Preface to Third Edition
Quantity surveying remains a diverse profession with practitioners moving into new areas, some of which are outlined in Chapter 7. The Preface to the Second Edition of New Aspects of Quantity Practice referred to the increasing interest from both the profession and the construction industry in sustainability and green issues.
During the past five years, since the previous edition, sustainability has risen to world prominence and the construction industry, worldwide, has been identified as number one in the league table of polluters and users of diminishing natural resources.
It is unsurprising therefore that sustainability has risen to prominence in the industry with many undergraduate and postgraduate programmes now including dedicated modules on sustainable development, and clients, professionals, developers and contractors seeking to establish their green credentials.
Ethics, both personal and business, and professional standards have also risen to prominence. Never before has the behaviour of politicians, public figures and professionals been under such close scrutiny; the age of transparency and accountability may truly be said to have arrived.
Although ethics has a long history of research and literature in areas such as medicine, the amount of guidance available for surveyors has been almost non-existent until recently and even now cannot be described as comprehensive. One thing that has been a common theme throughout the writing of the three editions of this book is that quantity surveyors feel unloved not least by their professional institution, the RICS.
In 2010 quantity surveyors, not for the first time, threatened to leave the RICS in response to the introduction of AssocRICS, a new grade of membership that, it was believed, would result in a lowering of entry standards to the institution.
Layered on top of the above is what has been described as the deepest recession since the 1920s, with all the challenges that this brought. As this book goes to press, it is still uncertain how many large public sector projects will be axed as the aftermath of the credit crunch lingers on and continues to impact upon the construction industry’s order books.
Nevertheless, despite world recessions and new areas of focus for practice, the quantity surveyor continues to prosper, with interest in the profession never higher. Therefore, raise a glass to the quantity surveyor, by any definition a true survivor.
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