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Quantity Surveyor

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.
  • Working conditions
    Quantity surveyors usually work in offices. They also visit building sites, clients and other members of construction teams.
    Personal requirements
  • 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.
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