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Gauteng - BIM for QS’s - 23 November 2017

ASAQS Gauteng Chapter Year End Function /Cheese & Wine

The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors

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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.


KZN Chapter Outreach Golf Day

The ASAQS KZN Chapter Annual Outreach Golf Day was held on the 24th October 2017, at Royal Durban Golf Club. Despite the trials, tribulations and postponement due to the extreme weather condition, the day finally went on with success!

It was a wonderful day filled with top class golf, good times and great networking, by all. The ASAQS KZN Chapter, along with all who participated, really made an exceptional investment in an day filled with purpose and prosperity.

As this was not only a day of golf and networking, but a way to give back, we invited a group of learners from one of the disadvantaged special needs school- who are some of the beneficiaries of the day- to display their extraordinary musical talent and treated the guests to an astonishing xylophone performance.

The prize giving dinner went off with a bang and Durban Solid Waste (DSW) graciously performed a skit at the prize giving dinner, enlightening the organisers and guests on the importance of water preservation, and keeping communities clean. Smiling faces and proud champions surrounded the room.

An astronomic THANK YOU goes out to all participants and sponsors, the day would not have been possible without you! Our gracious sponsors consisted of: Grinaker, Knittex, Pro Group, Magubane Plant , Yimpie Projects, Corobrik and Malnormags and Makhathini Projects, Sewja Construction. Branding was done by Big Eye Branding and catering by Bleu Berri.

The ASAQS KZN Chapter, again, would like to thank everyone who supported and made the awareness and fundraising possible. We hope for an even bigger and better one next year.

Why do you think there were no Mulligans in the KZN ASAQS Golf Day : forward your responses to The Organisers (by clicking here) together with your name and a contact number and find out next week who the two winners and what the mystery prizes are.

See you next year!

See whether you can spot yourself in one of the photographs

ASAQS Salary Survey 2017

The salary survey was conducted in March 2017. Results were extracted from approximately 158 participating firms (some of which operate in more than one province) covering salaries of 802 personnel, compared to 153 participating firms and 648 personnel in the March 2016 survey.

Less than half of the salaried personnel (45.2%) surveyed amongst the participating firms had less than 5 years’ experience, while 66.7% had a university qualification.

The survey is available here.

SAPOA Workshop

Gauteng Commercial Tenants: Arrears Workshop

Friday 24 November 2017 - Click here for more information and to register.

Book now, limited seats available!!!

In memoriam

The ASAQS WC Chapter committee was sad to learn of the passing of Tony Collins. The memorial service will be held this Friday 17th November 12noon at the Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk in Tamboerskloof.


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Quote of the week

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.

Mark Twain

Curb construction costs through value management (VM)

You may recently have read the article on value management published by  At That Point?  The article stated that improvements in the construction process as well as the function of a building can be achieved through a highly underrated process called value management.

The value management process is ideal to improve a project’s function, streamline the construction process, highlight potential future problems and reduce capital costs as well as operational expenses in all spheres of construction: civil, industrial, mining, and energy projects, to name a few.

Ashworth and Hogg (2000) pointed out that VM has been recognized as a factor that is critical to the success of projects. Most VM currently practiced in the industry focuses on the design development and improvement to the functions of the project. Green (1997) stated that VM provides a "second look" at design decisions which have been taken in response to a projected cost overspend. It focuses on value rather than cost and seeks to achieve an optimal balance between time, cost and quality as it provides a method of integration in the building process that no other management structure in construction can provide (Kelly, Morledge and Wilkinson 2002).

Did you know that there is a CPD course on VM available from GoLearning for just R300.00? Click here to find out more.

Leadership approach to quantity surveying

Melvern Govender is currently studying towards a masters at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and his research topic is Leadership Approach to Quantity Surveying.

He would really appreciate it if you could participate in the survey - the link to the survey is below and he has used Google forms for ease of access, reliability etc.

Please assist him by completing this Research Questionnaire

Adapt or Die: Future of construction will require contractors to embrace technology

InEight, one of our website sponsors have sent us this contribution:

A global leading provider of software solutions for project-driven companies is available in South Africa but let’s take a look at who’s behind the software and the importance of embracing technology.

