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A Quantity Surveyor is a professional who calculates the amount of materials needed for building work, providing quality assurance to meet building regulations, calculate costs of each project and ensuring the design is practical and functional.
Quantity Surveyors also give advice on the cost of programmes as well as the best technology and procurement routes to use. They usually work in offices and in certain instances, they visit building sites, clients and meet the construction team. Their hard work is visible through the long-lasting buildings, transportation systems and other construction works. Their tasks includes preparing cost estimates and plans, auditing projects, managing costs and administering contracts, for all levels...
Quantity Surveyors also give advice on the cost of programmes as well as the best technology and procurement routes to use. They usually work in offices and in certain instances, they visit building sites, clients and meet the construction team. Their hard work is visible through the long-lasting buildings, transportation systems and other construction works. Their tasks includes preparing cost estimates and plans, auditing projects, managing costs and administering contracts, for all levels and types of construction.
Never a dull day since the job enables you to work both indoors and outdoors
Healthy employment growth and good salary
Work can be physically demanding as the job might include heavy lifting and standing or walking for long periods
Job can keep you away from family as it may require you to relocate near the worksite
Prepare documents such as bills and tenders
Estimate the costs of repairs and maintenance
Establish customer’s requirements and conduct feasibility studies
Assess the risks involved in the project
Develop plans to counteract risks
Write progress reports
Estimate the value of completed work and preparing payments
Meet health and safety standards at the site
Incase of any queries
Good in calculations
The ingredients, the service, machine rental, manpower, you name it all. Bringing all of these together add up to an amount and you have to be good in calculating it while estimating the total cost. Miscalculations will bring many shortcomings to your project and you wouldn’t want that to ever happen because it will affect the progress of your project significantly.
Think practically and logically
Certain materials are fancy and looks good but it can also cost a fortune. As a Quantity Surveyor, you will need to go for the best option in the cheapest price. Though some materials are lavish, but you will need to keep a look out for your client’s wallet.
Knowledge of construction work, processes and legal matters
Besides handling the construction, Quantitative Surveyors act as the advisor for the client in terms of everything regarding the legal matters and processes. This is due to the fact that they know the best about these Government regulations and about the dos and don’ts when it comes to buildings.
Construction Project Management
Urban and Regional Planning
You do not necessarily have to study Quantity Surveying. A degree in a relevant field such as building or construction, civil or structural engineering, economics, geography, mathematics, urban and land studies may also land you a job in this sector.
If you work as a contractor, you would need to work from 7.30am to 6pm. Working under a private company or the government would mean you would work from 8.30am to 5.30pm. Sometimes you would need to work on weekends to meet tight deadlines.
Planning And Development Surveyor
Commercial/ Residential Surveyor
“Engineering is the art of directing the great sources of power in nature for the use and convenience of man.”
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