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The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors

All of us count!

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.


Beware of this malicious scam

Please ignore any e-mail you receive with "Bid Invitation For Steyn City and Waterfall Phase 2 Development" as subject matter.

The e-mail tries to solicit a huge tender deposit from consultants, contractors and suppliers and is purported to have been sent by Henning Development.

Henning Construction and Development is aware of this malicious scam and have taken precautionary steps to avoid this in the future and have also initiated a proper investigation into the matter.

Their advice is to ignore this email and not to engage with the individuals who sent out this malicious e-mail in any way. 

Quantity surveyors support value engineering

"For those in the construction industry the term quantity surveyor is commonly known. But, a quantity surveyor's function is not always understood. To illustrate the value of this key function we take a look at green buildings."

What it means to be a QS, value engineering and going green all covered in this article by ASAQS executive director, Larry Feinberg.

Something you should not miss

EduTech is currently presenting a course on "Economic Viability Studies and Reinstatement Valuations".

This half-day course provides an informed approach to conducting economic viability studies for commercial property investments by looking at the methods to be employed, the different types of financial viability analyses, and the essential sections that make up a comprehensive report.

The course was presented in North-West on the 7th October (see pictures below).

The course will be presented in Midrand and in the Border region during November. To find out when the course will be in your area please click here.

 CPD in North-West  North-West CPD attendees

We welcome Construction Computer Software (CCS) as a sponsor of the ASAQS

Since 1982, Construction Computer Software (CCS) has focused on dedicated software solutions specifically designed for the Construction industry, servicing more than 14000 users in over 50 countries.

Cornell Brits of their Centurion office says: "We pride ourselves on the service we deliver and our systems are continually being developed and upgraded to comply with changing conditions in the industry. Our new Quantity Take-off (QTO) is part of our new development and has been recently released to meet industry and our user requirements.

Our QTO system is used by professional quantity surveyors, architects, project managers and contractors to measure off electronic 2D and 3D drawing formats with an added benefit of full integration with the BOQ in our Candy Estimating, Planning and Project Control software. This seamless integration with the Candy BOQ eliminates the need to do manual input or export to excel and will dynamically update quantities in the Candy BOQ to save you time, increase accuracy, and eliminate measurement errors."

Is an online sale agreement for a house valid?

“I am in the process of purchasing a house. I recently bought my vehicle by merely signing some online documentation electronicially and it was so quick and easy to complete. I asked my estate agent if you can use the same technology to purchase a house, but he said that the contract won’t be valid if I sign it electronically. Is this true?”

Legally binding electronic transactions and the use of electronic signatures have been increasing in prevalence since the promulgation of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act of 2002 (“ECT Act”) which regulates electronic transactions in our country. As the ECT Act allows for the use of electronic signatures in our daily business dealings, it is important to understand what an electronic signature is and when such can be validly used and be legally binding.

Please read the rest of this article provided courtesy of PSN Incorporated

Please assist in this research

Shoayb Loonat, a fellow quantity surveyor, is doing a Masters in Business Leadership and is asking fellow consultants and clients in the Built Environment for a few minutes of their time

Research Title: The Extent Of Use Of Risk Management Techniques In The Construction Industry
Target Population: Consultants and Clients in the Built Environment
Survey Link:

Newer construction contracts promote better collaboration, says Alusani® Course Leader

Where many construction contracts promote an adversarial relationship between the contractor and the client, the NEC3 ECC promotes a partnership of collaboration, says Cameron Staude Alusani® Course Leader.

“The NEC3 is still a relatively new contract, especially in the South African construction environment. Many companies are still a bit apprehensive about using it because it is quite different to the GCC and the JBCC contracts that the majority of built environment professionals have been using in the past and that many are still using today,” says Staude.

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Resources re-vamp 

We have added a new section to our menu rail. Under "Resources" we now have a section for "Free resources". This is where you will find free publications such as the Green Building in South Africa Guide to Costs & Trends and the newly published Property and Construction Cost Guide 2016.

Browse around our website, there is a lot of useful information to discover.

Quote of the week

Whoso neglects learning in his youth,
Loses the past and is dead for the future.

Euripides (484 BC - 406 BC)

Latest salary survey just released

The results are based on an annual survey of salaried staff, conducted amongst quantity surveying practices in South Africa. The survey excludes information pertaining to the remuneration packages of the principals, partners, members of closed corporations and directors.

Click here for the full article and to download a free copy


Through their legacy practices, the AECOM AFRICA PROPERTY AND CONSTRUCTION COST GUIDE 2016 (27th Edition) has been published for many years. It is the result of on-going cost research and is made available to clients and colleagues as a service to the property and construction industry. We are proud to know that it became respected within the industry.

We are delighted to share our cost guide for the first time with clients and colleagues through the ASAQS web site. They are encouraged to contact us directly, should they wish to positively contribute to make our publication even more respected and relevant in the future.

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Have you missed something? Browse to the News section!

Think you may have missed something browse to our news section, it might still be there.

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:

Quantity Surveying Research Conference

Announcement & Call for papers
Quantity Surveying
Research Conference 2016
Port Elizabeth – South Africa, 19 – 21 October 2016
Organised for
Organisers and Co-ordinators of Content, Papers and Programme

Sea-change: Navigating  the waves of change

Click here to download the Second Call for Papers

Abstracts must be submitted by 13 June 2016

Click here to visit the conference website

African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit

“Developing Future African Cities”

CTICC Cape Town - 2-3 November 2016

25% Discount offered to ASAQS Members. This event is accredited by the ASAQS with 9 CPD hours in Category 1.

Click here to download the final program


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


While the ASAQS aims to ensure that its publications represent best practice, the ASAQS does not accept or assume any liability or responsibility for any events or consequences thereof that derive from the use of documents or any other materials, software or resources as they are only intended to provide general guidance to those who wish to make use of it. Such publications, software or resources are provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied including but without limitation to warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement.