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Quantity Surveyors, project managers, cost engineers or anybody interested in the construction industry and built environment should find really useful information on this large web site dedicated to the quantity surveying profession in South Africa. Our Events Calendar lists seminars and events for quantity surveyors, cost engineers, project managers and other role players in the construction industry. Visit our online store to purchase contracts, documents, apparel and software or take time out to catch up on the latest "News". Browse around... we hope you enjoy your stay! Welcome. We're glad you're here.


Building on Sunshine

The first ASAQS seminar of the new millennium was held in Johannesburg yesterday and proved to be a great success. The theme was "Building on Sunshine" and it placed alternative energy under the spotlight. 

When it was first advertised, only 120 seats were available but due to demand this was quickly increased to 205 seats. Unfortunately this was the maximum capacity that the venue could provide us with as a further 100 seats could easily been sold!

Mr Bert van den Heever, president of  the ASAQS opened the proceedings. He was followed by Prof. Chrisna du Plessis who talked about energy security in an increasingly uncertain future. Her presentation included a frightening overview on climate change and where we are heading if we do not change the way we produce energy right now!

Dr Logan Rangasamy,  Head of International Economic Relations and Policy at the South African Reserve Bank talked on the effect of energy prices on global and national monetary policy.

Dr Logan Rangasamy of the Reserve Bank pictured above with Mr Larry Feinberg, Executive Director of the ASAQS and Mr Karl Trusler, EduTech Director. EduTech is a division of the ASAQS and and Karl was responsible for arranging the first ASAQS seminar this century.

Henning Holm, architect and energy expert talked on solutions available to us with specific reference to solar energy and its applications. He was followed by Wally Weber of Blackdot Energy. Wally is an industrial engineer and his talk gave the audience a technical perspective on solar thermal and solar photo voltaic energy.

Sanlam was the official sponsor of the event.

To view some photographs taken during the event please click here.

Cost of green building 

During the ASAQS conference, "Building on Sunshine", a meeting took place between representatives of the ASAQS, the Green Building Council and the committee formed to investigate the cost of green building in South Africa.

The investigation into the actual construction cost data derived from buildings that received a Green Star SA certification from the GBCSA will be published in an unbiased and easily understood manner. Results will be based on all South African office buildings that have received a 4, 5 or 6 star Green Star SA certification by the end of December 2014.

It is planned that the publication will be ready for presentation at the GBCSA conference later this year.

Representatives of ASAQS and the GBCSA
Representatives of ASAQS and the GBCSA after their meeting on the 30th July. 

Under 40? Wish to win a free trip to NZ? Then read on...

The Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS) established the PAQS - Iwata Foundation in 2008 for the purpose of promoting the QS profession and the professional development of young quantity surveyors in the PAQS region. Therefore, the Foundation is now sponsoring an international essay competition for young members from PAQS member countries.

The competition winner will receive travel fares, 3 nights’ accommodation and full registration for their attendance at the next PAQS Annual Congress which will be held from 20th – 24th May 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand.             

Entries for the competition are now being accepted and will close on Friday 19th February 2016. Properly completed essays should be emailed to the PAQS Secretariat at 

The topic for the essay competition for 2016 is: 


Click here for more information.

Well-known QS launches new property viability analysis software

Martin Smith is the founder of Viable Computing cc and is located in Cape Town, South Africa. He has a BSc(QS) and a BCom degree from the University of Pretoria. Martin is registered as a professional quantity surveyor and is also a member of the South Africa Association of Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS).

Martin recently launched Viable, an affordable property economics program for a Letting scheme, Residual property value calculation; Selling scheme (non-time related); Replacement cost valuation for insurance purposes; Hotel scheme and Escalated construction cost reports.

Viable is a cutting-edge tool that allows quantity surveyors, architects, project managers and real estate investors to determine whether an investment property is financially viable in just a few minutes.

Viable simplifies the compilation of various types of viability studies and the reports generated with the software are available in English or Afrikaans and Rand, Dollar or Pound currency denominations.

