Construction Quantity Surveying: A Practical Guide for the Contractor's QS

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John Wiley & Sons, May 18, 2012 - Technology & Engineering - 352 pages
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The modern quantity surveyor (QS) plays a central role in the management of construction projects, although the exact nature of the role depends on who employs the QS. The Professional Quantity Surveyor engaged by the client and the Contractor's Quantity Surveyor have different roles to play in any construction project, with the contractor's QS role extending beyond measurement to the day-to-day running of building projects, estimating, contract administration and construction planning, as well as commercial, cost and project management.

This book aims to provide readers with a practical guide into quantity surveying from a main contractor's perspective. Readers will acquire an understanding of the skills and competencies required by the contractor’s quantity surveyor. Following a brief introduction, the book's early chapters cover measurement methodology and the contractor's business, with the rest of the chapters discussing commercial and contractual management of a construction project, including day-to-day running from commencement through to completion, in a highly practical way.


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1  The Construction Industry and the Quantity Surveyor
13 Legislation and control of the building process
14 Industry networking
15 Funding and market drivers
16 Economic and construction cycles
18 Development of the quantity surveyor
19 Construction innovation and the quantity surveyor
476 Control of the works
477 Cost variations
478 Payments
479 Termination
4711 Contract schedules and special provisions
48Edited and bespoke forms of contract
5  Supply Chain Procurement
53Labour and material subcontractors

110 Prospects and augmentation of the quantity surveyor
2  Measurement and Quantities
22Arrangement of documents and project information
23 Measurement terminology
24Control of the system and delegation of tasks
25Measurement example
27Alternative bills of quantities
3  Working with the Main Contractor
32Management systems
33Marketing for contracts
34Estimating and the contractors quantity surveyor
4  ProjectCommencement
42Preconstruction handover
43Office and sitebased roles
45Project administration
46Site establishment
47Review of the main contract
471 Articles of the Agreement
472 Insurance
473 Employers financial security
474 Carrying out the works
475 Delays in carrying out the works
54Material supply scheduling and purchase ordering
55Labour hire agreements
56Plant hire agreements
6  Running the Project
62Changes to the works
64Cost centres and financial reporting
65Tracking expenditure
66Extension of time claims
67Financial claims
68 Settlement of disputes
69Voluntary and involuntary contract terminations
610 Project reporting
7  Project Completion
72Operating manuals and As Built information
74Final accounts
75 Project closure
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About the author (2012)

Donald Towey MRICS has extensive experience of the construction industry. His experience began as an estimator with a glass/glazing contractor in Manchester. Following a number of positions with UK contractors he relocated to Australia and has worked with a number of developers & main contractors, as well as doing freelance work. He is currently working in commercial management in Sydney.

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