More than thirty members and others braved a very miserable Melbourne evening in July to get along to Engineers Australia to hear Peter Downie, long-time member of ACES and previous National President, talk on Avoidance and Management of Claims. His paper is available in the members’ area of this website. (Not a member? b then download an application form now). As always Peterbs presentation was well-argued, lucid and presented in inimitable style. It would be surprising if anyone who attended did not get something out of the evening b other than the healthy sandwiches and juice that were laid on. The August Meeting on Tuesday 21 August 07 coincides with Engineers Week. The theme of the evening is to provide a forum where personnel new to the area of total cost management (estimating, cost control, planning & scheduling, risk management), or personnel considering a career in this area (e.g. recent graduates) can come along and hear about the careers that ACES members have had or are still developing. This will be an ideal opportunity for members to invite their younger colleagues to come along to see how their careers could develop. It will also be a learning opportunity for anyone needing to know more about what a cost engineer does b like project managers!! The September meeting is shaping up to be another not to be missed. We are expecting to have one of the countrybs foremost proponents on risk management/range analysis. More details later but put it into your diary now b Tuesday 18th September.