Construction Quantity Surveying A Practical Guide for the Contractor's QS by Donald Towey | PDF Free Download.
This book aims to provide readers with a practical guide and insight into quantity surveying from a main contractor’s (the contractor) perspective and allow them to acquire an understanding of the skills and competencies of the contractor’s quantity surveyor.
As a result of various procurement pathways open to clients, some contractors are prepared to offer a design and build service and commit to a predetermined budget.
As a result, quantity surveying has become a skill in demand by contractors seeking input into contemporary aspects of construction procurement.
This includes measurement, estimating, contract administration and construction planning, as well as commercial, cost and project management.
The author’s experience of the construction industry includes working practices in both the United Kingdom and Australia, and I have elected to use references based upon UK practice.
However, many processes apply internationally, and the book will be of value to readers in any country who recognize quantity surveying as an integral part of the commercial and project management of a contractor’s business.
The first chapter discusses the construction industry in general and the following two chapters focus on measurement methodology and the contractor’s business respectively, including a discussion on estimating and where the quantity surveyor fits into the process.
The remaining chapters have a ‘hands on’ approach that discusses commercial and contractual management of a construction project, including day-to-day running from commencement through to completion.
Anyone with an interest in the management of construction projects, including students working towards qualifications in construction,
building economics, quantity surveying, or any course relevant to the industry, will find the book invaluable as both a learning guide and source of reference.
According to the Office for National Statistics, the average value of construction output by contractors for the decade 2000–2009 in Great Britain was circa £100 billion per annum at 2005 prices.
Of this amount, 62% was for new work and 38% for repairs and maintenance.
This impressive value represents an increase of 17% over the previous decade, with the percentage split between new and repair/maintenance works remaining constant.
Industrial reports indicate that the decade 2010–2019 will see growth, albeit to a lesser extent than witnessed between 2000 and 2009.
The industry has over 300,000 firms employing in excess of 2 million people in a multitude of roles, including suppliers, designers, contractors, manufacturers and those suppliers of goods and services that rely on the industry.
The industry is buoyant in terms of economic stability, and offers employment that expands and contracts with the amount of spending by the private and public sectors.
In terms of Gross Value Added (GVA), which is the economic measure of the total value of goods and services produced in the national accounts, the industry contributes 7–9% annually and is indeed a giant in terms of the contribution it makes to the national economy and workforce.
A client may be an individual, partnership, group of persons, organisation or business from the public or private sectors that seeks and pays for building works.
Public sector means central and local governments and private sector means an individual(s), firm(s) as partnerships and limited or unlimited companies.
In general, the client’s role is to decide a suitable method of procurement to obtain a building, which involves a series of appointments to create teams tasked with assisting and delivering a project.
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