Quantity surveyors prepare cost estimates and plans, audit projects, manage costs and administer contracts, for all levels and types of construction.
Duties & Tasks
Quantity surveyors may perform the following tasks:liaise with 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 a project
review any changes to a design plan 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
perform feasibility studies to assist with decisions about the worth of a project proceeding
serve as a consultant to business and government.
Quantity surveyors usually work in offices. They also visit building sites, clients and other members of construction teams.
analytical and logical
able to concentrate for long periods
good oral and written communication skills
able to work accurately with figures
able to work independently or as part of a team
aptitude for working with computers.