Frequently asked questions
Quantity Surveying includes a number of different services to a construction project. They include Cost Planning, Forecasting, Producing Bill's of Quantities, Schedule of Materials, Variation proposals, re-measurement on site, Pre Construction Estimates and Financial Management of Contracts.
A feasibility report gives an insight into a project before it has commenced, showing the possible constraints and problems involved within the project and identifying solutions to overcome them. Ultimately the report tries to conclude whether or not a project is feasible to undertake when considering all the relevant factors, the main areas being Time, Cost & Quality.
Structural engineering is giving advice on structural design and repair along with completing structural surveys and design.
Project management is concerned with the overall management of a construction project including both on and off site works, including management of both the design and construction teams
Bid writing is creating a proposal which meets the client's needs, delivers all the relevant information and presents it in a way which promotes the services you are offering to the client.
A Bill of Quantities or BoQ is a document that expresses all the processes and resources needed in the construction phase of a project in a quantifiable way. This takes the form of a list of all the construction operations needed to complete a project with quantifiable units assigned against them. This can then be used to produce a price for the works and help in programming and also resourcing them.
Estimating is the process undertaken to produce a figure for how much a project will cost to complete. This includes taking off operations, cost modeling, producing a BoQ and investigating material and sub-contractor prices.
Building Surveying includes a wide range of services including contract administration, assisting in legal matters, building insurance, design, statutory compliance to regulations, landlord and tenant lease and property advice and also general building condition surveys.
CDM is the shorthand way of referring to The Construction Design and Management regulations. These regulations are government legislation that imposes minimum health safety and welfare requirements on the construction, design and management of a construction project. These regulations are very important as they place specific health and safety responsibilities on specific parties and individuals involved with construction projects
Tendering is the process undertaken to appoint a contractor or service provider to complete the physical works, or provide a critical service for the completion of the project. This process involves sending out all the relevant documents and drawings to nominated or interested parties, these will then return a tender bid detailing amongst other things the costs and time period they estimate the works or services will take. These bids can then be compared or negotiated with a view to appointing one of the parties to undertake the works. The information complied during the tendering process will then become part of the contract documentation between the appointed party and the client.
Programming is the way in which a project is planned. This involves listing all the operations that need to take place for the completion of construction and assigning them time duration. This then gives an overall program for the works and the overall time it will take to complete the project.