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May 11

3 Bad Practices: Describing Items in Bills of Quantities – How To Properly Describe BOQ Items

  Preparing Bills of Quantities (BOQs) is one of the tasks of a Quantity Surveyor or Construction Cost Estimator. One important thing that makes a Bill useful to the contractor, owner and other members of the project team is how the Bill items are described.  BOQ descriptions should be specific with relevant information that helps …

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May 11

Composite Rate Build Up for Internal Plumbing (Sanitary Fittings) – Approximate Quantities in Elemental Estimate Layout

  Composite Rate Build up – Sanitary Fittings Wash Hand Basin: The Elemental Estimate layout and grouping of items will be used in this example. When building up composite rates for Approximate Quantities, you have to follow some basic principles. We are going to illustrate a composite rate build-up for a Wash Hand Basin: ‘Vaal …

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May 09

Composite Rate Build Up for Rainwater Downpipes – Approximate Quantities in Elemental Estimate Layout

  Composite Rate Build up – Rainwater Downpipes The Elemental Estimate layout and grouping of items will be used in this example. When building up composite rates for Approximate Quantities, you have to follow some basic principles. We are going to illustrate a composite rate build-up for Rainwater Downpipes: 0,6mm Galvanised sheet iron Class Z …

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May 09

Composite Rate Build Up for Verges – Approximate Quantities in Elemental Estimate Layout

  Composite Rate Build up – Verges The Elemental Estimate layout and grouping of items will be used in this example. When building up composite rates for Approximate Quantities, you have to follow some basic principles. We are going to illustrate a composite rate build-up for Verges: 15 x 225mm Barge board countersunk screwed to …

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May 08

Composite Rate Build Up for Eaves – Approximate Quantities in Elemental Estimate Layout

  Composite Rate Build up – Eaves The Elemental Estimate layout and grouping of items will be used in this example. When building up composite rates for Approximate Quantities, you have to follow some basic principles. We are going to illustrate a composite rate build-up for Eaves:   Fibre cement 15 x 225mm Fascia board …

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May 07

Composite Rate Build Up for Roof and Ceilings – Approximate Quantities in Elemental Estimate Layout

    Composite Rate Build up – Roof The Elemental Estimate layout and grouping of items will be used in this example. When building up composite rates for Approximate Quantities, you have to follow some basic principles. We are going to illustrate a composite rate build-up for the Roof: Roof construction: 6 x Double-pitched Truss …

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May 04

How Much Does a Construction Cost Estimator / Quantity Surveyor Earn in the USA, UK, Canada and Australia?

Construction Cost Estimators aka Quantity Surveyors work for a number of organizations in building, civil engineering, home renovations, refurbishments, interior design, quantity surveying, project management, construction management, cost estimating consultancy, property development, mining, steel fabrication, manufacturing, ship building, facility management, asset management and many others including the government, municipalities, building material suppliers, railways, oil rigs …

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May 02

18 Universities which offer BIM, CAD Modelling and Building Design in the Quantity Surveying Curriculum

18 Quantity Surveying Courses which include BIM, CAD Modelling and Building Design BIM is the future of quantity surveying, especially the measurement and quantification part. More and more organizations in the construction industry are beginning to realize the power of a 3D Model based estimating system that automatically generates quantities from 3D CAD digital drawings. …

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Apr 30

List of the Best Quantity Surveying Courses and Universities in the World – How to Choose the Right Curricular Programme

  Are you looking for the best quantity surveying course? There are many universities and colleges offering the course, but is the course broad enough and does it cover some essential subjects that are required in the construction industry? A well rounded and balanced quantity surveying course is essential if one is looking to be …

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Apr 29

What is BIM ? – 3D Architectural Modelling and BIM Software Explained

  Architectural 3D Modelling is something that an Architect is familiar with, especially if the designer is well-versed with software like ArchiCAD. Engineering design also involves a lot of computer-based 3D modelling. When it comes to BIM, an acronym for Building Information Modelling, you have to imagine an architectural modelling platform that is open to …

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