Quantity Surveyors and Estimators Have a Number of Important Roles and Responsibilities in Construction Projects
A quantity surveyor may work for the client, the contractor, or a sub-contractor, and their place of employment may be an office or the job site itself. They are involved in a project from the very beginning, during which time they prepare estimates and costs of the work.
Quantity surveyors are responsible for keeping tabs on any changes to the contract during the course of the project. These changes have the potential to increase or decrease costs, and the quantity surveyors generate reports to demonstrate profitability.
In addition to the role of Quantity Surveyor, he or she will also play the role of Project Engineer. In this role, he or she will be responsible for supervising the project, adhering to construction procedures, coordinating all work schedules with the main contractor, as well as maintaining communication with the project manager and the architectural coordinator.
In addition to managing the project independently and leading and motivating the team, he or she is responsible for monitoring the progress of the work and ensuring that it is proceeding according to the project schedules.
Quantity estimation and the creation of BOQ and BBS documents in accordance with drawings
• Working in coordination with the Design and Construction team.
• Conduct an analysis of the engineering drawings and specifications, verify the accuracy of the transfer of the drawing details to the ground, and check the centering and reinforcement of all works.
• The actual measurement of quantities while also keeping track of productivity.
• Ensuring that there is timely access to the resources.
• Conducting a cost analysis for the customer-performed repairs and alterations on the project that is being worked on.
• Conducting quality checks on finished work and establishing payment terms.
• Ensure that the quality of the structure, as well as the works, are completed according to the drawings and the specifications, and that there is no rework.
• Conducting in-depth analyses of results and drafting comprehensive reports on the project's advancement.
• Preparation of Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Reports, as well as Submission of Said Reports to Management
Within the realm of construction, a QS can fulfil a number of different functions. The following are some that are connected to the construction site.
Estimation of the quantities of the materials: A QS will measure the drawings and calculate the quantities of the materials that need to be purchased, such as cement, sand, aggregates, steel, bricks, blocks, tiles, paint, and so on.
When it comes to the acquisition of contracts, a client's QS will issue Tenders/RFQs, hold negotiation meetings, finalise contracts, and issue work orders/agreements, among other things. In order to submit a tender, the contractor's QS will perform quantity estimation and rate analysis.
Checking of monthly bills: the QS of the client will check the contractor's monthly bills, and the QS of the contractor will prepare monthly bills based on the work that was completed on site.
Material reconciliation: The Quality Supervisor will prepare a Reconciliation statement based on the quantity of materials received, the quantity of materials used, the balance on site, and will then calculate the amount of material that was wasted.
Preparing reports - The QS is responsible for preparing monthly Cost reports, progress reports, Cashflow reports, and other reports as needed.