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.
It is with great sadness that we have to report that one of our senior members, Mr. William George (Billy) Steele, passed away suddenly on Friday 15 May.
Billy was born in 1939 and became a member of the ASAQS in April 1971. His practice, Steele Consulting, is registered in Kenilworth and can be contacted via e-mail by clicking here.
We at the ASAQS honour his memory and wish to convey our condolences to family, friends and colleagues.
Important notice from the DTI
Click here to download Notice of Clarification for the amended Codes of Good Practice, gazetted and published on 05 May 2015.
BBBEE consultants differ somewhat in their interpretation of this notice in relation to the construction sector and we will inform our members of the impact that this notice may have on their business, as soon as possible.
Why quantity surveying and project management is good for your brain
Science Daily reports that: "Professionals whose jobs require more speaking, developing strategies, conflict resolution and managerial tasks may experience better protection against memory and thinking decline in old age than their co-workers, according to a new study published in the April 29, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology."
"Our study is important because it suggests that the type of work you do throughout your career may have even more significance on your brain health than your education does," said study author Francisca S. Then, PhD, with the University of Leipzig in Germany. "Education is a well-known factor that influences dementia risk."
Click here to read more
Deloitte on Africa : African Construction Trends Report 2014
According to this report from Deloitte, "Africa’s rapidly growing middle class continues to drive demand for sustainable social infrastructure. Added to that, growth is being fuelled by continued investment in natural resources and agriculture. Overall, we see the opportunities surpassing the challenges facing our continent. Africa is our home and between 2013 and 2014 alone it was a home that exhibited a 46.2% growth in mega project construction value."
A report that all quantity surveyors should read and which can be downloaded from the Deloitte website.
Minister of Public Works says that the patient (DPW) is recovering well
Minister Nxesi, concluded his budget speech on Wednesday with these words: "In my 2012 Budget Vote, I likened the Department of Public Works to a patient in ICU. In 2013, with some improvements, I said that we had now stopped the bleeding. In 2014, I informed honourable members that the patient was fully stabilised. Today, I can inform this House that the patient has been discharged… but is still subject to a strict medicinal and therapeutic regimen."
Click here to read the speech
ASOCSA Built Environment Conference Postponed
The conference organisers have considered and deliberated for some time now about the impact of the xenophobia attacks that have been happening in recent weeks in the Durban area on the 9th Built Environment Conference of the Association of Schools of Construction of Southern Africa (ASOCSA) which is scheduled to take place in that area.
Taking all factors into consideration they have decided not to risk the safety of their conference delegates and postponed it. They are consulting with all stakeholders before finalizing the revised dates which are most likely to be either the last week-end in July or the first week-end in August.
The advertisement for the Ninth Built Environment Conference which was to have been held in Durban from 30 May - 2 June - 2015 is herewith removed from the announcements at the bottom of this page.
SA Construction 2nd Edition from PWC
Highlighting trends in the South African construction industry
This is the second edition in their series of publications highlighting trends in the South African construction industry. PWC hopes it will provide meaningful information to industry participants in evaluating performance and addressing risks. This year they have added the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) Construction & Materials Index to their analysis to provide greater insight into the dynamics of the industry.
In this publication
The South African construction industry
Integrating risk for performance
Board room dynamics
It will also answer the following question:
Which one of the top 10 South African construction- and material companies has the larger market capitalisation, Murray & Roberts or PPC?
Click here to download the publication (and find the answer!)
SA construction - 1st edition
Back from the past
We have just added back "The Influence of Design on Building Cost" under the open area of our Resource Centre. This was previously published many years ago on the old ASAQS website.
The objective of this publication is to introduce members of the public who are involved with building projects to certain of the cost implications of design variables so as to enable them to evaluate and implement a rudimentary cost benefit approach to future projects.
It can be found by clicking here or using the drop-down menu under Resources.
2014 Preliminaries Bill No 1
It seems that some members may not be aware of the fact that we published new preliminaries documents during last year. Bill No.1 based on the ASAQS Preliminaries 6th Edition - March 2014 - should only to be used with the JBCC PBA 6.1 Edition.
We have also now published Bill No 1 in MS Word to assist our members who may not use WinQS or QSPlus to produce their documents.
The documents are available here and members should note that they are required to be logged in on their profile in order to download documents from this area.
Do you know the answer?
The Edutech Q&A is the latest addition to our CUG. Here members will find answers to some of the questions submitted to the EduTech Centre in recent months.
We trust that you will find the questions and answers of value.
Members are reminded that they need to be signed in on their profile in order to access the answers.
Cost of attendance: (All costs inclusive of VAT)
Attendance limited to 150
15 July 2015
15 July 2015
Students (Limited to 20)
How will the BBBEE negotiations effect your business?
If you are a Built Environment Professional (BEP) or Contractor then please download and read this document prepared for you by the ASAQS as the contents will have a direct impact on your business.
ASAQS recently published a document entitled "Official Report and Update Regarding the BBBEE Negotiations for the Construction Sector" on the web. The document was also e-mailed to all members as it contains information critical to all BEP's and Contractors doing business in South Africa.
If you have not, as yet, studied this document then please do so by clicking here to download it.
Please take the information as stated through this communication and utilise it in consultation with your BEE agencies to better understand the implications this will have on your business.
Members of the ASAQS are urged to send any comments that they wish to make to the Executive Director. Your comments will be highly appreciated and will be treated with utmost confidentiality. Your input will be crucial to determine how our members feel about the current status of the negotiations.
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.
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
15th – 16th October 2015
15th October 2015 (07:00 - 10:00)
Registration and welcome
15th October 2015 (10:00)
Keynote speakers • Parallel paper presentations • Conference dinner
16th October 2015 (08:00 - 17:00)
Keynote speakers • Parallel paper presentations • Awards and closure
Click here for the conference flyer
FOURTH CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE
29 NOV. – 1 DEC. 2015
Authors are invited to submit abstracts in English of not more than 200 words for peer review by the scientific and technical committee by not later than 31 March 2015.
Click here for the conference flyer
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.
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