Monday, June 25, 2018

Who is Quantity Surveyor ?...

Quantity surveyors is a person who deals with construction cost, they play a very important role similar to other experts in the modern construction sector.

Introduction about Quantity Surveyor

In the past decades, Quantity Surveying job roles are limited to take part in with the tender process, measurement works and Bill of Quantity (BOQ) preparation, nowadays these situations are improved with the development, complexity, and practice of new construction techniques & methods and also involvement information technology in the industry.

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These days, Quantity Surveyors are taken part in most of the essential portion of the construction process as accountants, contract managers, contract administrators, economists, lawyers, measures, and etc. To become an expert in the construction field, Quantity Surveyor should be familiar with those roles and also need to be more responsive of construction program and claims associated to standard forms of contract documents which used by the construction professional in all over the world. I think Quantity Surveyor is the expert person of everything, every field like Marketing, Blogging, YouTuber, Photographing, etc. He is smarter than other professions.

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History of Quantity Surveyor

This profession develop in the period of 19th century from the earlier years it is well known as "measure", a construction specialist tradesman, who arranged and prepared standardized schedules for a building project. Quantity surveying profession emerged around year the 1820s with on of the earliest Quantity Surveyors being Sir "Henry Arthur Hunt", he took part in work on the Houses of Parliament (The Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia 2012). From 1970 onwards, the profession began to develop quickly.

Who is Quantity Surveyor
Who is Quantity Surveyor

Role of Traditional Quantity Surveyor

Traditionally, Quantity Surveyor is depended upon to measure and calculate each and every element of the construction project. Here are some traditional role of a quantity surveyor; Cost Planning, Cost Advising to Client, Budgeting, Tendering, Contract Documentation, Contract Administration, Cost Controlling, Cost Reconciliation

Role of Modern Quantity surveyor

In the modern construction industry, quantity surveyors play an essential part and the improvement within their field have developed due to the broad selections available for procuring assets for construction activities, the broad, complicated nature in construction activities and the wide-ranging number of legal and contractual disputes which occur in the construction sector. Here are some of the modern quantity surveyor roles; Value Management, Sustainable Construction, Building Information Modelling, Project Management, Dispute Resolution, Technical Auditing. etc.

Role of Future Quantity surveyor

The construction sector is booming all around the world, new technologies and methods of construction are developing so as the roles of the quantity surveyors are also changing as well as other professional practice. Future quantity surveyors should update their knowledge and skill according to new construction and information technologies. Especially the parts of traditional practice, improved vividly from the perspective of value engineering, risk management, Life cycle costing (LCC) and financial management of the construction project. In the future Advanced CAD software, BIM modeling software, Project management software and other required software will be operated quantity surveyors works.

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Quantity Surveyor with other stakeholders in the industry.

In the last two decades, many cases have been revealed associated with ethical misconduct in all areas of the construction professions, such as engineering and surveying.

Reasons cited under ‘Other’ sources of dissatisfaction included;

  • Perceived incompetence of other professionals 
  • Poor documentation from, and lack of faith in, designers
  • Bureaucracy
  • Dealing with government officials (political interference)
  • Disparaging attitudes displayed towards White women by Black male clients
  • Contractual disputes; professional appointments made on the basis of affirmative action
  • Dealing with incompetent emerging contractors

Based on tabulated results, the most important external factor affecting the success of projects is “industry-related issue” which ranked first. As construction is a project-based activity, the timely availability of resources (building materials) is of paramount importance. It will affect the construction time performance if certain resources are not available on time. The factor ranked second is “nature”.

Weather conditions and site environment can influence the speed of the project completion. The economic situation of the country also affects the success of the construction project, this is ranked third. A stable economic condition, inflation rate, as well as economic policy friendly to investors, will increase the likelihood of the project's success. Construction technology, political and social factors are ranked third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

Direct Stakeholders

  1. Clients
  2. Consultants
  3. Contractors

Client/ Employer

• The building owner or employing organization also called the employer.

• The party that requires or desires construction.

• The client is the party or person who provides money to get a job done as he wishes through a person or constructor who knows carrying out of a project for him.

Consultant/ The engineer

• A person who invests capital for a project is known as a client. Some clients may have money but not the knowledge and ideas. Some may have money and knowledge but not the time. As such instances, the client appoints a person who is known as a consultant.

• The client’s or contractor’s advisers on design, cost, construction, handling the documents, supervisions, and other matters. Such advisors may include project managers, architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, accountants, bankers or other persons having expert knowledge of specific areas.


• The person who’s bid to carry out the works has been accepted by the employer.

• Contractor is any person who in the course furtherance of a business, carries out or manages construction works at time as per client requirements and also as per specification given them.

Indirect Stakeholders

• Material manufacturers/suppliers/Plant hirers

• Financial Institutions & Insurance Organizations Research and development organizations, Regulatory bodies

How to become a Quantity Surveyor

In Asian countries; there are thousands of courses are available to become a quantity surveyor, like degree courses, diploma courses, and certificate level, etc. But every quantity surveyor may not be called as a qualified person in the industry.

To become a Chartered Quantity Surveyor a degree or professional qualification accredited by the Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is generally required, or trainees can study part-time whilst working in a technician role. Chartered Quantity surveyors must pass an Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and become a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The RICS 'Black Book' provides a set of standards by which RICS members should operate.

The RICS provides a finder service to help find quantity surveyors appropriate for different types of work.

NB: Whilst cost consultants on construction projects are generally quantity surveyors by profession, accountants and other professionals can also prove effective.

To see some of the modules studied as part of quantity surveying degree courses, see Commercial management and Quantity surveying course essentials.

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  1. I never heard about the position and jobs of Quantity Surveyors. Thanks for informing me new info!

  2. I figured there must be a person like this - and I think it's a highly important job...on so many levels.

  3. Trades like this are so important. THanks for the detailed job description & history so that people looking to find a career can learn about this.

  4. Never heard of it before, thanks for all the information

  5. Never heard of this trade before, but I'm glad you wrote about it. We need more people going into trades!

  6. I've heard of surveyors before, but I've not really grasped the essence of their work. It's always fascinating to learn something new...

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  7. I have learnt so much about Quantity Surveyors in this post, i never really bothered to understand the extent of their jobs yet i have a few friends who are Surveyors. This post is very informative, thanks.

  8. Really interesting description of such an important role! Thanks for enlightening us with this post

  9. I never heard of surveyors. I agree that there must be a person like this.

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  11. good post. Thanks for informing me new info..!