Kue-S-Services Pty Ltd
Quantity Surveyors and Building Estimating Services

KUE-S SERVICES PTY. LTD.

WHAT IS A QUANTITY SURVEYOR?

A Quantity Surveyor (commonly abbreviated to Q.S.) is a Professional working within the Construction Industry concerned with building costs.

The Q.S. provides advice in the decision-making process throughout the management of a project from initial inception to final completion. The Q.S. handles Estimating and Cost Control, the Tendering process and, after contract award, the Commercial Interface. They also carry out Estimating and Measurement of Construction Works prior to Tender, Produce Bills of Quantities; Produce Tender Documentation and Manage the Tender Process; Clarify and Evaluate Tenders; and Manage the resultant contract through Monthly Valuations, Variation Control, Contract Administration and Assessment of Claims.

Q.S’s are trained in techniques of Cost Control, who emphasise the cost discipline often use the term "Construction Cost Consultant". They ensure that projects are designed and constructed in such a manner as to secure Value for Money, Cost Certainty and Programme Dates.

Kue-S-Services are Consultant Quantity Surveyors who:-

  • are broadly concerned with measurement and costs on construction projects. The methods employed, however, cover a range of activities which include cost planning, value engineering, feasibility studies, tendering, valuation, change control, dispute resolution, claims management, project management, cost estimation and value for money assessments.
  • works on the team comprising the Client, Architect, Engineers and Contractor  to effective progress of a project.
  • controls the Construction Costs by accurate measurement of the work required on a regular basis, the application of expert knowledge of costs and prices of work, labour, materials and plant required, an understanding of the implications of design decisions at an early stage to ensure that good value is obtained for the money to be expended.
  • Measures Quantities from Drawings, Sketches and Specifications prepared by Designers, principally Architects and Engineers, in order to prepare Tender/ Contract documents, and this is known in the industry as “Taking Off”.  The Quantities of work taken off typically are used to prepare Bills of Quantities (BOQ); which are usually prepared in accordance with a published Standard Method of Measurement (SMM) as agreed to by the QS profession and representatives of the Construction industry. This activity is usually completed before the commencement of work on site on a traditional (BOQ) project, the Contractor will then price this document in competitive tender and be paid according to a measure undertaken on site and applied to each specific work item.