Choosing Your Design Consultant

by Habeene Habeenzu, Pr Eng.

With the advent of the modern computer and computer software, it has become very easy for anyone to pose as an engineer or architect. Computer graphics have made an engineer or architects job seem to many as one that anyone can do. And clients, often wishing to save money end up engaging people who are not qualified or experienced. But like the saying goes, if you pay peanuts, you end up with a monkey on your back.

6a00d8341c51c053ef013480ad6395970c-450wi Choosing the right designer is the most important step as you prepare to build your property. The cost of a good designer pays back itself in the form of lower construction costs, lower maintenance cost, user satisfaction and good resale value. That said engage a designer based on their experience, qualifications and demonstrated capacity. The ODC team has local and international experience and we tick all the right boxes. Engaging ODC is a smart investment.
As an example, a client, wishing to confirm his fears, approached us to review structural drawings for his proposed double story house. Our review resulted in savings of K26,988.37 for reinforcement bars and K27,388.80 for concrete. These savings exclude savings from unnecessary scaffolding, formwork, transportation, handling, storage, labour and time. Actual total savings are in the order of more than K75, 000. We see such scenarios over and over again with clients who have been deceived by computer graphics. If you have experience in building, or have built your own property you will appreciate the impact of a saving of K75, 000.desktop250-1

So as you embark on your project, remember that its worth investing in a good architect and engineer who will ensue that you get the best value for your money. Choose a design consultant with in-depth knowledge and experience. If you are looking for a qualified and experienced architect or structural engineer, contact us via email on info@odc.co.zm.