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

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

by Donald Towey

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119312956
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 09/07/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 376
File size: 12 MB
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About the Author

Donald Towey MRICS has over 30 years' experience in the construction industry. Originating from Manchester, his wealth of experience includes working with contractors and consultants in the UK, Australia and Middle East helping to deliver a range of building types for both public and private sector clients.

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Table of Contents

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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