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Construction Quantity Surveying. A Practical Guide for the Contractor's QS. Edition No. 2

  • ID: 4143343
  • Book
  • November 2017
  • 376 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd

The revised and updated comprehensive resource for Quantity Surveyors working with a construction contractor

The second edition of Construction Quantity Surveying offers a practical guide to quantity surveying from a main contractor's perspective. This indispensable resource covers measurement methodology (including samples using NRM2 as a guide), highlights the complex aspects of a contractor's business, reviews the commercial and contractual management of a construction project and provides detailed and practical information on running a project from commencement through to completion. 

Today’s Quantity Surveyor (QS) plays an essential role in the management of construction projects, although the exact nature of the role depends on who employs the QS. The QS engaged by the client and the contractor's QS have different parts to play in any construction project, with the contractor's QS role extending beyond traditional measurement activities, to encompass day-to-day tasks of commercial building activities including estimating, contract administration, and construction planning, as well as cost and project management. This updated and practical guide:

  • Focuses on the application, knowledge and training required of a modern Quantity Surveyor
  • Clearly shows how Quantity Surveying plays an essential central role within the overall management of construction projects
  • Covers measurement methodology, the key elements of the contractor's business and the commercial and contractual management of a construction project

The construction industry changes at fast pace meaning the quantity surveyor has a key role to play in the successful execution of construction projects by providing essential commercial input. Construction Quantity Surveying meets this demand as an up-to-date practical guide that includes the information needed for a Quantity Surveyor to perform at the highest level. It clearly demonstrates that quantity surveying is not limited to quantifying trade works and shows it as an important aspect of commercial and project management of construction projects.

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Preface vii

1 The Construction Industry and the Quantity Surveyor 1

1.1 Industry Overview 1

1.2 Parties Involved in a Construction Project 4

1.3 Legislation and Control of the Building Process 15

1.4 Industrial Bodies 20

1.5 Funding and Market Drivers 24

1.6 Economic and Construction Cycles 25

1.7 Development of Quantity Surveying 26

1.8 Construction Innovation and the Contractor’s Quantity Surveyor 28

1.9 Prospects for the Contractor’s Quantity Surveyor 36

2 Measurement and Quantities 41

2.1 Measurement Guides and Coverage Rules 41

2.2 RICS New Rules of Measurement (NRM) 42

2.3 Other Measurement Guides 44

2.4 Arrangement of Project Information 45

2.5 Measurement Terminology 50

2.6 Measurement Example 55

2.7 Builder’s Quantities 57

2.8 Software Systems 72

2.9 Alternative Bills of Quantities 73

3 Working with the Main Contractor 77

3.1 Contracting Organisations 77

3.2 Management Systems 83

3.3 Marketing for Contracts 87

3.4 Procurement 89

3.5 Estimating and the Contractor’s Quantity Surveyor 111

3.6 Construction Contracts 149

3.7 Remedies for Breach of Contract 165

4 Project Commencement 175

4.1 The Project Team 175

4.2 Pre]Construction Handover 177

4.3 Office and Site]Based Roles 178

4.4 Construction Programme 179

4.5 Project Administration 184

4.6 Site Establishment 205

4.7 Review of the Main Contract 209

5 Supply Chain Procurement 243

5.1 The Supply Chain 243

5.2 Labour]Only Subcontractors 245

5.3 Labour and Material Subcontractors 248

5.4 Material Supply Scheduling and Purchase Ordering 267

5.5 Labour Hire Agreements 272

5.6 Plant Hire Agreements 274

5.7 Consultant Appointments 275

6 Running the Project 279

6.1 Document Control 279

6.2 Changes to the Works 283

6.3 Reimbursement 292

6.4 Cost Centres and Financial Reporting 309

6.5 Tracking Expenditure 310

6.6 Extension of Time (EOT) Claims 314

6.7 Financial Claims 318

6.8 Voluntary and Involuntary Contract Terminations 328

6.9 Project Reporting 336

7 Project Completion 339

7.1 Sectional and Practical Completion 339

7.2 Operating Manuals and As]Built Information 342

7.3 Defects 345

7.4 Final Accounts 347

7.5 Project Closure 355

Further Reading 359

Index 361

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Donald Towey MRICS.
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