It has been a busy but very fruitful quarter for the Society, explains President ANDREW NUGENT.

I would like to welcome you all to this edition of the Surveyors Journal, which features a range of interesting articles on the key current issues in property, land and construction.
It has been a very busy quarter for the Society and I would like to thank our members across the country who have been instrumental in many of our reports, events and other initiatives over the period.

Strategic review
A strategic review is underway for the SCSI, with BDO Consultants engaged to create a new corporate strategy over the next few years.
Due to the economic recovery, the SCSI Board feels that it is time to review the organisation in this market and to plan a new SCSI strategy for the future.
The Society will be seeking the views of all members as part of the strategic review through a series of workshops that will take place around the country. These workshops will take place in September and October in Dublin, Carlow, Galway, Cork and Navan. You can register your attendance on the SCSI website.

IIS
I am delighted to announce that an agreement was formally finalised and signed on July 29 that saw the transition of membership of the Irish Institution of Surveyors (IIS) to the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland.
Approximately 260 ex-IIS members are provided with a membership route to the SCSI/RICS under the Geomatics Surveying Professional Group. These additional members will play a key role in the promotion of the geomatics profession in Ireland to the public and to potential students.
I would like to thank all those who worked so hard to make this agreement happen, and look forward to working with you all for the duration of my term.

Pre-Budget Submission
In advance of Budget 2016, the SCSI has called on the Government to support the delivery of more housing units, more commercial office space, and to introduce an apprenticeship scheme to address the skills shortage and create more jobs.
Budget 2016 is an opportune time to put in place key measures to create a more sustainable sector and to ensure that our economic competitiveness is maintained.
Maintaining our competitiveness by addressing the barriers to supply in the property and construction sectors must be a key pillar of Budget 2016. We are calling for the introduction of a suite of measures that would kick-start building and increase supply.
The proposals are outlined in detail in the SCSI’s Pre-Budget Submission 2016 document, ‘Building for Growth’, which is available to download on the SCSI website.

Annual Conference
The SCSI Annual Conference will take place on October 15, 2015.
The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Housing – The Next Generation’ and presentations will focus on the challenges facing the housing market.
The event boasts a fantastic line-up of speakers, including: Stefan Gerlach, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank; John Fitzgerald, economist; Duncan Bowie, Westminster University; and, Mary Hughes, President of the Irish Planning Institute.
The afternoon format of the conference, which worked so well last year, will be repeated this year so members can avail of the networking opportunity that follows in the afternoon and evening.

More details of the conference can be found on the SCSI website.

Andrew Nugent, new President SCSI.

Andrew Nugent
President
Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland