The video above showcases clips from a session on Qualification Based Selection (QBS) at the 2016 National Society of Professional Engineers conference in Dallas Texas. The session was given by Jeffrey Hancock, PE of SMH Consultants, and this video was created by NYSSPE and published with his permission.
Qualification Based Selection (QBS) is a two-step competitive professional selection process. The process is based on evaluating the experience, capabilities, and technical skills of an engineer or engineering firm in relation to the needs of a specific project.
Forty-six states including New York have implemented QBS law, and numerous localities have also adopted laws based on the federal guidelines.
Here are some quotes from the video:
“We (engineers) need to be treated like doctors (and be selected based on quality not price), we are providing a professional service, and in a lot of ways we touch more people than doctors ever touch.”
“When you pursue a project that is price based, and all the client is looking for is price, they have totally taken creativity and efficiency out of the process, which affects the life-cycle cost of the project, and most importantly the health, safety, and welfare of the general public.”
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