For more information visit their web site at

Contact Viable Computing to receive a demonstration version or to purchase a copy of Viable at:

You could also contact Martin on Tel: +27 (021) 422 1110


ASAQS 2015 Seminar final programme now available

The ASAQS annual seminar is selling out fast and I believe that the last few seats will be snapped up once our membes see the programme that Karl Trusler of our EduTech Centre has put together.

Please click here to view the pogramme

Please help! (And earn some CPD hours in the process)

Some students require your assistance with their research topics.

All you have to do is click here and then do a quick online questionnaire. 

You can claim 30 minutes of CPD category 2 for each questionnaire you complete!

Van bourekenaar tot bakker (From QS to baker)

The training that quantity surveyors receive stands them in good stead for any future business venture. This story that Patrick Waterson shared with me, is proof of that.

Tharien Hattingh chatted to Fritz Schoon, owner of Schoon de Companje in Stellenbosch. He is qualified as a quantity surveyor but saw a gap in the market for bread stalls on building sites. From there his love for baking bread lead him to Knysna where he was trained in the art by a master baker.

Click here to read the story on Netwerk24

Do you know of people who trained as quantity surveyors but who have made their mark in a different field?

Here are a couple that Patrick Waterson could think of:

Colin Eglin (politician)
Dudley Dix (boat builder)
Prieur du Plessis (investment professional)
Louis Norval (property magnate)
Werner van Rhyn (property developer and director of Waterfall Investment Company)

Malungelo Msomi, Candidate Quantity Surveyor at SiVEST Quantity Surveying added Hedgie Sandes to the list:

Ryan Nicholas Sandes (trail runner)

Apparently John MitchelI, the well-known rugby player and coach is also a quantity surveyor. I think Bok van Blerk, the singer, also studied quantity surveying but it could have been only as a subject towards a qualification in construction management, maybe one of his fans can confirm?

If you know of any other names we can add to the list please drop me an e-mail.

Webmaster ASAQS

We welcome our latest sponsor: Biligom® International

Biligom® is the new groundbreaking green alternative for stuctural  timber developed in South Afica

Biligom® International (Pty) Ltd has a registered patent for processing moist Eucalyptus timber into certified (South African Technical Auditing Services - SATAS) construction timber with significant benefits.

Some of the advantages are:

  • The strength properties of Biligom as the timber is graded to an S7 specification & every single piece of Biligom is mechanically proof-graded – so no visual grading!
  • Biligom is Tanalith E H2 treated (an ecospecifier product) & carries a very small environmental impact.
  • Less timber is required using Biligom than using an S5 Grade to cover the same roof area.
  • Fewer gang nail plates needed due to less timber required using Biligom.
  • Biligom is elegantly suited for low-cost housing developments.
  • Biligom is competitively priced.
  • Biligom is a SATAS certified product & proudly bears the SATAS mark.

Consider using Biligom® on you next project!

To find out more e-mail Coran Roy, phone (011) 460-0992 or click here

You can also watch a short video on how Biligom® S7 timber is produced.

IPMSC for office buildings now available

The International Property Measurement Standards Coalition (IPMSC) is a group of 65 professional and not-for-profit organisations from around the world, working together to develop and implement international standards for measuring property.

IPMS: Office Buildings is now published. 

Click here to read more about the IPMSC and download your copy of the standard for measuring Office Buildings. 

New architects fee scale now available

The newly updated fee scale for the architectural profession is now available with the 2015 fee guideline in our CUG. This framework provides the context for the application of the Professional Fees Guideline which is published annually by the South African Council for the Architectural Profession in terms of section 34 of the above-mentioned Act. This latest Board Notice replaces the Framework for the Professional Fees Guideline published in Board Notice 195 of 2011 and supersedes Board Notice 161 of 2001 and Board Notice 173 of 2010 and is applicable from 01 April 2015.

The QS in 2019... 

