Quantity Surveyors

Quantity surveyors prepare cost estimates, and monitor and control actual expenditure. They do this for construction projects such as office blocks, retail and residential developments, factories and hospitals, civil engineering projects such as railways and bridges, and other industrial and resource projects.

Quantity Surveyors usually work in offices. They also visit building sites, clients and design teams.

Quantity Surveyors may perform tasks including:

  • managing costs of a construction project from start to finish;
  • working with architects, engineers, builders, contractors, suppliers and project owners to measure and evaluate project costs;
  • estimating the cost of construction, establishing a budget and examining whether the proposed construction methods will be economical and suitable; and
  • acting as consultants to business and government.

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Personal Requirements

  • able to analyse problems and produce logical solutions
  • capacity for intense concentration over long periods
  • able to communicate ideas and information in clearly written reports
  • able to work accurately with figures
  • able to work closely with others
  • knowledge of computer applications

Education and Training

The minimum requirement is a degree or diploma in Quantity Surveying and registration with the Building Practitioners Board as a Quantity Surveyor.


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