UncategorizedWhat is a quantity surveyor and what does a quantity surveyor do?

July 3, 2020kenanjunior

What is a quantity surveyor and what does a quantity surveyor do? Are the main questions that come into the mind of everyone that is planning to have construction work done, when they hear or encounter the term of quantity surveyor (QS) for the first time.

A quantity surveyor is a person who manages the costs related to the construction or alterations of buildings and engineering projects. He has expert knowledge on construction costs and contracts.

The quantity surveyor is particularly important for every project because he is the person who warns the client or contractors about any financial risk, as well as he is the person responsible for managing these onsite. It is the job of the quantity surveyor to mitigate the financial risks and identify financial opportunities. Besides the Project manager, Architect and Engineer every site must have as part of the consultant’s team a quantity surveyor. They will help keep your project within budget and they will pay for themselves and save you money in the longer run.

Having answered the question of what is a quantity surveyor, let’s have a look at the following question -what does a quantity surveyor do?

If you are curious every month ~ 663 people are searching for what is a quantity surveyor and half of these then search for what does a quantity surveyor do?

The role of the quantity surveyor can vary depending on who his employer is.

If he is working for a Subcontractor, he will generally participate or be involved in the following:

-Tender adjudication

-Tender negotiation

-Prepares and updates the cost value reconciliation document

-Attends the pre-let meeting

-Monthly applications

-Measurement and re-measurement activities

-Negotiation of variations

-Final account negotiation

The Quantity Surveyor working for the subcontractor will generally be responsible for a couple of sites depending on the sizes and demand. (Some sites can be easily managed while some can be very demanding and would require more input and analysis than normal).

If he is working for a Main Contractor, he will generally participate or be involved in the following: –

-Prepares and updates the cost value reconciliation document

-Subcontractor procurement:

  • prepares and sends trade packages to subcontractors

  • on receipt of the priced BOQs, he will create a cost package summary analysis taking into account all inclusions and exclusions, as well as assumptions and allowances that need to be made, to ensure a like for like comparison from each company.

  • he will negotiate and investigate if the subcontractors have the availability and resources to proceed on site. Sometimes he will need to obtain references for previous projects if he has never worked with them before.

-Prepares the documentation for the pre-let meetings (it is advisable to have this meeting with two subcontractors for each trade as opposed to just one -this is a good opportunity to go into the details, the scope and discuss possible issues and strategies to move forward )

-Prepares and issues the order documentation for all the subcontractors

-Evaluates all the subcontractor’s applications

-Negotiates all the variations

-Issues the payment/pay-less notices for the applications

-Prepares the monthly valuation for the whole project for the clients

-Negotiates the application with the client’s Quantity Surveyor which is called a Professional Quantity Surveyor (PQS)

-Negotiates all the final accounts with the subcontractors

The Quantity Surveyor working for the Main Contractor will generally be responsible for managing a major project or a couple of smaller or medium projects.

If he is working for the client, he will generally:

-Provide advice on construction cost and strategic planning

-Prepare the Bill of Quantities or Schedule of Works along with the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire and send them to the relevant Builders / Main contractors / Developers

-Evaluate and prepare a like for like cost analysis from the tender submissions received

-Prepare and manage the Contract between the client and the party who will execute the works on site

-Manage the costs from the client’s perspective, analysing the monthly applications and variations to the original scope.

-Issue his payment assessment and will negotiate the final account on behalf of the client.

The Professional Quantity Surveyor working for the client will generally be responsible for managing a couple of projects.

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