The Quantity Surveyor estimates and monitors the cost of construction. Quantity Surveyors manage all costs relating to building projects Quantity Surveyors are employed to monitor the cost of the project minimising the expenditure and at the same time achieving the required standards and qualities.
The Quantity Surveyor is a professional person responsible for ensuring that the budget developed during the design stage of construction works is the same as the final amount spent on a project. In order to achieve this Quantity Surveyor performs a number of functions during the design to completion stage. The Quantity Surveyor services ranges from feasibility studies at the inception stage, bills of quantities during the design/development stage, pre-tender estimates and tender analysis when selecting builders, contract administration and cost control during construction, preparation of final accounts at completion, implementation of facilities management and tax depreciation during operation. Quantity Surveyors are also called upon for expert witness and dispute resolution. Quantity Surveyors may be employed as project managers for short term consignments to resolve project specific issues as they arise. Many Quantity Surveyors operate specifically as project managers on large scale construction works. The Quantity Surveyor is the most qualified person to assist in any matter relating to construction cost.
William Shakespeare’s definition of QS”
“When we mean to build, we first survey the plot, then draw the model, and when we see the figures of the house, then must we rate the cost of the erection. Which if we find outweighs ability, what do we then, but draw anew the model in fewer offices, or at least desist to build at all.”
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