THE ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICAN QUANTITY SURVEYORS -
Its vital role in the building industry in South Africa
THE HISTORY OF THE ASSOCIATION
The quantity surveying profession has benefited by a governing institution in one form or another since 1908, the year that the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) was inaugurated. The present Association was formed to achieve and maintain the following goals and ambitions for the profession and to: Advance and promote the science and practice of quantity surveying and cognate mattersUphold the dignity of the quantity surveying profession Watch over, promote and protect the interest of its members Afford opportunity for the interchange and recording of the body of knowledge and experience of quantity surveying Promote the high standards of professional competence and integrity MEMBERSHIP Over the past couple of years the construction industry has experienced rapid changes and challenges. The responsibilities of the quantity surveying profession are continually expanding and broadening the scope of services provided on an ongoing basis. In today’s dynamic marketplace, companies are relying on its members to stay ahead of issues, technologies and innovations. Membership of the ASAQS will provide guidance and resources to succeed in quantity surveying today and in the future and to stay abreast of developments in the built environment. Through our Continuing Professional Development programmes, members are able to broaden their knowledge base and promote professional growth. Members of the ASAQS are respected by their peers in the built environment, as they realize the worth and benefits the membership of the ASAQS offer its members.
The ASAQS provides an environment in which professionals may learn, grow and work together to advance the techniques and science of quantity surveying. From its earliest beginnings, the ASAQS has grown to include quantity surveying professionals from every area of the construction industry, from private practice, government and quasi-government to construction companies.
STATUS WITHIN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
Members of the Board, the Executive Committee and other dedicated committee members represent the quantity surveying profession in various forums, upholding and elevating the status of quantity surveyors within the construction industry. These include: The South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) – a grouping of the various bodies concerned with the commercial property market The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) – a government initiated body "controlling” all aspects of development, procurement and other activities within the wider industry context The Joint Building Contracts Committee (JBCC) – representatives of various professional and contractual bodies form the constituents of this committee, responsible for compiling and updating contractual documents for use in the construction industry The South African Council for the Quantity Surveying (SACQSP) – the statutory council for the quantity surveying profession responsible for the professional registration of registered persons in terms of the Quantity Surveying Professions Act (49 of 2000).
The ASAQS initiates, establishes and maintains ties with various international organisations including the following: Affiliation to the International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC) enabling members to network with the best-in-the-world in "best practice” development Reciprocity agreement with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) as they seek to establish a global network of like-minded professionals Contacts with the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS) including countries such as Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan and Hong Kong Membership of the Africa Association of Quantity surveyors (AAQS) thus opening up opportunities to the North of the Limpopo River within Africa Reciprocity agreements with the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) as they seek to establish a global network of like-minded professionals
TOOLS OF THE TRADE
Committees of the ASAQS produce a vast library of standardised documents that assist member practices to run the practices with the efficiency and expertise expected of the professional QS. These include the following: The Standard System of Measuring Building Work (SSM)The Standard System of Measuring Building Work for Small or Simple Buildings Model Preambles for Trades Preliminaries document Guide to QS appointments Tariff of Professional Fees (input to the SACQSP) Professional Consultants Agreement QS Consortium Agreement A Guide to Elemental Cost Analysis A Guide to Reinstatement of Fixed Improvements for Insurance Purposes A Guide to Co-ordinated Economic Viability Studies for Commercial Property Investments Model Bills of Quantities Model Financial (Cost) Reports Practice Notes
THE LEGAL STATUS OF THE PROFESSION
The Act for the Quantity Surveying Profession (Act 49 of 2000) supports significant representation by professional quantity surveyors on the South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession (SACQSP). The Council regulates matters such as: Standards of education within tertiary institutionsAccreditation of tertiary institutions Registration criteria for professional quantity surveyors Rules, By-Laws and Code of Conduct to ensure that professional standards are maintained and adhered to Recommended tariff of fees for QS services Identification of Work reserved for quantity surveyors Standards Generating Body for the generation of units standards of competence Professional standards (generally) Quantity surveyors should participate in influencing and monitoring matters affecting the practice of their profession Quantity surveyors are also represented on the Council for the Built Environment (CBE), a statutory council over-arching the six professional councils within the built environment. The CBE is responsible for the regulation and standardisation of the approach taken by the various professions within the built environment.
REGIONAL CHAPTER LIAISON COMMITTEES
Provincial chapters of the ASAQS allow members to network with fellow quantity surveying professionals within their geographical region. The creation of such regional chapter committees allow members to maintain contact with extensive expertise in different disciplines allied to the construction industry, for collaboration, consultation, finding solutions to challenging problems and for sharing information of common interest. It also provides the opportunity to the members within a region to integrate on a social level. Chapter meetings keep members up-to-date with the latest developments in the field and in their region. By nominating regional representatives to the Board of the ASAQS, chapters support the democratic process and allow the flow of information on a national basis. Chapters also hold seminars and other social events, providing practical information and innovative solutions to professional practice questions.
The ASAQS issues regular publications to keep the members informed of developments in the built environment and in the profession. These include the following: Newsletters (including the electronic Weekend Property and Construction Newsletter) Reports on conferences and seminars Technical reports and information Regional news from local chapters Information about expos, conferences and CPD courses Practice Notes Product development information The ASAQS annual salary survey, completed by the Fees Advisory Committee, analyses the results from the 740 odd quantity surveying firms in various geographic areas. The survey serves as a tool to assist firms to evaluate their position on the professional compensation ladder and to be better informed of the prevailing market conditions in terms of salary packages offered in the marketplace.
THE QS EDUTECH CENTRE
In addition to the numerous technical committees and various regional chapters, the ASAQS has a technical consultant that provides technical information free of charge to quantity surveyors as well as to the public. This is a very useful service to anyone involved in the built environment. Problems and concerns are discussed and technical advice is offered by experienced personnel responsible for providing such information.
CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD)
Mandated by the South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession, the ASAQS provides events that members can attend to keep their CPD portfolio up to date. This is done through the chapters, relevant tertiary institutions as well as a web-based service called "GoLearning” facility. QS-NET A special facility is provided for members on the ASAQS website, called the Closed User Group (CUG). Through this system the full range of standard documents of the ASAQS (excluding the JBCC suite of contracts) can be down loaded free of charge by paid-up members of the ASAQS. The full range of standard documents of the ASAQS, plus the JBCC suite of Contract documents, is also available for online electronic purchase via the website "Webshop” facility of the ASAQS website (www.asaqs.co.za).
The ASAQS is proud of the ASAQS website (www.asaqs.co.za) which provides a wealth of information for the quantity surveying members, as well as the general construction industry at large. Access to the ASAQS website is open to all, but the CUG section is restricted to bona fide ASAQS members. The large volume of monthly visits to the ASAQS website bears testimony to the fact that the ASAQS website is the leading source of information for the built environment and construction industry. No other website within the built environment can boast the large number of "hits” achieved by the ASAQS website on a monthly basis. The ASAQS website ensures that the ASAQS remains a powerful and influential organisation within the built environment. It seeks to achieve the exchange of information and expertise and influences the course and direction of the construction industry.
The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors
Postal Address: PO Box 3527, Halfway House, 1685
Telephone : (011) 315 4140
Facsimile : (011) 315 3785
E-mail Address : association @asaqs.co.za
Website : www.asaqs.co.za
Physical Address: Suite G6, Building 27, Thornhill Office Park, Bekker Road, Midrand, 1686