Quantity Surveyor (QS) controls the construction costs by measuring accurately the work required, the application of expert knowledge of costs and prices of work, labour, materials and plant required, an understanding of the implications of design decisions at an early stage to ensure that good value is obtained for the money to be expended. (Wikipedia). To be a quantity surveyor you should have the following qualities:
Private Practice surveyor is that quantity surveyor who works on a private company. The role of Quantity surveyor in a private practice is that it acts as the financial and development consultant to the construction and property development. The quantity surveyor in a private practice includes advising clients on the optimal use of funds as well as strategies to maximize human and physical resources. The traditional QS in a private practice have the following functions:
A quantity surveyor in a construction company has a broader role than that of the private practice. In the construction company you need to deal with different kind of people. From the project supervisor, to the engineers and to the workers. An extended knowledge in the surrounding is important.
The construction surveyor is concerned with the accurate measurement and position of points on the earth's surface, and to establishment of boundaries. They can do this by measuring the relative horizontal and vertical position of points on the ground, aided by a theodolite or similar optical instrument. QS, In a construction site is much more complicated than that of the private practice. Although there is some role in the private practice that is also being done by the QS in the construction company such as:
talk to architects, engineers, builders, contractors, suppliers and project owners
study architectural and engineering drawings and specifications
prepare a 'Bill of Quantities', which lists the individual components required to construct the project
check on changes of design to assess the effects on cost
assess and recommend payment to contractors during construction
prepare monthly cash-flow forecasts for clients and tax depreciation schedules
undertake feasibility studies to assist in decisions about the worth of a project proceeding
act as consultants to business and government.
Contractors' quantity surveyor is responsible for all legal and commercial matters within the
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