Dr Ong See Lian

After retiring from quantity surveying consulting in 2010, Sr Dr Ong See Lian continues to be an instrumental figure in the profession, both locally and internationally.

His many accolades, in recognition of his contributions to the profession and the construction industry, include the PAQS Gold Medal (2007); Malaysian Surveyor of the Year Award by RISM (2008); Malaysian Construction Industry ‘Prominent Player of the Year’ by CIDB (2011); ICEC Distinguished International Fellow (2012); Gold Award by the Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia (2014); CIDB Fellow (2015); the David Bucknall Award by RICS (2017); and the RICS President’s Medal (2017).

For the past two years, Ong has been serving as chairman of the Standard Setting Committee (SSC) for the International Construction Measurement Standard (ICMS), a collaborative initiative by more than 40 professional organisations across the globe that is supported by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and European Commission.

In an interview with Construction+ Malaysia, Ong gives a behind-the-scene look at the new international standard (more on page 22), which was launched and published on 25 July 2017, and shares his experiences and thoughts on the quantity surveying profession.  

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