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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.


Presidential tour and SSM7 training kicks-off

The president of the ASAQS, Mr Bert van den Heever, visited the chapters in North-West and the Free State this week to talk to members about his thoughts on the procurement of government contracts and possible actions and solutions that the ASAQS are working on.

He analysed the origins of the present system and why it has resulted in the problems currently being experienced by all BEP's.

He touched on some of the needs that professional QS's would like to see met in the procurement system, such as:

• the need for high-quality services;
• the need for economy and efficiency;
• the need to give qualified consultants an opportunity to compete in providing the services; and
• the importance of transparency in the selection process.

He was accompanied on the trip by Elmarie Edwardes, Larry Feinberg and the vice-president Dr Stephan Ramabodu. 

Elmarie did a comparison between Standard System 6 (2013 2nd revision) and Standard System 7 (2015) while Larry, as ED of the ASAQS gave attending members an overview of what has happened at the ASAQS over the past year and a taste of some of the exciting things being planned for 2016.

The team travelled by road from Mahikeng to Bloemfontein and were struck by the extent of the drought.

On the other side of Wolmaransstad they were caught in a sand storm that blew over desolate farmland.

The presidential tour and SSM7 training will resume again early in 2016.

Update on SMM7 and new model bills 

Final versions of SMM7 for online publication and the model BOQ in WinQS-, QSPlus- and Excel formats have been received by the EduTech Centre and the ED of the ASAQS, Larry Feinberg will be making an announcement as to the availability of these documents to members of the ASAQS and the Built Environment during next week.

Alusani puts together a wide selection of courses for early next year

They are presenting most of the courses in Johannesburg and Durban but will also present a "FIDIC- Advanced Contract Management & Administration" course in Namibia from 22 to 23 February 2016.

To find out more and get a R2,000.00 early booking discount click here.

Latest FIDIC Developments 

(Article supplied by our sponsor the Alusani Skills & Training Network®)

As an invited speaker at the recent inaugural FIDIC Africa Contract Users’ Conference in Zambia in October, Coen Snyman, leading South African FIDIC expert said that it was the ideal platform to share his experiences with the 100+ delegates but also that it gave him great insight into the upcoming FIDIC changes and updates.

There are quite a few changes in the pipeline says Snyman and he believes that many of the new developments will be applicable to the South African market, he went on to say that, “FIDIC announced that they will be publishing a new contract entitled the “Operate-Design-Build Contract” that will be known as the Bronze Book.”

Click here to read the rest of the article and find out when the next FIDIC training sessions take place early in December.

Masters student requests your assistance 

Tabodi Phirwa is doing research for his MSc and requests 20 minutes of your time to complete a research survey.

This research project is geared towards Project Management Practitioners and professionals with the relevant knowledge and experience in the Built Environment in South Africa. The aim of this study is to compare the performance of registered and non-registered Construction Project Managers.

Please click here to complete the survey

NMMU in the news

Gerrit Crafford, Associate Professor in the Department of Quantity Surveying, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (North Campus) has published the best research presentations from their students at their annual Quantity Surveying Honours conference on YouTube.

The success that NMMU students achieved at the conference has also been published on the website of Crown Publications, publishers of Construction World and can be read by clicking here.

TIP: If you require CPD2 hours then watching the videos on YouTube will count towards your time spent on self-study. 

EduTech - when do events count towards CPD1?

During the October EduTech Committee meeting, the point was raised whether any training, event or course will count towards a members CPD requirements for the year? Our members get bombarded with hundreds of e-mails advertising training courses and CPD events every week and are becoming more and more confused as to which of these offerings are "legit".

It is actually quite easy to determine whether a course or event will count towards your CPD  category 1 requirements.

Click here to find out how

See the Light

Energy efficiency in building design and materials utilised has never been as important as it is now - the cost of energy has risen fivefold over the past decade and is showing no signs of this trend slowing down or being reversed. An important segment of energy usage is lighting – a field that has seen major technological breakthroughs in the last 5 years.

Fluorescent tube lighting, HPS high bays, halogen outdoor floods and down lighters were the de facto standard in the past decade when selecting lighting for various facilities and offices. Technology received a brief evolution in the form of the thinner more energy efficient T5 fittings and CFL’s which are more energy efficient than their predecessors, but the major shift in technology is the LED revolution.

Energy LED have written an article for us entitled "See the light..." in it they do two cost comparisons based on Philips LED's. Energy LED are Philips Project Partners. To read the article click here.


Under 40? Wish to win a free trip to NZ? Then read on...

The Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS) established the PAQS - Iwata Foundation in 2008 for the purpose of promoting the QS profession and the professional development of young quantity surveyors in the PAQS region. Therefore, the Foundation is now sponsoring an international essay competition for young members from PAQS member countries.

The competition winner will receive travel fares, 3 nights’ accommodation and full registration for their attendance at the next PAQS Annual Congress which will be held from 20th – 24th May 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand.             

Entries for the competition are now being accepted and will close on Friday 19th February 2016. Properly completed essays should be emailed to the PAQS Secretariat at 

The topic for the essay competition for 2016 is: 


Click here for more information.

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 :


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.

Contact Bert van den Heever the ASAQS Webmaster


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