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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.


Students at UCT rewarded for hard work

Bell-John Prize Winner

The immediate past-president of the ASAQS, Mr Deon Vermeulen, hands over the Bell-John award to Alain Alexander who was adjudged to be the best all-round quantity surveying student in any year of study during 2013.

We wish to congratulate Alain on receiving this prestigious award and for also winning the ASAQS prize as the best 1st year student studying BSc(Construction Studies) at UCT.

To find out who the other award winners were, please click here.

New Calculation Guide for Typical Resources and Prices used in Small and Simple Buildings

​EduTech in conjunction with PPIS, the publishers of Merkels, Billcost and Costabill, bring you a valuable new resource, a calculation guide for resources and prices. We believe that this new resource even though based on the Guide to Measuring Building Quantities of 1998, will not only be of value to students but will also prove useful to the "old hands" as it includes basic labour rates and production figures which are not readily available for the South African construction industry.

This new guide, worth hundreds of rands is made available absolutely free of charge to all ASAQS members!

To access the guide browse to the
Members Only CUG on our menu bar and click on Rates,prices, etc. or click here.

Please be aware that in order to download the document, you will be required to be logged in on your profile.

Study on e-procurement

Dear ASAQS member

The Construction Procurement Research Group at the School of Construction Economics and Management, Wits University would like to invite you to take part in a study on the use of electronic procurement in the South African construction sector.  E-procurement refers to the use of electronic communications to buy services, goods and works or conduct tendering for construction works. They are seeking to ascertain the state of e-procurement application in the construction industry and how clients use e-procurement applications to acquire services and works in the construction procurement process.

They have designed a short survey at the following link:

Please click on the link to fill out the online questionnaire, which will assist the School of Construction Economics and Management with the research.

For more information, please contact Professor Sam Laryea|
Tel: +27 (0) 78 172 6106

To find out more about the survey please click here.

Netspot : A contempory reinterpretation of the pit house

Austin-based architectural practice Bercy Chen Studio have designed the Edgeland House project.  The contemporary property which is hidden under a grass roof can be found in Austin, Texas, US.

The house is located on a brownfield site and is a modern reinterpretation of one of the oldest housing typologies in North America, the Native American Pit House.

Edgeland house

According to the architects: “These houses are typically sunken and take advantage of the earth’s mass to maintain thermal comfort.

“The contemporary property is about healing the land and ameliorating the scars of the site’s industrial past. The project raises awareness about a diminishing natural landscape and its finite resources by creating a balance between the surrounding industrial zone and the natural river residing on opposite side of the plot.

“The architectural design of Edgeland Residence is broken up into two separate pavilions, for the living and sleeping areas, and requires direct contact with the outside elements to pass from one to the other. This interior design sets new standards for sustainability while providing great aesthetic qualities through its small footprint and integrated mechanical features.”

Click here to view more images of this amazing home

The 7th SACQSP Research Conference.

The 2014 SACQSP Annual Research Conference is taking shape and will be a joint event with the ASAQS and hosted by Tshwane University of Technology at the CSIR in Pretoria. The African Association of Quantity Survey and the International Cost Engineering Council have requested to be associated with this conference which is developing a reputation for quantity surveying information excellence. The theme of this year’s conference is “Quantity Surveying – Mapping the Future”.

The Conference is organised at a time when the profession is confronted with numerous challenges arising from the ever changing socioeconomic, technological & environmental spheres. Clients are demanding better services than ever before and Quantity Surveyors are under pressure to deliver the desired expectations and to ethical standards. Professionalism as we know it has to be seen in different perspectives.

The conference brings together academics, researchers, postgraduate students and industry practitioners, to brainstorm on how the profession can influence the dynamic socio-economic environment now and in the future.

Diarise 22nd – 23rd September 2014. More details about the conference and bookings that are open can be found on the SACQSP website. The 2013 conference held in Cape Town was sold-out a week before the event – don’t lose out and face being turned away.

Invitation to Register (brochure is 2Mb in size)

CPD Non-Compliance

The 5-year CPD cycle for persons registered after 2008 expired 31st January 2014.

The Council has been auditing the inputs and have found that 44 PrQS are totally non-complaint and are in jeopardy of being deregistered. A further 89 registered persons are partially compliant and need a few more hours to become compliant. Please do not ignore this warning, 183 PrQS’s were deregistered in 2013 for being CPD non-compliant.

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 beginning of January.

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 :

MultiCAD Annual BIM Conference
12-14 March 2014 - Ruslemere Conference Centre - Cape Town
It's all about implementing the best BIM

ICEC 2014 IX World Congress - Re-Engineering Total Cost Management
Milan, Italy, 20, 21, 22 October 2014
Call for Papers - Second Announcement

The 18th Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors Congress, PAQS 2014
The 18th Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors Congress, PAQS 2014, will be held in the vibrant city of Hong Kong, PRC from Saturday 7 to Tuesday 10 June 2014. The theme of PAQS 2014 is:
"Think Outside the Box; Meet New Challenges”
It gives us great pleasure to announce that the international call for paper submission is now open. The timetable is as follows:
8 November 2013 : Call for Abstracts
13 December 2013 : Submission of Abstracts Closes
10 January 2014 : Acceptance of Abstracts
14 March 2014 : Full Papers Submission
14 April 2014 : Completion of Paper Reviews
16 May 2014 : Final Papers Submission
For further information about the Congress and the excitements that await you in Hong Kong, please visit our website: Submission of abstracts and papers will be handled on-line in the website through designated users accounts.
Any enquiries may be addressed to: (general enquiry) (registration / paper submission / hotel accommodation)
Looking forward to welcoming you in Hong Kong in June 2014.

Members are encouraged to plan ahead and to support these conferences/congresses !!


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