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In Memoriam - Mike Applewhite (Mr WinQS)

Friday, 28 September 2018  
Posted by: Bert vd Heever
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Mike Applewhite I heard of Mike's sudden passing this afternoon and thought I'd immediately share this sad news with you. Mike was apparently out rowing with his son on Saturday when he suffered a massive heart attack.

The WinQS System is marketed and supported by Advanced Cost Engineering Solutions cc which was formed by Mike and Cathy Rocher in June 1996.

As one of the early users of the DOS-based MicroQS measuring system in the 1980's I got to know Mike very well (especially when an import went haywire and Mike would come to the rescue in the middle of the night!). With the advent of GUI and the first affordable Windows-based personal computers, Mike and Cathy left Quantim Computing, the providers of the  MIcroQS software, to form ACE Solutions. They developed WinQS in Mike’s dining room which also served as their office for a couple of years.

Their first breakthrough came about 2 years after start-up with an order of 100  systems and WinQS has grown internationally since then.

As one of the early users of WinQS our working relationship continued and Mike would come to visit me in Vanderbijlpark on a fairly regular basis.

Young QS's will find it unthinkable, but there was huge resistance within the QS-fraternity to switch over from DOS to the more user-friendly Windows operating system as it meant scrapping their old PC's and investing in new hardware and software.

Mike therefor played a major role in moving the QS profession into the computer age and for that, everyone in our profession, young and old, should salute him and know, that as a profession we owe him a huge debt.

In 2008 Mike found a take-off engine and developed it with the suppliers to form DimensionX. With DimensionX QS's now have a advance 5D take-off system.

I will miss Mike's lengthy phone calls and our hours of debating the QS profession that he was so passionate about. I last saw Mike at this year's ASAQS Conference and his laugh and smile as we greeted will remain a very special memory.

Goodbye Mike... and thanks for making my job easier and helping me lead a better life.

Bert van den Heever
Webmaster and Past President of the ASAQS
25 September 2018

Announcement from ACE Solutions

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you of the passing of Mike Applewhite on Saturday 22 September 2018.

Mike’s passing is not only an enormous shock and loss to his family, friends and colleagues but also a tremendous loss for the Quantity Surveying Software world.

A memorial service will be held for Mike on:

Date:     28 September 2018
Time:     15:00
Place:    The Country Club Johannesburg (On the cricket field)
1 Napier Rd
              Auckland Park

Please note, as a sign of respect, that the offices of ACE Solutions will be closed on 28 September 2018 but the team will be available for critical support from Saturday 29 September 2018.

We request your understanding and patience during this difficult time. Please share this message with all WinQS and dimX users in your office.

As part of Mike’s legacy, we will continue striving to deliver the highest service delivery standards in line with Mike’s vision when he initially started ACE Solutions and throughout his career.