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ASAQS Seminar 2015: Building on Sunshine

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.


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

Global coalition formed to unify construction measurement standards

Over 30 professional bodies from around the world met last week at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington D.C. to launch a major initiative which seeks to create international standards in construction measurement.

The International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS) Coalition was established by non-profit organisations representing professionals in more than 140 countries. Collectively, the group aims to create overarching international standards that will harmonise cost, classification and measurement definitions in order to enhance comparability, consistency, statistics, and benchmarking of capital projects.

In an industry estimated to be worth a staggering $15 trillion by 2025 according to Global Construction Perspectives, inconsistency in something as fundamental as construction measurement and reporting can create huge uncertainty, misunderstanding, and risk.

The ICMS Coalition will continue to grow as further professional organisations come forward to join the effort to align high-level principles. By early July 2015, the coalition will be formally launched. Industry corporations, contractors, and key government stakeholders will also be encouraged to contribute to and lead adoption of the new international framework in their capital markets.

The work to draft and consult on ICMS will be led by an independent committee of construction experts, due to be appointed by the coalition in the coming weeks.

The Washington meeting represented a landmark moment for construction, project management, cost engineering and quantity surveying sectors as a whole. This is the first time these professions have come together in this way to develop unifying standards which reflect and enhance the increasingly international construction market.

The coalition has stated its ambition to make tangible progress immediately and to deliver an internationally agreed and adopted standard in the near future.

Prof. Tinus Maritz (front) signed the ICMS Coalition declaration on behalf of the ASAQS at the IMF in Washington

Also read:

ASAQS signs the ICMS coalition declaration at the IMF in Washington  

The ICEC chairperson, Dr. Alexia Nalewaik, reported back on the International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS) meeting in Washington DC, 16-17 June 2015. Seventeen institutions signed the coalition declaration and became trustees on 17 June 2015.

Collectively, the group aims to create an overarching international standard that will harmonise cost and measurement definitions in order to enhance comparability, consistency and benchmarking in the construction industry.

To read the full report-back please click here 

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.

News from Alusani  

Alusani, one of our sponsors and a regular user of our "special delivery" service, has informed us that they still have a few seats left for a course that they are presenting at the Wanderers Club on the 20th and 21st July:

Save R1000 when you register and pay by 3 July 2015

This course always sells-out because it takes you through a step-by-step analysis of the entire lifecycle of construction contracts so that you better understand your role and obligations in terms of:

  • Contract planning, enquiry documents and documentation with regards to the various types of construction contracts
  • Specifics and common mistakes to look out for in the bidding processes
  • Construction contract documentation as well as common forms and invoices
  • Timelines regarding payment processes including insurance mechanisms
  • Scope of work and project delivery
  • Claims, disputes and variations as well as dispute resolution mechanisms
Click here to book your seat!

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. 

ASAQS ALERT - Beware of fraudulent CPD events

Mr Larry Feinberg, Executive Director of the ASAQS wrote an e-mail to all members today (18 June 2015) saying; "I write to inform you of a scam email doing the rounds billed as “2015 African Woman Quantity Surveyors Conference”.

Scam conferenceShould you receive this email conference invitation, close scrutiny will reveal that it is a complete fabrication with inconsistent facts and blatant falsehoods. None of the speakers are confirmed or have even been approached to present at this “event”. The venue billed as “Sandton Hotel” does not hold a booking or indeed have even heard of this so called events company or event. Lastly the website for “Bessieglobal” does not exist.


The ASAQS is the only body within our profession able to accredit external providers of Continuous Professional Development (CPD). Furthermore the ASAQS will only provide the accreditation certification after a thorough assessment of the CPD event provider themselves as well as the speakers. The ASAQS requires the CV of the proposed speaker/s, the actual presentation slides, the actual content of the presentation and evaluate the appropriateness of the subject matter for our profession. All these factors are compared to an internal ASAQS accreditation policy document, rated according to prescribed methodology within this policy in order to ensure that a fair and impartial CPD hour allocation is ultimately awarded. Finally a ASAQS certificate is issued to the provider, in order that this may be shown to prospective delegates as proof that the course has been accredited.

