QUANTITY SURVEYING — THE LOST ART OF MEASUREMENT

QUANTITY SURVEYING — THE LOST ART OF MEASUREMENT

Like any profession, Quantity Surveying has evolved due to the rapid development of technology over the past few decades. The influx of computer-based solutions has resulted in many believing that traditional methods of measuring for Bills of Quantities are now outmoded, and can be put out to pasture. But is this really the case? Keelagher Okey Klein disagree. We believe there is still a strong case to be made for traditional methods of measurement and offer building and construction services, including Chartered Quantity Surveyors and qualified CDM Co-ordinators.

What are the traditional methods of measuring in Quantity Surveying?
Prior to any construction work beginning, one of the roles of the Quantity Surveyor is to measure the proposed works and produce a Bill of Quantities, an itemised document breaking down costs of building materials, parts and labour. In order to produce a Bill of Quantities, the Quantity Surveyor measures the quantities based upon standardised rules and definitions. It’s not an easy job, but one that any experienced Quantity Surveyor should be more than capable of, and it’s this experience that ensures that even items that are not shown on the drawings are measured.

What are the advantages of the traditional methods?
Because the criteria by which the quantities are measured are pre-determined, they are produced in a consistent manner, familiar to the construction industry and this makes costing, evaluating, valuing and varying the building works much easier to predict, especially once the construction work has progressed.

What methods are replacing the traditional methods of measurement in Quantity Surveying?
Over the past few years, software solutions such as 3D modelling packages are becoming more commonplace. However, while producing faster results for Quantity Surveyors, such methods can be inconsistent from program to program, making Bills of Quantities less accurate for the Client. This makes jobs harder to accurately control.

But is measurement in Quantity Surveying really a “lost art”?
It might not quite be lost yet, but it’s going that way. An article published in the Journal for Education in the Built Environment in 2010 laments the diminished role of measurement in Quantity Surveying, claiming that “standards of measurement have decreased over the last ten years” ”“ and that was written four years ago. The article cites the increasingly demanding workload of the modern Quantity Surveyor, such as a greater focus on project management tasks, as one of the reasons for eschewing traditional measurement methods.

Why don’t all Quantity Surveyors offer traditional methods of measurement?
To save time and effort ”“ for themselves. Forgoing the traditional methods of measurement rarely ”“ if ever ”“ benefits the Client. At some point in the construction process, the quantities need to be measured, and measured correctly. So why stand for it? Keelagher Okey Klein’s experienced Chartered Quantity Surveyors don’t believe in cutting corners. They pride themselves on ensuring their Clients receive nothing but the highest quality service, which is why we remain committed to producing Bills of Quantities using traditional, accurate, and reliable methods of measurement. This way, each job will be easier for you to cost for ”“ which is one less thing for you to worry about.

Learn more about our experienced, RICS Chartered Quantity Surveyors and CDM Co-ordinators at www.kok-surveyors.co.uk