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Abbreviations Used in Quantity Surveying

Quantity surveyors often use standard abbreviations when preparing a bill of quantity, take off or construction specification. It is essential for the student has a knowledge of these abbreviations. The following abbreviations have been used by quantity surveyor so you should familiarise with these terms. Also, check out Commonly used abbreviations in construction industry and civil engineering.

Common Abbreviations in Quantity Surveying

 a.b.   as before
a.b.d.  as before described
a.b.s.  as before specified
a.m.e.  bill, measure and extend
 b.i.  build in
 CL  centre line
 c.p.  chromium plated
 cts  centres
 ddt  deduct
 descd.  described
 dia.  diameter
 dim./dimsd.  dimensioned
 dist.  distance
 ditto./do.  as before
 d.p.c.  damp proof course
 drg./dwg. drawing




 ea.  each
 E.o.  extra over
 ex  extra/out of
 f/c  final cost
 F.F.L.  finished floor level
 F.L.  floor level
 f.s.  finished size
 ftgs  footings
 galvd  galvanised
 G.F.A.  gross floor area
 G.L.  ground level
 GPO  general purpose outlet
 HDUPVC  heavy duty unplasticised polyvinyl chloride
 HE  fitment hook end allowance
 I.L  invert level
  in-situ  in position
 O.T.R.  other than rock
 P.C.  prime cost
 P.C.A.  plumb cut allowance
 p.v.a.  polyvinyl acetate
 p.v.c.  polyvinyl chloride
 rebar  bar reinforcement
 R.L.  reduced level
 R.O.Z.C.  red oxide zinc chromate
 SMM  Standard Method of Measurement
 specfn  specification
 t.c.  terraction
 T & G  tongue and groove
 UPVC  unplasticised polyvinyl chloride
 v.c.  vitrified clay
 w.  with
xtg. existing