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Cash flow calculator back in the CUG

I received a call during the week from a fellow-qs who wanted to know what had happened to the simple cash flow calculator we used to have on the ASAQS website? 

I was stumped trying to find it so decided to add it in under Sundry Resources in the CUG.

Anyone wishing to use it can download it from here (after signing in on their profile).

Quote of the week

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

Charles R. Swindoll

Government infrastructure projects: Why it matters who manages the spend

Quantity surveyors are best positioned to keep public infrastructure spend on track, despite that, only 17% of government infrastructure spend is currently being managed by QS's.

Herman Berry, a member of the Building and Property Economics Committee of the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) was recently interviewed and gave his views on the matter.

Google Drive Offline

Over the past few weeks we have shown you some useful tips and tricks and tools that can be used with Google.

In Africa we do not always have the luxury of 24/7 Internet access, so what do you do if you use MindMup or Gantter and want to work offline? Google Drive may be a cloud solution, but that doesn’t mean you can’t access all your files when you’re not online.

Google provides an "Offline" feature if you’re a Chrome user, this syncs the data in your Google Drive account to your computer. To activate the feature, log into your Google Drive account, click on "Settings" and under "General ", make sure that the "Offline" option is selected.

This allows you to make changes to any of those files while you’re offline, and all changes sync to the online copy once you’re reconnected to the Internet.

Should you trademark your building?

An interesting article on intellectual property rights appears in  the latest RICS property Journal.

Considering IP in the built environment is quite new but becoming increasingly important as iconic new buildings are being constructed. If you are involved in the development of- or own an important asset then you should make sure that you are maximising it's potential.

In the article the writers, Eddie Powell and Oliver Tobin explain the value of intellectual property in real estate and refer to 32 London Bridge Street to illustrate the importance of identity. The building at 32 London Bridge Street was nicknamed The Shard, which is now a registered trademark.

The writers point out that: "Its trademark is an incredibly lucrative stream, generating revenue from the granting of third-party licences and alternative ventures such as “the View from The Shard” – now a registered trademark in its own right, offering visitors 360° views of London from the building’s 68th, 69th and 72nd floors."

"Copyright is a form of IP that grants rights to the creator of a literary or artistic work. A building or development may harbour copyright in its design, plans, drawings, photographs and documents; the development itself may also attract copyright protection", Powell and Tobin explain. They go on to say: "(BIM) has broadened the scope for the use of copyrighted material in the construction sector..."

For BIM to function effectively, the use of copyrighted material is vital and parties need to examine how they can protect their IP.

Click here to read the full article

Earn and Learn - is this not something we should think about?

An article on apprenticeships caught my eye in the latest issue of the RICS Building Training Surveying Journal. It is a subject that has always been close to my heart and something that I brought up during a recent discussion with Karl Trusler of the EduTech Centre. Quantity Surveyors who were trained in the 70's will fondly remember the old 5-year course where we did 2 years of full-time study followed by 3 years part-time while working in a QS office.

Barry Cullen of the RICS says that: 'Apprenticeships combine working and studying for a qualification. The new trailblazer routes are a fantastic way of developing future high-quality professionals."  The article then goes on to say that: "You may have seen recent media stories about apprenticeships in various industries and the levy introduced in April. Firms that hire apprentices can access at least 90% of the costs of training and final assessment either from their own levy payments or from the government, and two surveying routes that lead directly to RICS-accredited qualifications are now open."

So what is a Trailblazer?

Click here to find out more

Board Meeting and strategic planning

The ASAQS Board held a strategic planning meeting and the first Board meeting of the new financial year on the 27th and 28th March.

In order for the board and executive management of the ASAQS to prepare ourselves for the strategy session, a survey was conducted among the ASAQS’s membership. The survey was completed by 560 members and 20 Board members, which provided us with an excellent cross section of our member’s attitudes and feelings towards the ASAQS, as well as how our members rate our associations performance and services. The results of the survey provided the platform and framework to develop our Key Strategic Objectives (KSO’s) during the boards strategic planning meeting.  

The Executive Director would like to thank every member who participated in the survey. By completing the survey they have provided our association with insight and opinion that has enabled the board to use the information to progress with this vital strategic initiative.

Once the board has approved the new KSO’s stemming from the strategic planning session these will be sent to all ASAQS members.

Please take a moment to read through the survey results attached. The survey also details how many members from each membership category were counted in the overall results. Results from the survey conducted among 20 Board members are included on each question for comparison purposes.

Click here to view the results of the survey

Important notice regarding the use of local steel

National Treasury has published an instruction note that from the 1st of February 2017 steel products and components for construction have been designated.The SAISC started the process with powerlines in 2009 and applied for designation of power station steelwork in 2012.Many people and government departments have been involved and SAISC wishes to thank the dti for their help and support. 

What does this mean? 
It means that government buyers must specify only locally produced steel products and components on government projects. 

Click here to

Click here to download National Treasury Instruction Number 15 of 2016-2017

Disciplinary tribunal board notice

The Council wishes to engage the services of suitably qualified experienced persons to serve on Tribunals in accordance with Sections 30, 31 and 32 of Act no 49 of 2000.

The date for applications has been extended to 02 May 2017.

To find out more please click here

Test your knowledge of the JBCC contract

JudgeDo sub-contractors, who have delayed a project, pay the same penalties as the principal contractor?

Do sub-contractors, signed under the JBCC N/S Subcontract Agreement, pay penalties or damages?

In The Curious Case of Penalties Against Subcontractors an article written by Kobus le Roux for Alusani Skills & Training Network®, the dreaded penalty clause as applied to sub-contractors is discussed 

Click here to find out more

Redefining the impact of project delays on cost

When it comes to delays and the assessment of delay claims, there is limited guidance available. In fact, there is no clear path in terms of managing the issue, establishing process or determining who is ultimately responsible. The result is that many unexpected delays end in disputes which can potentially impact on relationships and the success of a project. There has long been a need for the industry to have access to a simple, standardised process which walks all parties through the claim and finds equally simple answers to the problems.

Dr Hendrik Prinsloo, Course Facilitator, The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) recently explained that this need inspired the development of the Decision Support Framework, a tool designed to assist in the assessment of claims from the start, eliminating indecision and uncertainty and providing users with a clear route to resolution. Click here to read on

Transformation in the Built Environment

SAICE recently reported that it is a misnomer that racial and related economic transformation in the civil engineering and construction sector is not happening. The numbers tell a different story.

To read the rest of this interesting article please click here.

Win a trip to Paris worth R125000 by doing some LCC

The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (sassda) has launched an exciting new competition to highlight the lifecycle cost benefits of stainless steel. Potential entrants i.e. engineers, architects, quantity surveyors, end-users and specifiers and members of the public need to download and use sassda’s life cycle costing (LCC) app to calculate the significant long-term maintenance savings that could have been achieved, had the Eiffel Tower been constructed from stainless steel to stand in line to win a trip to Paris worth R125 000! 

Click here to find out more

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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:

WCPDF Conference 207


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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