Quantity Surveyor

A Quantity Surveyor, also known as a Construction Economist, estimates and monitors the costs of building and infrastructure construction and maintenance. Working on projects such as sports stadiums, tunnels, bridges, universities, residential buildings, hospitals, and roads, they’re usually involved from the feasibility stage through to completion.

Quantity Surveyors undertake tax depreciation, insurance estimation, mediation and arbitration. They work closely with architects, financiers, engineers, contractors, suppliers, project owners, property developers, accountants, insurance underwriters, solicitors and courts, and with all levels of government.

Duties and tasks

  • Measuring and estimating construction costs and cost planning
  • Producing project budgeting for feasibility studies
  • Contract administration and reporting
  • Assessing project risk and cost reporting for financial institutions
  • Life cycle costing and replacement reporting

Skills required

  • High level verbal and written communication skills
  • Financial mathematical ability
  • Keen judgement and decision‐making ability
  • Problem‐solving and troubleshooting capabilities
  • Use of critical thinking, logic, and reasoning

Working conditions

Quantity Surveyors work predominately in an office in the private sector with consulting firms or construction companies, or in the public sector with the State or Territory Government Departments or Authorities. Once project construction begins, Quantity Surveyors regularly attend on site to monitor variations in construction and their impacts on costs.

Professional associations and industry information

Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors
Master Builders Australia
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Related jobs and job titles

  • Architect
  • Building Contractor
  • Building Estimator
  • Building Site Manager
  • Construction Economist
  • Civil Engineer
  • Construction Economist
  • Cost Engineer
  • Property Developer
  • Urban and Regional Planner

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