The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors
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.
Press Clippings - a new page on our website
The ASAQS, it's staff and members have been in the press quite often over the past couple of months and we have decided to collect the press clippings and make them available on our website.
Click here to view the collection thus far.
To view the page from the menu bar, go to "News" then click on "Press Clippings" in the drop down menu.
10 Killer apps for quantity surveyors - 2015 Edition
The RICS recently published a list of 11 apps that QS's find useful (following feedback one was removed).
Click here to view the apps that RICS members find useful.
I have some personal favourites that I find very handy. SlideIT keyboard, for instance, enables you to slide your finger over the keyboard to spell words instead of pecking at the letters on your mobile keyboard, what;s more, it comes with a free Afrikaans language pack which makes writing Afrikaans a breeze. Unfortunately it is only available on Android and Windows Mobile.
What apps do you find useful?
Why not drop the ASAQS Webmaster a list of your favourite apps so that we can compile our own Top 10 list of apps that South African QS's like?
Latest FIDIC Developments
(Article supplied by our sponsor the Alusani Skills & Training Network®)
As an invited speaker at the recent inaugural FIDIC Africa Contract Users’ Conference in Zambia in October, Coen Snyman, leading South African FIDIC expert said that it was the ideal platform to share his experiences with the 100+ delegates but also that it gave him great insight into the upcoming FIDIC changes and updates.
There are quite a few changes in the pipeline says Snyman and he believes that many of the new developments will be applicable to the South African market, he went on to say that, “FIDIC announced that they will be publishing a new contract entitled the “Operate-Design-Build Contract” that will be known as the Bronze Book.”
Click here to read the rest of the article and find out when the next FIDIC training sessions take place early in December.
Masters student requests your assistance
Tabodi Phirwa is doing research for his MSc and requests 20 minutes of your time to complete a research survey.
This research project is geared towards Project Management Practitioners and professionals with the relevant knowledge and experience in the Built Environment in South Africa. The aim of this study is to compare the performance of registered and non-registered Construction Project Managers.
Please click here to complete the survey
Raiding Setas not welcome- industry : Business Report
Larry Feinberg, the executive director of the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors, was quoted in Business Report this morning (29 October 2015) as saying that: " ...although the minister’s comments on obtaining funds from Seta surpluses still had to be clarified, raiding Seta or the National Skills Fund would be akin to “robbing Peter to pay Paul”.
“It would mean sacrificing money that should be spent on artisan development to fund university studies,” he said.
To read the full report please click here.
Eastern Cape bag the awards at recent conference
It is with great pleasure that we would like to announce the following outstanding academic achievements by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).
, a BTech QS graduate who was awarded the ASAQS Gold Medal Award at a prestigious Gala dinner function during the recent Quantity Surveying Research Conference held in Bloemfontein.
Leonard obtained the highest marks in the country in the BTech QS programme offered by the Department of Building and Human Settlement Development.
The award was handed over by the President of the ASAQS, Bert van den Heever.
Congratulations to staff members and honour students of the Department of Quantity Surveying who won all the awards at the recent 8th Annual Quantity Surveying Research Conference held in Bloemfontein.
Sinenhlanhla Ntuli recieved the following awards for her presentation entitled “Quantity Surveyors’ ethical behaviour” (Co-authored by Prof Gerrit Crafford)
o The Aecom best presentation and innovation paper award
o The ASAQS best overall first time presenter award
o The LimCo best youth woman presentation paper award
o The Leon Cronje best overall youth presentation U/35 paper award
Joshua Young, Sharon Dent and Gerrit Crafford received the award for their paper entitled “The role of the Quantity Surveyor in the green building process”
o The Quantum best transformation and sustainability paper award
Sharon Dent and Gerrit Crafford received the award for their paper entitled “Predicting quantity surveying students’ performance”
o The Pentad best academic paper award
Pictured with their awards are (from L to R): Joshua Young, Sinenhlanhla Ntuli and Sharon Dent (Lecturer)
Congratulations to Dr. Franco Geminiani (Head of Department: Building and Human Settlement Development) and Mr. Roy Cumberlege (Head of Department: Quantity Surveying) and their colleagues on these achievements.
