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Quantity Surveying

In construction, a Quantity Surveyor / Commercial Manager is an expert who provides the skills to maximise business potential by ensuring the successful management of the project’s finances, procurement and tendering and all the processes that can impact upon a project’s profits, timescales and quality.

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Who Are Quantity Surveyors and Why Are They Important?

Civil engineering is a subject that many people are not really familiar with. A particularly interesting field is quantity surveying, which is a profession that combines engineering, architecture, and economics. The focus is on the last part, although these experts also perform many other tasks.
Before we begin to describe in more detail what QS roles and responsibilities are, we just want to quickly clarify the terminology to avoid any confusion.
Sometimes the terms cost managers, cost consultants, and construction cost estimators are more specific to people living in the United States or Canada. On the other hand, quantity surveyors are widely used in countries such as the United Kingdom and Australia. However, depending on the region, the roles are very similar. For example, a construction cost estimator in the United States is equivalent to a quantity surveyor in the United Kingdom.

What are Quantity Surveyors Roles and Responsibilities?

In short, quantity surveyors manage all costs associated with construction and civil engineering projects. Their work is both office and site based, and the main goal is to minimise expenses (and keep them within the budgeted cost range). More importantly, they are eager to do this without compromising the quality of the final result or failing to comply with construction, health and safety regulations.

In addition, they take part in projects from the beginning and work closely with the contractor/client in order to define a comprehensive project cost. Usually, they also collect tender and contract documents, conduct feasibility studies, and carry out risk control. Once the construction process begins, the quantity surveyor will pay close attention to any changes that may cause cost fluctuations.

Over the course of the project, key tasks are related to result analysis, work evaluation and progress reports. However, it is not uncommon for surveyors to assume additional responsibilities. such as appointing subcontractors, ordering construction materials, and valuing construction work for arranging payments.

It is important to emphasise that quantity surveyors apart from being involved in large construction projects also collaborate with commercial businesses, local authorities, consultancies, and property developers, as well as small business owners and residential clients.

What are Quantity Surveyors Roles and Responsibilities?

As we all know construction is always a tricky process and sometimes can be unpleasant if you do not have the right team. But most importantly, it is always a costly endeavor.

Quantity surveyors allow you to avoid risks and pitfalls linked to unreliable provisional sum allowances and ballpark figures. Accurate cash forecasts enable you to plan your budget in advance and prevent any unpleasant surprises. You can also avoid unnecessary financial obstacles, such as paying too much for construction materials or any unforseen costings that should be included. More importantly, the surveyor can also help providing construction programmes to know how long the project will take. After all, the surveyor will closely monitor the process and provide you with progress reports. This significantly reduces the risk of delays and other setbacks.

Finally, any homeowner or business can decide to outsource tasks that consume too much time or require special expertise. This is a way to get you out of trouble and focus on other critical aspects of your business or project. All in all, reputable quantity surveyors usually add value to the construction process and optimise costs.

In conclusion, we can assure that having a professional involved in your project economics is something that should always be taken into consideration. You can decide doing most of the tasks yourself, but what you pay for a quantity surveyor is nothing compared to the wealth of benefits you will get back. Appointing a surveyor can rarely do more harm than good. Do not hesitate to contact us and obtain more information about the services we can offer you!

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