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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.


Quantity Surveyors need to concentrate more on Life Cycle Costing, ASAQS Congress urged 

There is alarming ignorance among quantity surveyors, and apathy and resistance from building owners and developers, about Life Cycle Costing - a concept that will become increasingly important as the Green Building revolution sweeps the world.

This cautionary message was spelt out by Dr Hoffie Cruywagen, of the University of Pretoria's Department of Construction Economics, in his address to the annual congress of the Association of SA Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) held in Midrand recently.

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Lecturing post available at UCT 

Department of Construction Economics and Management
Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment

As part of the 'New Generation of Academics Programme' sponsored by the Department of Higher Education and Training, the Department of Construction Economics and Management at the University of Cape Town seeks black South African citizens for one full-time position at the level of
Lecturer in Construction Management. The anticipated start date is on or before January 1st, 2017.

Closing date : 15 July 2016

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Minutes of Gauteng AGM available 

The minutes of the AGM held by the Gauteng Chapter of the ASAQS on 27 May 2016 are available from the Gauteng webpage

The minutes also include a copy of the presentation made by the past-president Mr Bert van den Heever and the annual report by Mr Larry Feinberg.

ASAQS launches Facebook page

The ASAQS Facebook page 

ASAQS announced today that they have launched their official Facebook page.

A young QS, Mr Joshua Terry is, with assistance from Nicolle de Bruyn the events manager at the ASAQS, administrating the Facebook page.

last year Joshua conducted research into the effective use and implementation of social media marketing in the Quantity Surveying profession for his BSc Honour’s degree in Quantity Surveying at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).

Mr Larry Feinberg says that the ASAQS has, for obvious reasons, held back in pursuing a presence on social media. "Having someone who thoroughly understands social media and who is a QS to boot has persuaded the Marketing Committee that we can now launch a sustainable presence on Facebook."

Joshua says that if you wish to be kept informed of new postings through Facebook, all you have to do is visit the page and then click on the drop down arrow of the "like" button situated on the pages cover photo and then select the option to set notifications to "all on" (this is illustrated in the accompanying image).  

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The ultimate QS challenge: building almost entirely with scrap materials 

This article appeared in the May 2016 issue of Concrete Trends: 

For many centuries, quantity surveyors were regarded as financial managers for conventional building projects. But the ‘green revolution’ has changed that. Nowadays, a quantity surveyor (QS) has to be able to control costs for the most unusual type of structure – even one built almost entirely with scrap materials.

This has been the challenge for De Leeuw Namibia, a subsidiary of South African quantity surveyors, the De Leeuw Group, a long-standing member firm of the SA Association of Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS).

Chris de Wet, chairman of the De Leeuw Group and ASAQS former director, says the Group has in its 58 years been involved in a wide variety of building projects. Till now, the QS’s Bills of Quantities formula applied, but a new era, with immense sustainability challenges, excites this veteran QS.

Please click here to read the rest of the article in PDF format.

 Spaceship Apple

The new Apple campus stands in stark contrast to the Namibian Habitat Resource and Development Centre reported on above.

Popular Science reports that: "Three miles from Apple’s Cupertino, California headquarters, the tech giant is building something as massive as its own global reach: Apple’s Campus 2. The Spaceship, as many have nicknamed it, is over one mile in circumference—that's wider than the Pentagon.

Campus 2 will run entirely on clean energy, powered by renewable sources. But what’s really grabbed our attention are the thousands of panels of curved window panes—the largest pieces of structural glass ever made—that will encase Apple’s mothership. Equally cool are the 60,000 pounds of hollow concrete slabs that allow the building to “breathe,” bolstering its eco-friendly qualities."

The U$5billion development is built on a 176 acre campus and during peak daytime hours the campus will rely primarily on renewable energy (the solar panels on the roof will produce 16 Megawatts!)

Popular Science made a video of a recent site visit which gives an idea of the design philosophy of the building. Click here to read the article and watch the video.



2016 Kenneth K. Humphreys Young Student/Practitioner Paper Award competition 

The award was established in 2006 in recognition of Dr. Humphreys’ service as ICEC Secretary-General from 1976 until 2006. The award is open to students or young practitioners under 36 years of age and involves the submission of papers through ICEC member associations. The award program is held every 2 years in conjunction with the biennial ICEC World Congresses and the awards are presented at these Congresses. The first awards were made at the 2008 ICEC World Congress in Toronto, Canada. The paper awards are available in each of the three professional categories which make up the membership of the International Cost Engineering Council (Cost Engineering, Quantity Surveying and Project Management). Therefore up to 3 awards are available (one for each of these categories). In recent years ICEC Certificates of Commendation have also been awarded to high calibre submissions in addition to the award winning papers.

Details about the award can be found on the ICEC website at:

01 August 2016 – Closing date for submission of entries to the ASAQS - entries may be e-mailed to the Executive Director of the ASAQS at

The winners will be announced at the ICEC World Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ( ). 

ASAQS Accredited CPD Courses & Events

The courses and events listed on the accreditation page (under Edutech on the menu bar), have been accredited in accordance with the requirements of the SACQSP CPD accreditation policy, and are intentionally selected in order to best serve the continuing professional development of Quantity Surveyors. If you attend these courses you will earn the CPD hours advertised.

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PSM Workshops 2016  

ASAQS publishes new documents

The ASAQS is proud to announce that a further three documents have been added in the style and format of  SSM7 which was announced last year.  

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Missed out on a free copy of QS Practice in SA from the generous Prof?

During the ASAQS conference on Tuesday, Prof. Tinus Maritz generously gave away 100 copies of  "Quantity Surveying Practice in South Africa", a book he wrote with Prof. Siglé. The book is also available in our shop (for those of us who missed out on the "freebie"!)

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The ASAQS announce three new international MOU's

On a recent visit to Christchurch New Zealand for the PAQS (Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors) Conference and Board meeting the ASAQS was honoured to sign three Memorandums of Understanding (MOU’s) with 3 different associations from the Asia Pacific region. The MOU’s detail and formalise areas of cooperation between our associations, and also provide for recognition and promotion of common agendas, activities and exchange of technical expertise.

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Have you missed something? Browse to the News section! 

Think you may have missed something browse to our news section, it might still be there.

NEC contracts provide more equality and better partnerships for contractors
....says Alusani® Course Leader, Coen Snyman

Coen Snyman, NEC Course Leader at Alusani Skills & Training Network®, says that the NEC Family of Standard Form Contracts enables more equality and more collaborative partnerships between employers and contractors. While many aspects of the NEC contracts are still largely misunderstood, the flexibility and mutual benefits that it offers contractors as well as private companies, parastatals and public sector organisations across South Africa, makes it an attractive option for professionals in the construction industry.

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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:

Quantity Surveying Research Conference

Announcement & Call for papers
Quantity Surveying
Research Conference 2016
Port Elizabeth – South Africa, 19 – 21 October 2016
Organised for
Organisers and Co-ordinators of Content, Papers and Programme

Sea-change: Navigating  the waves of change

Click here to download the Call for Papers

Abstracts must be submitted by 11 May 2016

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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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