garvanís goals are to continue to promote awareness of AACE accreditation, to increase communications between the AACE and Sections and to promote growth and continued professional development.
Garvan sees the role of Director of Region 9 as ensuring that your association continues to serve you the valued members and supporting the Regionís Section Presidents to:
Improve communications between Region Sections and AACE by encouraging use of teleconference meetings and to have at least one meeting per year with each Section and AACE.
Encourage and facilitate communication between Sections to share ideas on continued professional development and to expand their project controls community.
Promote awareness of the AACE accreditation by identifying the acceptable training service providers, local to their Section, and encouraging them to advertise in the Section newsletter.
As you can see, there is a lot of ground to cover. Action needs to be taken in order to achieve these results. With my experience and network I am able to set these wheels in motion.