Peter Carlisle, Managing Director of Quantity Surveying Consultants Ltd, the man behind TCN, is excited about the launch of the new website, and explained the background to TCN and the launch:
"The birth of TCN back in October 2005 was something like this. I was driving down the beautiful countrified roads of Bangplee on a glorious sunny morning. I'd been working for a contractor client for over three years at Bangkok's new Suvarnabhumi airport. It was my last day there. I'd got no new client and no work to go to come Monday morning. None of my usual clients or contacts had come good with work for me. I'd not heard from any recruitment agents. I'd exhausted searching the internet for expat construction jobs in Thailand, and six months work in Afghanistan was definitely not to my liking. I know, I thought, I’ll look through a few local construction job publications and get a job that way; oh yeah, there are none. Note to self - 'get home tonight and invent ‘Thailand Construction News’…'. I had the idea that morning, jotted down some notes on how to go about it, and started it when I was free the following Monday.
It's fair to say that Thailand, and probably the regional market, was crying out for something like TCN. There is just nothing else out there like TCN apart from resorting to the building-portal websites in the UK, Australia and the USA, which feature little about Thailand, so over the years we have been very well received and have built a very loyal following.
We scour the internet wires for local and regional news; we announce details of the upcoming meetings and get-togethers of construction and engineering orientated societies and organisations, seminars, talks, knees up, golf matches.
Our most popular features are the jokes - we take a very light-hearted approach to publishing, it should be fun - and very definitely the construction jobs and vacancies. In producing content, we try to be both informative and entertaining.
In the years since we commenced publishing the e-newsletter we have been contacted countless times by companies seeking new projects or works or business opportunities, or enquiring could they possibly advertise their company in TCN e-newsletter. We have lost count of how many times we have been contacted by a party interested but struggling to find one company or a list of companies, for example, Architects, Quantity Surveyors, a Structural Engineer, in Thailand generally or maybe in a specific place like Phuket.
Looking around we concluded that there is not a decent website for the construction-
We wanted to create a way for companies and organisations to showcase their business, services and/or product/s to other potentially interested parties, and we thought the time was now right to augment the E-newsletter with the website.
Even those companies not involved in the construction-
We know from experience that many construction-
For the past 5 years we have tended to cater mainly for the local expat construction business, but are now making in-roads in to the 'Thai' market in our aim to be Thailand's mainstream construction and engineering 'go-to' website".
The TCN reader profile is top tier professionals from across the wide spectrum of developers, consultants, contractors and project owners in the construction and engineering industries; interestingly TCN is also widely received by expatriates who have nothing whatsoever to do with construction and engineering but seem to enjoy it anyway…it's those jokes you see!
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About Quantity Surveying Consultants Ltd:
Quantity Surveying Consultants Ltd (QSC Ltd) is a Thai Construction Consultancy company providing Quantity Surveying, and Contract, Commercial and Claims Management consultancy services to the Construction & Engineering Industries in Thailand. The company is based just outside Bangkok in Samut Prakarn, near to the Suvarnabhumi International Airport. QSC Ltd provides professional consultancy services to the construction and engineering industries in Thailand. QSC Ltd also provides specialised recruitment consultancy services to the construction-