The Quantity Surveyor is the person responsible for figuring out just what a construction project is going to cost. They have other roles too, especially making sure that construction costs and production are managed as efficiently as possible.
Quantity Surveyors have this title because they prepare a ‘schedule of quantities’ — estimates of the material and labor costs — that contractors’ tenders can be measured against. (However, contractors are not selected for cost alone.) The schedule is also called a cost estimate.
Once the building starts, the quantity surveyor can provide cash flow data so the client can arrange the finances needed for each stage of the project. The quantity surveyor can also assess cost effects when changes to the project occur, such as delays, and agree on ‘variation’ with contractors. Resolving disputes between clients, designers and building contractors is another role in some projects.
Resources for Quantity Surveyors