A Quantity Surveyor, or Q.S., is a construction professional responsible for analyzing the financial investment required to complete a project. They begin with an estimate of the initial costs including material, labor, equipment and tools and any legal costs including insurance and permit acquisition.
This often results in the preparation of a feasibility study in which any potential monetary risks are also reported to a client or contractor. In the construction or repair of a public structure or bridge, for example, costs associated with health and safety would also be included. Once a project begins the Quantity Surveyor follows the progress, adjusting the estimate to reflect actual expenses.
They are responsible for minimizing costs while still meeting standards of safety and quality. For this reason, the Q.S. must know and understand Government codes and regulations for both the type of project and its geographic location.
In most cases the Quantity Surveyor is responsible for hiring and providing payment to the contractors and laborers used on the job. For this reason, the Surveyor needs a firm understanding of the skills required by each contractor as well as a solid estimate of the work per hour required to complete each task within the allotted time frame. Good people skills and an ability to effectively communicate are essential as the Surveyor will spend their time in part with business professionals and manual laborers on the job site.
The ability to read, write and understand financial reports, feasibility studies and business communications are also essential skills required by the chartered surveyors blackpool. In order to secure this position a Bachelors Degree in Surveying, Civil Engineering, or a related course of study is generally necessary as the scope of work can range from residential, small to large commercial property development, or industrial construction. Project Management, Planning and Time Management skills are also important in this line of work.
Quantity Surveyors may work directly for a client or construction firm or may provide their servicers as a freelancer. Chartered Quantity Surveyors are professionals that work in a group under the umbrella of a consulting firm. Companies in need of services actually hire the firm and the firm assigns the project in whole or in part to a Surveyor in their employ. Freelance Quantity Surveyors accept work on a job by job basis and often bid against others for open positions. While there may be less job security in working independently, the Freelance Quantity Surveyor can be more selective and flexible in the job types they accept with as much or as little variety and travel as they desire.