All you need to know about the job
The quantity surveyor acts as the financial and development consultant to the construction and property development industries, advising clients on the optimal use of funds, as well as strategies to maximise human and physical resources.
The quantity surveyor relates to people at all levels, whether they are developers, architects, engineers, land surveyors, lawyers and accountants, or contractors, subcontractors, emerging contractors and general workers.
Quantity surveyors are expected to maintain the highest level of professionalism towards all parties involved and, in so doing, ensuring fair and accurate finalisation of projects.
In addition to private professional practice, quantity surveyors’ skills are also used in the following spheres of the economy: Construction Property development Government Finance
What does the actual job entail?
Preparing feasibility studies and budgets for proposed projects;
Preparing bills of quantities and other tender documentation to acquire fair and equitable tenders for projects; Negotiating building contracts; Drafting contract documents; Monitoring costs and reporting to clients during the design and construction of projects; and
Determining final costs of projects.
Dealing with development companies; Using one’s initiative and entrepreneurial skills; and Collaborating with large or small building companies.
The department of education’s scarce-jobs list has quantity surveying in the fourth spot, so there is clearly demand for these professionals.
It is a superb career for men and women who are interested in the exciting world of construction and development.
In our highly pressurised world of spiralling costs and large-scale development, the role of the quantity surveyor is indispensable - more so than when the profession was originally established in England back in 1785.
For further information about the industry, contact the Association of SA Quantity Surveyors on 011 315 4140 or by fax 011 315 3785, or you can write to The Director, Asaqs, PO Box 3527, Halfway House, 1685