Contact Us   |   Sign In   |   Register

SITE Search

Gauteng - BIM for QS’s - 28 September 2017

2017-10-10 » 2017-10-11
2 Day Comparing Construction Contracts 10-11 October 2017

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.


Competition time! Only one week left!

The original s-curve cash flow calculator that has been available for ages from the sundry resources section within the Members Only CUG was recently updated by Frans van der Walt of QS2000 to show graphs derived from a table which projects monthly and cumulative expenditure.

The Excel-based calculator is available for a limited time by clicking here.

We need your help to improve it even further!

So we decided to have a bit of a competition to find out who really excels at Excel... if you will pardon the pun!

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Download the calculator in it's current format and enhance it so that rows expand and contract automatically when the duration of the project is changed.
  2. Provide a new column in the table for progress payments to date. A graph reflecting the accumulative value of the payments to date should now be shown as a comparison to the standard s-flow graph. Actual payments should be shown against projected payments for each period.
  3. The number of payments may well exceed the duration of the project and the calculator should allow payments to be added after the project completion date.
  4. The calculator should also draw a simple least squares linear regression line derived from the payments to date on the cumulative payments graph.
  5.  Ensure that your entry not only looks good but is also tested for accuracy, functionality, etc. and ensure that the results can be printed on an A4 page.
  6. Brand the calculator with the ASAQS logo and send it to the webmaster of the ASAQS with a copy to the director of the EduTech Centre by clicking here.
  7. Please supply your name and contact details in the e-mail.

The rules are simple:

  • Your enhanced calculator should reach us before 12 noon on Friday the 29th September 2017
  • Submissions will be judged by the Webmaster, Mr Bert van den Heever and the Director of EduTech, Mr Karl Trusler. In the event of a tie, the Executive Director of the ASAQS, Mr Larry Feinberg, will have the deciding vote.
  • The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into after the closing date.
  • All submissions will belong to the ASAQS who may do with the calculators as they deem fit. The winning entry will be made available on an "open-source" basis to the members of the ASAQS with due recognition given to those who assisted in it's development.
  • The winner will be announced on Friday 6 October 2017.

Any questions? Click here to contact the ASAQS Webmaster

So what are the prizes?

  • A copy of the new Illustrated Standard System for Measuring Building Work 7th Edition worth R500,00 and the new General Preambles worth R340.00 (Members prices including VAT)
  • Recognition by your peers as being truly worthy of being called his or her "Excellence"!


We have not received many entries to date but hope to receive a couple more after the long weekend. Remember the competition closes next Friday, the 29th September 2017, so you just have a few days left to prove to us that you are worthy of the title (and the prizes!).

Quote of the week
That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way.

Doris Lessing


Is the bitcoin bubble about to burst due to hyperinflation? What the heck are bitcoins?

We found a South African blogger who has been writing about this anomaly (for want of a better word) since 2013.

To see his views click here

It may be wise to read some of the articles on Rolling Alpha before investing in any cryptocurrencies.

Free resources

Readers are invited to explore our ever-growing collection of free resources.

These can be found by visiting the Free resources section listed under Resources on our menu-bar and include several free publications.

Information sheet on the classification of soil compaction

The objective of this information sheet is to provide clarity regarding soil compaction classification and to broaden the readers’ understanding of process and the terminology used within the industry.

Compaction is the process whereby particles within a soil sample are pressed closer together to increase the interlocking properties between this, a force (impact, rolling, vibration) is needed to overcome particle resistance and densify the material.

The efficiency of this process is dependent upon the compacting effort applied to the soil, as well as the inherent friction between the various size particles within the soil sample. To increase compaction efficiency and reduce friction of particle resistance, water is added as a lubricant. The amount of water required is determined from laboratory tests and is referred to as the optimum moisture content (OMC), which is a percentage of the soil’s mass.

In general the following relationships can be found between compaction effort and moisture:

  • Using a large force requires less moisture
  • Using a small force requires more moisture
  • Coarse material requires less moisture
  • Fine material requires more moisture
    Density is one of the key measures used when analysing compaction efforts and efficiency in the field, thus it is important to understand what density refers to.
    What is meant by the density of soils?

Density is a measure of the degree of the togetherness of particles within soil and highlights the interlocking capability of the soil. It is defined as dry density when only the mass of the solid particles per unit volume of the soil is measured and wet density when the mass of the water is also taken into account.

Click here to download

Exploring the adjudication process

In South Africa the adjudication process has not been legislated, however each of the standard form contracts prescribed by the Construction Industry Development Board (“CIDB”) contain an adjudication procedure as a dispute resolution mechanism. 

Adjudication is a dispute resolution process in which an independent third party (“the Adjudicator”) makes a judgement on a dispute that is binding but not final on the Parties.  This means that the Parties are to give effect to the Adjudicator’s decision until such time as it is overturned by a tribunal which is usually arbitration.

“Adjudication procedures can be very effective if used correctly,” says legal consultant Cameron Staude.

More professionals are turning to the adjudication process in particular to resolve minor disputes as it is a quick and relatively inexpensive procedure that is designed to decide disputes in ‘real time’ and give you a resolution that can be implemented almost immediately, which then means that you can get your project back on track.

According to Staude there has been a noticeable increase in adjudications as employers become more contractual and contractors and subcontractors enforce their rights in terms of their contracts.  A greater awareness of this process has also led to a rise in adjudications.

This means that they are placing more pressure on stakeholders to adhere to the terms of the contract.

“ Gone are the days where disagreements  and disputes could be resolved over a handshake,” says Staude.

In South Africa “we rely on our standard form contracts to guide us on how the adjudication provision runs,” says Staude.  The CIDB is currently trying to make adjudication compulsory in all construction contracts however this regulation is taking some time to pass.

For more insights join Cameron Staude at the multi-cpd accredited Construction Contract Law course run by Alusani Skills & Training Network®.  For upcoming course dates, please visit the website , email or call 0114477470.

Source – Cindy Payle – Skills Portal

New student guide just published

The ASAQS is proud to present it's newly designed student guide to the public. Please click here to download the brochure.

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:

Dare to Lead

Date: 09 – 11 October 2017
Venue: Century City Conference Centre, No. 4 Energy Lane, Century City, Cape Town

The Green Building Convention is the definitive event on the sustainability calendar and will take place from 9 – 11 October 2017 in Cape Town. For the last 9 years, we’ve built a reputation as the not-to-be-missed event for top professionals in the building industry. And now our tenth year promises to be the best of all – an exclusive gathering of top minds and leading experts. Make sure you don’t miss out.You will have an opportunity to hear from top global experts and exchange ideas with the power to transform. Tour some of the top-rated green buildings in Cape Town and hear innovators and specialists debate key issues facing the industry.

Do you dare to lead?
Click here to register


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.