Kiewit is known as one of the world’s top construction firms. What is less well known is that they’ve diversified into software development.

InEight is the company’s wholly owned subsidiary and offers HD Suite a group of software programs covering the gamut of back office and field solutions for all sizes of companies in the building, infrastructure, mining, oil and gas, and utility industries.

So why would a $9-billion, global construction company diversify from dirt and diesel into digits?

Click here to find out why.

Board meeting postponed to next year

The ASAQS Board meeting that was scheduled for the 15th November 2017 has been postponed to the first quarter next year.

The reasons are as follows:-

  • The board has previously decided to schedule 3 board meetings per year. They have already met twice and if the board were to convene on the 15th of November (for the third and final time) the next board meeting would then need to be scheduled in June 2018, when during this meeting the next ASAQS president is elected.
  • Although of enormous benefit for our board and association, the 2 day strategy session at the beginning of the year has placed much pressure on the budgets allocated towards board meetings for the current financial year. There were large expenses associated with this board / strategy meeting.
  • As decided by the board, Head Office is currently developing a board induction “booklet” that describe in detail the requirements to serve as an ASAQS board member. We are also detailing and mapping all board governance policies and requirements. At the end of this complex project the consultant will need to meet with the board and present the policy documents for final input by the board. This will be done during the next third and final board meeting now scheduled to occur in the first quarter of 2018. The exact date of the meeting will be confirmed next year.

Both the President and the Executive Director apologise if any inconvenience is caused by the lateness of this cancellation notification. Should you have any concerns or would like to clarify any further aspects, you are welcome to call either the President or ED.

EC Chapter - True or false? Consider your verdict - 30 Nov 2017

Members- and non-members are invited to attend this FREE event and earn 3,5 hours of CPD to boot!

Martin Meiring Professional Services, National Department of Public Works, P.E. Region will lead panel discussions on a wide variety of pressing issues

When: 30 November 2017
From 08h00 until 12h30
Where: Nelson Mandela University North Campus
M-Block, Senate Chamber,
2nd Floor
Eastern Cape,Eastern Cape
South Africa

Click here to register

Beware of these scam tenders

It seems that scamsters have found a new get rich quick scheme and are milking it for all it's worth for I have received no less than three RFQ's and tenders from the SAA and various government departments during the past two days for very specific items that they urgently require.

The requests for quotation carefully specifies the valves, solar geysers, equipment, etc. required by the "department" and if you Google the item you will find that it's available on two or more websites hosting classified adverts such as Gumtree, Locanto, ADZA, etc.

So how does the scam work?

You contact he company or person who has the item you are looking for and get a price, add your mark-up and submit your tender. Soon after the tender closing date you are awarded the supply contract and when you contact the "supplier" they usually have a truck that is going to wherever the goods have to be delivered and will include delivery for you at no charge. The only proviso is that you have to pay them pronto.

You do a bank transfer of the R250,000.00 or more that the goods cost and from that point on things start going pear-shaped, especially when you start following up about delivery so that you can invoice the "department". You soon realise that something is seriously wrong. Addresses are fraudulent, telephones are no longer answered and suddenly everything goes up in smoke, leaving you with a huge dent in your bank balance.

The only reason I am receiving so many of these e-mails is that the scam must be working and that honest people are being defrauded daily... please do not be one of them!

To all the scamsters out there: I wish that James Veitch catches up with you!

Watch this Youtube video to see what I mean: This is what happens when you reply to spam email | James Veitch

Posted by : Bert van den Heever

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New courses added to GoLearning

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  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:

12th Annual SAEEC Conference
Date: 14 – 15 November 2017
Venue: Emperors Palace

The Southern African Energy Efficiency Confederation (SAEEC) is hosting the 12th Southern African Energy Efficiency Confederation Conference (2017SAEEC) on 14 - 15 November 2017, at Emperors Palace, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, South Africa, as an event serving the energy management-, environmental-, facilities building upgrades-, energy engineering-, cogeneration-, power generation-, and efficiency improvement industries.

Click here to find out more


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
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