A day in the life of a Quantity Surveyor

A day in the life of a Quantity Surveyor


Hi my name is Amanda I’m a
Chartered Quantity surveyor. My job is advising clients on how
much a proposed building should cost and then assisting with the
realisation of their dreams clients are passionate
about their projects and I need to ensure they
receive value for money and are satisfied with the end product. For those clients embarking on a
construction project for the first time they need extra guidance with
regard selecting the right contractor using the right contract paying
the right amount and avoiding pitfalls. Usually I work with a team of
other QS’s to prepare tender documents and advise on the most
suitable contractor for a project. During a construction project I value
the work completed by a contractor and arrange for his next
payment on behalf of clients. What I love is that I can be working
on a number of projects at any one time ranging from small domestic housing
projects to large commercial developments. On a normal day I am out and
about meeting the project team appraising the design as it develops talking to contractors suppliers and
ensuring I know the current cost of materials in the marketplace as you can
see it’s always varied and interesting. I give the best advice you need to thoroughly
understand how a building is put together what the component
parts are and the cost and what alternatives are available. I also need to work as a professional
and have ethical values to uphold being seen to be honest and fair
with regards working with others. Today I’m reviewing the measure
of an office building structure which my team have
prepared for CAD drawings I’ll be reporting to the client with an
updated cost by the end of the week. Tomorrow I’m visiting one of
my construction projects to prepare the monthly interim payment
recommendation. Then I’m going to an early seminar at a local hotel to
discuss the latest government thinking with regards to how buildings are handed over
to clients once they’ve been completed. It’s a bit like picking up a new
car you need to know how it works and some builders can
be quite complex. Always busy