A Quantity Surveyor provides strategic planning, estimating, cost, time and risk management for construction projects. The responsibilities of a quantity surveyor range from the financial, technical and legal aspects of construction projects.
At Measure Manage, we take pride in offering top-quality quantity surveying services. We are renowned for the immaculate service that we provide our clients. We conduct the best quantity surveying, tender, and contract management, contract administration, progress and productivity measurement, dispute avoidance, minimisation and resolution services across various sectors.
With offices in Perth, Measure Manage is ideally located to work on your project anywhere in Australia. Whether your project relates to a commercial, residential, mining, oil and gas infrastructure, or an operational or maintenance activity, we take full responsibility for the managing of estimating the costs.
Quantity Surveying in Construction
We at Measure Manage handle the following on a daily basis, so if you are wondering if our Quantity Surveying services are suitable for your construction project… the answer it yes! At Measure Manage, we bring our combined people and technology power to bear on each of our client engagements.
We use the latest software to provide our clients with highly accurate, fast, and cost effective reports, with our projects ranging from residential properties through to assessing the construction value of new multi-million dollar projects.
Our Quantity Surveying services can be viewed in line with the various project phases, typically prior to construction, during construction, and following completion of the works.
1. Pre-construction Phase
- Cost Planning: We believe that effective cost planning should be undertaken at the very onset of every project. This will work to assist both the client and consultant through the challenge of important construction planning decisions, and will provide the best possible value outcome for both parties. Planning is one of the most important steps in the pre-construction phase.
- Detailed Estimates and Cost Advice: During the design development stage it is essential to have detailed estimates to provide both the client and the team with more choice and understanding of how far the budget will go.
- Design Meetings: We will attend all design meetings and briefs on behalf of our clients.
- Bills of Quantity: Embracing the latest quantity surveying software we are able to produce detailed documentation enabling accurate and rapid tendering. We believe that the initial capital outlay of BoQ production is a wise investment choice, enabling cross checking of documentation prior to tender and as a method of valuing change and for the assessment of interim payments during construction.
- Value Management Advice: At Measure Manage we will always strive to suggest a more cost effective alternative if we can, offering you solutions that will ensure that you meet your budget.
- Building Services: We will manage the contractual relationships between the various parties involved in any particular building project. We are available to assist with even the most complex installations.
- Material Selection: We will provide advice on buildability and inform you of any issues that may arise with the selection of certain material.
- Tenderer Selection: We provide general advice and recommendations on selecting tenders and assist in reviewing the tenders chosen to help you find the best one suited to your project.
- Review Progress Claims: We provide thorough examination for work in progress and recommendation for payment values.
- Regular Financial Statements: Issued during the construction forecasting final end cost.
- Change Management: Measurement, pricing and negotiation of variations.
- Cost Management:We maintain cost effectiveness by carefully looking at contractors claims, assessing and monitoring against project contingency, assisting with negotiations and providing advice to our clients of any anticipated changes that may occur.
3. Post Construction Phase
- Final Account Preparation: We will provide adequate resources to structure the agreement.
- Attending Meetings: We attend and represent our clients at any commercial meetings.
What are the Benefits of a Quantity Surveyor for your Construction Project?
Your duty as a client is to finance the project and make payments when they are needed. The decision of hiring a quantity surveyor depends on your willingness to successfully complete the project and the success of a project depends on how it is managed. This is where we come in to the equation and manage this for you!
7 Advantages of hiring a Quantity Surveyor:
- Accurate Cost Projections: When you hire a quantity surveying specialist, he or she will prepare the anticipated cost projections for your building project. The consultant will furnish you with an accurate cost estimate that allows you to plan your budget in advance before work commences.
- Securing Finance: When you get a cost estimate, you can use the estimate to get a loan from the bank. Most Bank Managers will not give you a loan unless you have a detailed cost estimate from a professional quantity surveyor. Your cost estimations should be part of your business plan, since a business plan is often required to convince the Manager when applying for a bank guarantee.
- Ordering Materials from Suppliers: Instead of asking a building contractor to give you a quote for the job, you should ask an independent quantity surveying consulant to give you a cost estimate to avoid being overcharged. After getting the cost estimate, you should take the estimate to suppliers of building materials so that they can calculate quantities based on your estimate. This procedure helps you avoid waste due to excess orders.
- Saving Costs: Most of the time, people are not aware that they can save money by hiring a quantity surveyor. The mistake that some clients make is relying completely on the building contractor to handle the project. You need a quantity surveyor to manage your contractor, and protect you from being ripped off. The quantity surveyor’s fee is nothing compared to the money you will lose to a dominant contractor.
- Project Completion Time: One of the major positives of quantity surveying is to ensure that the project is finished on time. A quantity surveyor often acts as the Project Manager, supervising the contractor and monitoring the progress on site. Penalties are applied when avoidable delays are made.
- Enforcing the Building Contract: A quantity surveyor is a contract management agent who sees to it that clauses in the building contract are followed. Before a project is awarded to the winning bidder, the contractor has to sign the contract documents and agreements that contain procedures for handling disputes and payments, among other things.
- Claims and Disputes: A quantity surveying consultant is trained to handle claims and disputes arising during the course of the project. Equipped with contract management expertise, he or she solves disputes by quoting clauses in the prevailing agreements. Disputes related to payments, valuations, measurements, and bills of quantities are perfectly handled by a QS who is well versed in this area
So, why choose us as your Quantity Surveying Specialists?
Measure Manage is a professional Quantity Surveying Service in Perth Western Australia. Call us now at 08 6245 9909 or Feel Free to Contact Us
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
Quantity Surveying is the measuring of all materials, labour, and plant for a construction project into a neat and tidy group of descriptions called Items. Construction drawings illustrate the work that is to be completed but may not make much sense without Items to describe, in detail, the work that is to be completed. Quantity Surveyor will then measure how much of a certain supply will be needed to complete the item. For example, 10m3 of concrete is needed to fill a foundation footing or 10 doors for a house.
A Quantity Surveyor is a person who performs the Quantity Surveying duties. They are usually educated to a tertiary degree level and have excellent experience in construction. A Quantity Surveyor may also have several roles in any one project. They may have rules with the Client, the Main Contractor, a Subcontractor, or even a Supplier. All Quantity Surveyor roles are to accurately forecast the cost of any construction project and to maximize value for their employer. Check out some more in our blog “What is a Quantity Surveyor?”
Whether you are a ‘Mum and Dad’ team building for the first time or a multi-national contractor, everyone really needs a Quantity Surveyor.
From the very start, a Quantity Surveyor is an essential part of any construction project. Their role is as integral and similar to that of an Accountant in that if you are asking yourself ‘how much will this cost?’, ‘how long will it take, and how do I go about constructing this project?’, then that is when you need a Quantity Surveyor. It does not matter if you are just building an extension on your house or if you are dealing with projects in the billions. Having a Quantity Surveyor on your team is invaluable, no matter the scale.
Hiring a Quantity Surveyor for your project can sometimes be harder than you expect. Professional and good Quantity Surveyors can be difficult to find, and unfortunately, our industry has had a skill’s shortage! While hiring a Quantity may not be as easy, finding the right one may take some time!