Quantity surveyors are responsible for managing all aspects of the contractual and financial side of construction projects. Quantity surveyors manage the costs on a construction project. They help to ensure that the construction project is completed within its projected budget.
A Quantity Surveyor, or a Surveyor, manages the cost of construction projects. Their duties include determining client needs, calculating costs and timelines and monitoring construction progress.
Quantity Surveyor duties and responsibilities
Quantity Surveyors make sure their projects progress efficiently, affordably and safely by assisting in Cost Value Reconciliation (CVR) process and preparing Risk Assessments and Method Statements (RAMS). Some Quantity Surveyors provide specialised advice in construction areas, such as Life Cycle Costing (LCC) for continuous economic appraisal of the project. Their primary duties usually include:
Meeting clients to determine their needs and discuss any areas that need revising for price or feasibility
Calculating material quantities and costs, labour costs and an achievable project timeframe
Negotiating labour contracts and schedules
Advising clients and crew on legal matters and disputes
Monitoring subcontractors, safety practices, construction progress and material needs, including any changes which may impact costs
Preparing labour and supplier accounts for payment
Writing reports detailing costs and progress for clients