The ASAQS employs this certification mechanism and service to our profession as a way to protect you, our members, from unscrupulous entities ready to scam you or provide you with subpar CPD that is a complete waste of your time and money."

Click here to read on...

Gauteng Infrastructure Investment Conference (Free)

16-17 July 2015, Midrand

The Gauteng government, in partnership with Municipalities and the private sector, will convene the inaugural Gauteng Infrastructure Investment Conference (GIIC) in Midrand in July. It aims to bring together the private sector and government to engage on the Gauteng City Region Infrastructure needs and plans.

The GIIC will discuss investment opportunities in the following areas; New Post-Apartheid Cities; Energy; ICT and Broadband connectivity; Aerotropolis; Water and Sanitation and Inner City Regeneration.

The conference is a key step towards strengthening partnerships and collaboration between government and the private sector in the quest to build Gauteng as a globally competitive city region and a preferred destination for investment and tourism.

Date : 16 - 17 July 2015
Time : 09h00 - 17h00
Venue : Gallagher Estate, 19 Richards Drive, Midrand
For more information on the conference visit
or call Refiloe More on (011) 355 6164/6093
RSVP by 29 June 2015

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 met in Midrand on the 2nd of June.

Exco spent some time discussing how ASAQS can champion the QS agenda in all it’s facets and how this can be achieved over the next five years.

Some of the items on the agenda included:

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 but some market research will be required as 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.

One stop document shop - Larry Feinberg, the ASAQS Executive Director, to investigate the possibility to sell the GCC, FIDIC and NEC through our web shop. 

CIDB changes – Proposed amendments to the CIDB regulations have just been published and Prof Tinus Maritz has been asked to comment on how these changes may impact on our members and also give us some direction of how we can keep tabs/contribute/explore our relationship with the CIDB.

Prioritising the update of new and existing technical documents – Karl Trusler, EduTech Director, needs 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 will, on it's signature and return from overseas, be signed by the ASAQS President. MOU's with African countries will also future high on our agenda over the next year.

Exco also discussed 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. Meetings need to arranged with WinQS and QSPlus to discuss how best we can ensure that their software includes the latest documents.

The CSCC alignment continues to take up a great deal of our time, effort and finances and 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. 

Casting light on alternative energy!

The staff of our EduTech Centre have been quietly working in the background for the past few months to put together the very first ASAQS Seminar.

EduTech aims to not only bring affordable CPD events to the Chapters but also to assist the ASAQS to present an annual seminar that contains practical substance for our members.

We believe that the "Building on Sunshine" day-long seminar will do just that as we are all currently suffering from the effects of load-shedding. 

You have to ask yourself; can you afford not to spend R1,100 and the 30th of July 2015 to prepare yourself for an alternative energy future? Unfortunately there are only 150 seats available of which 20 are reserved for students. So don't wait, register now!

Private sector puts billions into renewable energy

"Private sector investment in renewable energy had reached R193 billion, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said as she announced the names of 13 additional preferred bidders in the renewable energy independent power producer procurement programme", reports the Star on the 8th June.

Just remember "money goes where energy flows". A good reason why you should not miss the ASAQS Seminar advertised below.

To read the full report on IOL click here.


 Click here to view the programme  Click here for directions, transport and accommodation  

Back from the past 

We have just added back "The Influence of Design on Building Cost" under the open area of our Resource Centre. This was previously published many years ago on the old ASAQS website.

The objective of this publication is to introduce members of the public who are involved with building projects to certain of the cost implications of design variables so as to enable them to evaluate and implement a rudimentary cost benefit approach to future projects.

It can be found by clicking here or using the drop-down menu under Resources.

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 :

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


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