When some people think of a quantity surveyor, they imagine someone like an accountant who simply keeps a record of the costs of a project. While this is one element of what a quantity surveyor does, there is much more to the role. Understanding the duties of a quantity surveyor can help project leaders see their value on the team and why they contribute to the success of a construction project. This blogpost highlights some of the duties typically taken on by quantity survey
Renovation - St Kilda (Budget $750,000) We were engaged after the project was well underway and the client was having issues with the contracted builder. The builder was on-site and approximately 25% of the way through the renovation which was predominantly fit-out. The project was technically at lock up stage.
The standard building contract was used, which stipulates certain percentages of the contract value must be paid at certain stages of the project. See the below graph.
Dispute Resolution Greater Shepparton (Value $700,000) In this case, the local council had planted trees close to a heritage listed building. The trees drew all the moisture out of the ground which caused the footings to drop and the building to shift. We were engaged by the owners of the building to provide expert witness costings and related construction techniques associated with the rectification works. We also provided the costs related to moving the business out of the