Tim Cook of Global Business Development - BIM & Cost Management - Cambridge, United Kingdom posed the following question on Linkedin;

I would like your thoughts on where the QS will be focussing in 2019, will the role change/shift? As the BIM process accelerates, historic tasks such as feasibility, cost planning, BoQ preparation, life cycle costing, change management will only become 'more' automated. Where will that leave the traditional QS?

To read the answer of Lionel Dore - Director of Construction at Zenodro Homes Inc  - Altamonte Springs, Florida click here.

Exco meeting feedback

The ASAQS Executive Committee had a telecom meeting on the 6th July.

Some of the items on the agenda included:

Gold medalists - We are trying to find the names of all gold medalists to date. If you know who won the gold medal in your final year please be so kind as to send the name to us by clicking here.

Skills module training – Pass rates of those writing the skills modules remain low. A solution may be to offer training or some form of mentorship or preparation to candidates enrolled in the 18 PSM's. The feasibility of this effort has been passed to EduTech as some market research will be required. The initial response from candidates was not very encouraging.

IP ownership and control – The ASAQS not only funds research and publishes documents but also provides information to numerous initiatives undertaken in BEP environment and a policy must be developed regarding it's intellectual property. This matter is receiving attention and a proposal should be ready for submission to the board at the end of July.

One stop document shop - Larry Feinberg, the ASAQS Executive Director, is investigating the possibility of selling the GCC, FIDIC and NEC through our web shop. Progress has been made and the GCC should soon be available from our website.

Prioritising the update of new and existing technical documents – at a recent EduTech meeting, Karl Trusler, EduTech Director, was asked to establish the priority of documents that require updating. The possibility of publishing a standard system for mining also needs to be investigated.

MOU with New Zeeland - The MOU was signed by the ASAQS President. MOU's with African countries will also future high on our agenda over the next year.

The president also had a meeting with QSPlus and WinQS to discuss the publication of the new standard system and the new model bill and the incorporation of these into the software packages used by our members.

The CSCC alignment continues to take up a great deal of our time with a further three days set aside for negotiations this week, alone. This item will also be more fully discussed at the board meeting at the end of July.

The board meeting takes place on the 28th and 29th of July and the first day will be used to consider some issues of strategic importance to the ASAQS. 

New courses added to GoLearning

In order to assist you we have added numerous new courses to GoLearning and will continue to add new courseware during the year.

Efficient - available 24/7 - do CPD when it suits you
Affordable - at a fraction of the cost of a seminar
Targeted - do courses according to your needs

Eat into your CPD requirements with GoLearning by clicking here.

  Weekend Property & Construction News


In order to assist members to plan their diaries this year in terms of forthcoming congresses and conferences they may wish to attend, we publish the preliminary dates of some of these congresses for your attention :

2 - 4 August 2015, DURBAN

The ASOCSA Built Environment conference series has become the leading built environment conference on the African continent. It is that has been fully accredited by the Department of Higher Education for subsidy. Since its inception in 2006 the peer reviewed conference proceedings have been referred to by private and public sector policy and decisionmakers. The series produces a conference edition of the sought after Journal of Construction, which is on the list of journals approved by the South African Department of Higher Education for subsidy. In the past the series has been underwritten by major industry stakeholders that have included the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB),Council for the Built Environment (CBE), Master Builders SouthAfrica (MBSA), PPC Cement and Peri.The series continues to be endorsed by the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB), one of the largest global built environment research organizations.
Click here for more information.

15th – 16th October 2015

15th October 2015 (07:00 - 10:00)
Registration and welcome
15th October 2015 (10:00)
Keynote speakers • Parallel paper presentations • Conference dinner
16th October 2015 (08:00 - 17:00)
Keynote speakers • Parallel paper presentations • Awards and closure
Click here for the conference flyer

29 NOV. – 1 DEC. 2015
Authors are invited to submit abstracts in English of not more than 200 words for peer review by the scientific and technical committee by not later than 31 March 2015.
Click here for the conference flyer


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