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Michael Bowsher

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  • Comment on: Architects blast council over tender’s 70:30 weighting of cost over experience

    Michael Bowsher's comment 9 July, 2018 10:11 am

    Picking up on Robert Guy's comment, while the 70:30 price/quality balance sends a message as to the purchaser's expectations it is never the case that that ratio reflects the actual significance of one factor over another. As Robert Guy's comment highlights the real question is what is the expected range of marks that will be given for each of the different factors. Given that in most evaluation systems the quality marks will only very rarely go anywhere near zero, and given that the price formula used nearly always creates a very narrow range of scores, it is usually the case that the actual relative impact of price and quality is radically different from the notional maximum value for each factor.