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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.

Prop­erty de­vel­op­ment:

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

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