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Quantity Surveyor Roles and Responsibilities in Pre-Contract and Post Contract Stage

This article is going to analyse quantity surveyor roles and responsibilities. Also roles and responsibilities of a quantity surveyor in pre-contract stage and post-contract stage. The Modern Quantity Surveyor’s role is expanding to create a wide range of job qs titles and responsibilities. Instead of traditional Quantity Surveyor duties such as measure materials and trade works. The QS responsibilities include financial, contractual, and commercial management knowledge that apply both before project start and during the construction stage.

The duties of the quantity surveyor will differ and perform the range of functions where quantity surveyor work in small, medium size company or the large firm.

A quantity surveyor may work for either the client or the contractor, working in an office or on-site. They are involved in a project from the startup preparing estimates and costs of the work to the final figures to complete the project. These are things that quantity surveyor job consists.

Quantity Surveyor Role in Sustainability

Nowadays increase the concept of sustainable development that gives an exciting challenge for the QS in this new era. The quantity surveyor duties in sustainable construction:

  1. Green Costing
  2. Life Cycle Costing/ Life Cycle Assessment
  3. Carbon Footprint
  4. Property Performance Reporting
  5. Green Building Rating Assessment
  6. Building Information Model (BIM)

Quantity Surveyor Duties in General Construction Project

Chung (2000) recognized that Quantity Surveyors duties are preliminary cost advice, cost planning and value management, contractual methods. Moreover, tendering, choice of contractor, valuation of construction work, project management and increased efficiency.

RICS (1999) pointed out some services of Quantity Surveyor should be provided during the different stage of the project. In the pre-contract stage: Quantity Surveyor should prepare and develop preliminary cost plan, advise on cost of design team’s proposals. Moreover, monitor cost implications during the detailed design stage, maintain and develop cost plan.

For the tender stage: Quantity Surveyor should advise on the contractual documentation to clients. Moreover, Quantity Surveyor also needs to prepare recommendations for interim payments, post-contract cost control and final account. Furthermore, Quantity Surveyor should provide and price bills of quantities, prepare cost analysis, advice on financial implications, advise on the use of areas and provide a measurement of areas, provide advice on contractual matters.

Quantity Surveyor Role in RIBA Plan of Work

Here are the list of quantity surveyor duties and responsibilities in the different stage of RIBA Plan of Work.

Quantity Surveyor Duties in Feasibility Stage

The Quantity Surveyor Duties in Design Stage

Quantity Surveyor Roles in Tender Stage

Quantity Surveyor Duties in Construction Stage

Other Quantity Surveyor Duties

Quantity Surveyor Duties and Responsibilities


Quantity Surveyor Job Descriptions

Here is summarized quantity surveyor duties and job descriptions from different countries. Such as Australia, UK, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, and UAE. (source: online QS vacancy advertisements)

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