Quantity Surveyor

A Quantity Surveyor (QS) is a construction industry professional responsible for managing all costs related to building and civil engineering projects, from the initial calculations to the final figures. They seek to minimise the costs of a project and enhance value for money, while still achieving the required standards and quality.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Cost Estimating: Preparing detailed cost estimates for projects, including labor, materials, and overheads.
  • Bills of Quantities: Creating comprehensive bills of quantities that itemize the materials, parts, and labor needed for the project.
  • Cost Control: Monitoring and controlling project costs throughout the project lifecycle to ensure it remains within budget.
  • Contract Management: Managing contracts with clients, contractors, and subcontractors, including negotiating terms and conditions.
  • Financial Reporting: Providing regular financial reports to stakeholders to keep them informed about the project’s financial status.
  • Legal and Contractual Advice: Advising on legal and contractual matters, ensuring compliance with relevant laws and regulations.
  • Value Engineering: Identifying opportunities to improve project value by optimizing resources and processes without compromising quality.


  • Cost Efficiency: Ensures that projects are completed within budget, maximising value for money.
  • Quality Assurance: Maintains high standards of quality by ensuring that all project components meet the required specifications.
  • Risk Management: Identifies and mitigates financial risks associated with construction projects.
  • Informed Decision-Making: Provides detailed financial insights that support informed decision-making throughout the project.
  • Contract Compliance: Ensures that all contractual obligations are met, reducing the risk of disputes and legal issues.


  1. Initial Cost Planning: Collaborate with project stakeholders to understand the project scope and objectives.
  2. Cost Estimation: Prepare initial cost estimates based on project requirements and historical data.
  3. Tendering and Procurement: Assist in the tendering process by preparing tender documents and evaluating bids from contractors and suppliers.
  4. Cost Monitoring: Track and monitor project costs during the construction phase to ensure they align with the budget.
  5. Final Account Preparation: Compile final accounts at the project’s completion, reconciling actual costs with initial estimates.

Applications in Construction:

  • Commercial Buildings: Managing costs for office buildings, shopping centers, and other commercial properties.
  • Residential Projects: Overseeing budget and cost control for housing developments and individual homes.
  • Infrastructure Projects: Handling financial aspects of civil engineering projects such as roads, bridges, and utilities.
  • Renovations and Extensions: Estimating and controlling costs for renovation and extension projects.