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.
Late breaking news - Background and current status of BBBEE negotiations
If you are a Built Environment Professional (BEP) then please download and read this document prepared for you by the ASAQS as the contents will have a direct impact on your business.
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Presidents' end of year message
The end of the year is indeed a milestone, a time to take stock of objectives and resolutions set at the onset of the New Year. It is our time to sit and reflect on the battles that we have fought. It is also a time to consider the value that we have added to all on whose lives we have impacted on!
We reflect on the good friends we have made, and the good friends we have lost, wondering how we could have approached situations differently.
As an Association we set out at the beginning of the year to ensure that the Educational and Training requirements of our members are adequately supported, and as such, the Edutech wing was put in place. It so ably provided many a CPD functions throughout the Provinces. We are indeed grateful to the Edutech Committee. Our great appreciation and well wishes go to Mr. Boshoff whose efforts saw Edutech kick-off to a recognized division of the ASAQS Office. The ASAQS will greatly miss him as he has left to take up assignment elsewhere in Africa!
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Executive Directors' end of year message
May I start this “end of year” message by asking you a number of important questions to consider or re-consider? Why is the ASAQS here and why do we exist? What is it that drives our board and association and why do we need your support by way of subscription fees? Why do you, a member of our association need the ASAQS? These are all obviously important questions and the answers to them can be found when we begin to understand the many things that the ASAQS does do and perform on behalf of our profession.
So what have we done for you (our member) and by virtue of this, our profession over the last 12 months?
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SACPCMP seeking CPD assessors
The SACPCMP has asked that we bring to the attention of our members who are also registered with the SACPCMP that they wish to enlarge their pool of CPD assessors.
To find out more please click here.
Applications close at the end of January 2015.
Last update of the year
This will be the last update of the ASAQS website for this year. The last issue of the Weekend Property & Construction News was sent out last weekend and we will resume our duties again in the second week of January 2015.
We wish all visitors to our website and subscribers to our newsletter a blessed time over the festive season and builders' break. May the New Year bring you joy and success.
The latest salary survey is now available
The 2014 salary survey has just been published and is available from our section housing the salary survey reports which is available under "Resources" on the menu bar.
Click here to visit the Salary Survey Reports section
Discounting and Tendering
A conversation with a friend by Wolf Weideman. Published with the kind permission of the WattNow magazine, the official mouthpiece of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers.
"It is interesting to know that we inherited tendering for professional services from the state of Maryland in the USA, and started this fashion in about 1985. Today, in the USA and Canada, Quality Based Selection is enshrined in Law! Even the World Bank has advised that consulting costs should not be an overriding criterion for selection. Botswana, also, has tried and now discarded tendering, as wasting manpower and inviting corruption."
Click here to read this insight into the tendering of fees.
We welcome PPS as our latest sponsor
The Professional Provident Society (PPS) of South Africa is the largest multidisciplinary group of graduate professionals in the world with over 290 000 professional members. PPS is a member owned financial services institution that looks after the financial peace of mind of members. PPS is the only financial services company created by professionals, for professionals, and completely owned by its members – Founded in 1941.
As a graduate professional, you've worked hard, and it is important to ensure that your achievements, your life's work and your finances are managed, protected and grown over time. The life stages that carry you from graduation to retirement are a map of change which naturally takes its course and for which you anticipate and make provision at the start of your financial journey. The ages around these life stages may vary, but the stages rarely change. Careful planning will ensure the protection and growth of your financial future. PPS offers a tailored range of insurance, investment and healthcare products for every life stage. For more information go to www.pps.co.za
Netspot: Step 1 in the Negotiation Framework: Preparation
Dawson Jenner, the construction lawyer, writes:
"If I could give budding negotiators just one tip to dramatically increase their negotiation success rate it would be to prepare, prepare, prepare…
To borrow heavily from Gary Player (golfing great) in amending his famous quote on practice I would say:
“The more I prepare the luckier I get”.
My experience however has been the contrary, especially in my field of engineering and construction law.
Contractors spend large amounts of time and money in preparation of their claims by way of extensive contract management, calculating costs, conducting delay analysis on programs and compiling substantial claim documentation. However little to no time is spent on preparing for the actual negotiation itself.
What the parties to the negotiation fail to realize is that most of your work is done in the preparation phase."
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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
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
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.
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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