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What is BIM?

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What is BIM?

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.



LATEST NEWS

EduTech Director Position Vacant

A vacancy exists for an EduTech Director at the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS). The successful applicant will be expected to work from the Associations Midrand – Johannesburg offices. More information regarding this vacancy is attached.
 
Should you be interested in applying for this position, please forward your CV for the attention of the Executive Director Mr Larry Feinberg director@asaqs.co.za or delivered to our offices at:-
 
Suite G6
Building 27
Thornhill Office Park
Bekker Road
Midrand
Johannesburg
 
The cut off for all applications to be received is 14h00 on the 5th of December 2014.
 
All applications will be treated in the strictest of confidence and be given equal consideration by the EduTech Committee.
 
The salary will be commensurate with the individual applicants experience and qualifications.
 


Integrated Engineering Standard Method of Measuring System for Africa
 

Lydia Carroll is currently doing her masters at the University of Pretoria with the main aim to create an Integrated Engineering Standard Method of Measuring System for Africa.  To assist in her research she would appreciate it if you could take 7 minutes to complete a questionnaire.

If you have done any engineering works in Africa...

​Please click here to participate 


What is BIM? 

There are many definitions of Building Information Modelling (BIM), but it is simply the means by which everyone can understand a building through the use of a digital model. Modelling an asset in digital form enables those who interact with the building to optimise their actions, resulting in a greater whole life value for the asset. 
  

The CIOB has arranged a CPD event in some major centers which will explore BIM more fully. The event is accredited for 1 hour in Category 1 for quantity surveyors who wish to attend.

Gauteng: 
Date: 24 November 2014 
Time: 16:30 for 17:00 
Place: WBHO Head Office, 23 Andries street, Wynberg, Johannesburg 
  
KZN: 
Date: 25 November 2014 
Time: 16:30 for 17:00 
Place: Master builders KZN conference centre, 40 Essex Terrace, Westville, Durban 
  
Cape Town: 
Date: 1 December 2014 
Time: 16:30 for 17:00 
Place: TBA 
  
Cost: No cost for CIOB members – Non-members R100 (Please do mail Anell Lottering alottering@ciob.co.za for invoice and banking details) 

RSVP: alottering@ciob.co.za before 19 November 2014 We have limited seats available please book asap. 


New Everyman's Building Contract

I​n 1988, five Port Elizabethans agreed that as a much-needed, voluntary, non-profit service to the South African construction industry, they would design a building contract which ensured that building contractors and their clients had a mutually fair, complete, workable set of conditions on which to base their contractual arrangements.

The five authors of the proposed Agreement were John Bowles, Michael Raaff, James Blackburn, Prof Gaye Le Roux and Michael St Leger Searle.

The authors’ expectations had been that the document would be most popular for minor works, but they soon discovered that the majority was used on medium-sized projects throughout South Africa.

When stocks ran out, the document was not reprinted.

During 2013, in searching for a new home for Everyman’s, the original authors approached the Department of Quantity Surveying at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University with the suggestion that their existing authorship rights would be ceded to the Department, on condition that Everyman’s would be used in a teaching / learning environment and that the Department would take over Everyman’s by updating the document in perpetuity and distribute at a non-profit price to contractors, co-contractors, clients, property owners  and developers.

To read more about the second edition of the EBC and where to obtain it from please click here.


New resource and pricing guides in the CUG

Under the "Rates, prices, etc." tab of the Members Only CUG you will find two new calculation guides for resources and prices. The one based on typical items measured for small and simple buildings based on the standard system with the same name and the other based on items that would be derived using the guide to measuring builders quantities.

PPiS special offerAlthough these guides will help young quantity surveyors who are employed by contractors they also contain information that is extremely useful to seasoned members of the profession, such as wage rates and labour constants.

Furthermore, the guides contain a discount code that any member of the ASAQS can use to get a 7,5% discount on any of the PPiS products such as the costabill, bill estimating system, the tried and trusted MERKEL'S and their billcost package used to measure and price construction projects.

You can find out more by visiting their website at http://www.ppis.co.za/  


Netspot: The 5 Phases of a Successful Negotiation

Dawson Jenner, the construction lawyer, writes:

"There can be little argument made against the assertion that the current state of the Construction Industry in South Africa (and globally) is a largely adversarial in nature.

Having worked, on site, for one the major employers in the mining industry I have found that once a dispute arises only three forms of dispute resolution are ever considered and/or utilised, these include:

Negotiation;
Adjudication;
Arbitration;

Now read on to learn the most common negotiation mistakes and the 5 Phase approach to try and avoid them...


Quantity Surveyors shine at UOFS

​The Department of Quantity Surveying at the University of the Free State (UFS) has much to be proud of. With Professor Kahilu Kajimo-Shakantu as Head of the Department of Quantity Surveying, it is celebrating several firsts. For the first time, the department has four academics with PhDs. This includes Prof Kajimo-Shakantu, Dr Stephan Ramabodu, Dr Timothy Froise and Dr Benita Zulch. It is also the first time that this department has been managed by a woman. The Department of Quantity Surveying also performed well at this year's national Quantity Surveying Conference held in Pretoria, where they walked away with four of the seven awards.

Click here to download the article (advertorial) taken from the Star


Merkel's goes live

 

Merkel's, one of our long-standing sponsors have just made an exciting announcement; they are going live with their online version of the pricing guide.

Merkel's Live is the online version of Merkel's, the electronic pricing guide containing building standards and methods, that's been an industry giant since 1947! In 2004 the trusted printed copy underwent a major transformation when it was converted into an electronic publication. Now, 10 years later, it takes the next step down the information highway by becoming an online application as well.

What this means to the user is:

  • 25 "Bills" that are drawn up according the guidelines set in the Standard System for Measuring Building Work and containing priced examples based on the Model Bills of Quantities (1995)
  • Web based with full access for desktop computers, mobile devices and smart phones. No downloads. No updates. No activation codes and no special programs.
  • Options exists to purchase access for 1 week, 1 month or 1 year – starting at as little as R85.00. Multi-user logins using the same details is supported.
  • Selectable price regions in all nine RSA provinces, RSA average and Namibia.
  • Access to historical data.
  • The data updated throughout the year


FREE ONE WEEK FULL ACCESS AVAILABLE! CLAIM YOURS NOW – WRITE TO ADMIN@MERKELSLIVE.CO.ZA

How times have changed! I still have a 1997 version of Merkel's which is the size of the telephone directory of a small country and weighs a ton - now I can carry it around on my cellphone!



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


ANNOUNCEMENT OF FORTHCOMING CONGRESSES / CONFERENCES

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 :


ASAQS/SACQSP CONFERENCE 2015

Bloemfontein, 6th – 8th September 2015.

The first call for abstract papers will be on 27th January 2015 and to be in on 27th February 2015.
Draft papers to be opened on 5th May 2015.
Feedback 26th June 2015.
Final papers to be in on 31st July 2015.


ASAQS SPONSORSHIP

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