ASAQS EC CHAPTER
BSc Hons part time at Wits? What do you think?
Dear ASAQS member,
The School of Construction Economics is currently looking at the feasibility of offering its BSc Honours degree in Quantity Surveying on a part time basis over two years to graduates of 3 year qualifications in related subject areas. The School is looking to introduce this as early as February 2016 subject to the level of interest. The programme would be offered through Wits Plus with some courses available through Wits Enterprise as short courses leading to Certificates of Competence that may also be counted as credits towards the Honours degree on subsequent registration on the programme.
In order to establish the feasibility of offering such a programme, the University has compiled a short questionnaire for circulation to members of the QS profession to identify the likely level of interest and background of possible students. The link below leads to a short questionnaire of approximately 12 questions. The questionnaire is for use by the School only and all responses will be kept confidential. Respondents are offered the chance to provide contact details, but such information will also be kept confidential to the School. However the school may use the aggregated data may be used in an anonymous form for the purposes of research.
If you have any queries or wish to discuss the contents of the questionnaire further, please contact Prof Dave Root at email@example.com
Prof Dave Root
Please click here to participate in the survey
ASAQS hosts Malaysian delegation
The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors hosted a large contingent of members from the Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia on Friday, 9 October 2015.
With over 8,000 members (of which 2790 are students) the RISM represents four surveying disciplines, Building Surveying (BS), Geomatic and Land Surveying (GLS), Property Management, Valuation and Estate Agency Surveying (PMVS) and Quantity Surveying (QS).
Click here to read more about this visit
SSM7 is here!
More than a hundred guests attended an early evening function at the offices of the ASAQS in Midrand to celebrate the release of the latest revision of the Standard System of Measuring Building Work in South Africa on 01 October 2015.
The president of the Association, Mr Bert van den Heever welcomed the guests and introduced Dr. Corné de Leeuw and thanked him for the visionary leadership he shared with the ASAQS over many years. Not only was Corné the president of the ASAQS in 1985 but now, 30 years later he was the driving force in the delivery of the new standard system.
Dr. de Leeuw said that the first standard system for the measurement of building work was published by the Transvaal Society of Quantity Surveyors in 1906. Therafter further editions were published at irregular intervals at a national level. The 6th Edition was published in 1991 with first and second revisions in 1999 and 2013 respectively.
The ASAQS will also, within a week or two, be publishing a new Model Bills of Quantities to accompany the new standard system.
The new Standard System is available in hard copy from our web shop at R263,16 and at the reduced price of R201,76 to members of the ASAQS.
The Model Bills are currently being incorporated into WinQS and QSPlus. We are also waiting for the model bills in Excel format. As soon as this is done, the new standard system and model bills will be published in the CUG for free download by selected members.
Please continue reading about the new SSM7 by clicking here...
Guests who attended the launch may find a photo of themselves in our gallery.
EduTech - when do events count towards CPD1?
During the October EduTech Committee meeting, the point was raised whether any training, event or course will count towards a members CPD requirements for the year? Our members get bombarded with hundreds of e-mails advertising training courses and CPD events every week and are becoming more and more confused as to which of these offerings are "legit".
It is actually quite easy to determine whether a course or event will count towards your CPD category 1 requirements.
Click here to find out how
Energy efficiency in building design and materials utilised has never been as important as it is now - the cost of energy has risen fivefold over the past decade and is showing no signs of this trend slowing down or being reversed. An important segment of energy usage is lighting – a field that has seen major technological breakthroughs in the last 5 years.
See the Light
Fluorescent tube lighting, HPS high bays, halogen outdoor floods and down lighters were the de facto standard in the past decade when selecting lighting for various facilities and offices. Technology received a brief evolution in the form of the thinner more energy efficient T5 fittings and CFL’s which are more energy efficient than their predecessors, but the major shift in technology is the LED revolution.
Energy LED have written an article for us entitled "See the light..." in it they do two cost comparisons based on Philips LED's. Energy LED are Philips Project Partners. To read the article click here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The topic for the essay competition for 2016 is:
"BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE – A GLOBAL DILEMMA”
Click here for more information.
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.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF FORTHCOMING CONGRESSES / CONFERENCES
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 :
FOURTH CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE
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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