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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.


Discounting and Tendering

​A conversation with a friend by Wolf Weideman. Published with the kind permission of the WattNow magazine,  the official mouthpiece of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers.

"It is interesting to know that we inherited tendering for professional services from the state of Maryland in the USA, and
started this fashion in about 1985. Today, in the USA and Canada, Quality Based Selection is enshrined in Law! Even the World Bank has advised that consulting costs should not be an overriding criterion for selection. Botswana, also, has tried and now discarded tendering, as wasting manpower and inviting corruption."

Click here to read this insight into the tendering of fees.

We welcome PPS as our latest sponsor 

​The Professional Provident Society (PPS) of South Africa is the largest multidisciplinary group of graduate professionals in the world with over 290 000 professional members.   PPS is a member owned financial services institution that looks after the financial peace of mind of members. PPS is the only financial services company created by professionals, for professionals, and completely owned by its members – Founded in 1941.

As a graduate professional, you've worked hard, and it is important to ensure that your achievements, your life's work and your finances are managed, protected and grown over time.  The life stages that carry you from graduation to retirement are a map of change which naturally takes its course and for which you anticipate and make provision at the start of your financial journey. The ages around these life stages may vary, but the stages rarely change. Careful planning will ensure the protection and growth of your financial future.  PPS offers a tailored range of insurance, investment and healthcare products for every life stage.  For more information go to 

Netspot: The 5 Phases of a Successful Negotiation

Dawson Jenner, the construction lawyer, writes:

"There can be little argument made against the assertion that the current state of the Construction Industry in South Africa (and globally) is a largely adversarial in nature.

Having worked, on site, for one the major employers in the mining industry I have found that once a dispute arises only three forms of dispute resolution are ever considered and/or utilised, these include:


Now read on to learn the most common negotiation mistakes and the 5 Phase approach to try and avoid them...

EduTech Director Position Vacant

A vacancy exists for an EduTech Director at the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS). The successful applicant will be expected to work from the Associations Midrand – Johannesburg offices. More information regarding this vacancy is attached.
Should you be interested in applying for this position, please forward your CV for the attention of the Executive Director Mr Larry Feinberg or delivered to our offices at:-
Suite G6
Building 27
Thornhill Office Park
Bekker Road
The cut off for all applications to be received is 14h00 on the 5th of December 2014.
All applications will be treated in the strictest of confidence and be given equal consideration by the EduTech Committee.
The salary will be commensurate with the individual applicants experience and qualifications.

Integrated Engineering Standard Method of Measuring System for Africa

Lydia Carroll is currently doing her masters at the University of Pretoria with the main aim to create an Integrated Engineering Standard Method of Measuring System for Africa.  To assist in her research she would appreciate it if you could take 7 minutes to complete a questionnaire.

If you have done any engineering works in Africa...

​Please click here to participate 

What is BIM? 

There are many definitions of Building Information Modelling (BIM), but it is simply the means by which everyone can understand a building through the use of a digital model. Modelling an asset in digital form enables those who interact with the building to optimise their actions, resulting in a greater whole life value for the asset. 

The CIOB has arranged a CPD event in some major centers which will explore BIM more fully. The event is accredited for 1 hour in Category 1 for quantity surveyors who wish to attend. 

Cape Town: 
Date: 1 December 2014 
Time: 16:30 for 17:00 
Place: TBA 
Cost: No cost for CIOB members – Non-members R100 (Please do mail Anell Lottering for invoice and banking details) 

RSVP: before 19 November 2014 We have limited seats available please book asap. 

New Everyman's Building Contract

I​n 1988, five Port Elizabethans agreed that as a much-needed, voluntary, non-profit service to the South African construction industry, they would design a building contract which ensured that building contractors and their clients had a mutually fair, complete, workable set of conditions on which to base their contractual arrangements.

The five authors of the proposed Agreement were John Bowles, Michael Raaff, James Blackburn, Prof Gaye Le Roux and Michael St Leger Searle.

The authors’ expectations had been that the document would be most popular for minor works, but they soon discovered that the majority was used on medium-sized projects throughout South Africa.

When stocks ran out, the document was not reprinted.

During 2013, in searching for a new home for Everyman’s, the original authors approached the Department of Quantity Surveying at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University with the suggestion that their existing authorship rights would be ceded to the Department, on condition that Everyman’s would be used in a teaching / learning environment and that the Department would take over Everyman’s by updating the document in perpetuity and distribute at a non-profit price to contractors, co-contractors, clients, property owners  and developers.

To read more about the second edition of the EBC and where to obtain it from please click here.

New resource and pricing guides in the CUG

Under the "Rates, prices, etc." tab of the Members Only CUG you will find two new calculation guides for resources and prices. The one based on typical items measured for small and simple buildings based on the standard system with the same name and the other based on items that would be derived using the guide to measuring builders quantities.

PPiS special offerAlthough these guides will help young quantity surveyors who are employed by contractors they also contain information that is extremely useful to seasoned members of the profession, such as wage rates and labour constants.

Furthermore, the guides contain a discount code that any member of the ASAQS can use to get a 7,5% discount on any of the PPiS products such as the costabill, bill estimating system, the tried and trusted MERKEL'S and their billcost package used to measure and price construction projects.

You can find out more by visiting their website at  

Quantity Surveyors shine at UOFS

​The Department of Quantity Surveying at the University of the Free State (UFS) has much to be proud of. With Professor Kahilu Kajimo-Shakantu as Head of the Department of Quantity Surveying, it is celebrating several firsts. For the first time, the department has four academics with PhDs. This includes Prof Kajimo-Shakantu, Dr Stephan Ramabodu, Dr Timothy Froise and Dr Benita Zulch. It is also the first time that this department has been managed by a woman. The Department of Quantity Surveying also performed well at this year's national Quantity Surveying Conference held in Pretoria, where they walked away with four of the seven awards.

Click here to download the article (advertorial) taken from the Star

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 :


Bloemfontein, 6th – 8th September 2015.

The first call for abstract papers will be on 27th January 2015 and to be in on 27th February 2015.
Draft papers to be opened on 5th May 2015.
Feedback 26th June 2015.
Final papers to be in on 31st July 2015.


What you get: :Banner adverts on the ASAQS website (over 1,000,000 hits/month on average!) A Mini-ad on the ASAQS website and on the Weekend Property and Construction News (over 5,300 subscribers) Preferential exposure of your products and services Targeted marketing at only R484.50 (inclusive) per month
Don't wait, we only have a limited number of slots left.

Contact Bert van den Heever the ASAQS Webmaster