Duties of a Quantity Surveyor


Employed by the construction industry to analyze a construction project's overall cost regarding material goods and other budgetary concerns, a quantity surveyor helps minimize the project's budget. Working on a construction site or in the contractor's main offices, the quantity surveyor also prepares legal contract documents and creates detailed progress reports about the construction project.

Writes Cost Analysis Reports

  • In order to analyze the exact costs of a building repair bill or to figure out how much a construction project will cost, a quantity surveyor writed a detailed cost-analysis report. The surveyor researchrd repair costs of a building or property by contacting construction companies that focus on this type of work. He then compares work estimates so the repair work stays within a specific budget guideline.

Reports on Safety

  • As a major construction project begins, the quantity surveyor researches all health and safety regulations regarding local and state policies to inform the project construction owners. It is crucial that none of these health and safety regulations is violated during the construction phase. The quantity surveyor will meet with construction supervisors to discuss proper ways to disperse trash. The surveyor will also discuss ways to level off sections of the site's landscape so all safety regulations are met.

Researches Local Labor

  • To stay within a construction project's budget, it may be necessary to allocate a good deal of work to local construction subcontractors. The quantity surveyor researches local labor costs of carpenters, electrical engineers and other construction workers and contacts subcontractors to hire these workers on a weekly basis. The quantity surveyor meets with the construction foreman of the project to decide which workers should be hired and how long they should work to complete the project.

Liaison with Various Stakeholders

  • At the beginning of the process, a quantity surveyor acts as a liaison between the contractor's engineering and sales department to keep costs down. This involves preparing financial reports that show the sales department which vendor to buy from in order to stay within the budget. The surveyor will also confer with the engineering department if department members feel the material goods are inferior to the more expensive ones.

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