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2014/05/14
ASAQS WC Chapter Committee Meeting

2014/05/28
ASAQS Board Meeting

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

Reminders of upcoming Chapter events:

JBCC Edition 6.1 and ASAQS Preliminaries March 2014

​Presented by the ASAQS Gauteng Chapter the second CPD Event for this year takes place on Wednesday the 16th April 2014 at 15h00 in the Vodacom Conference Centre, 1st Floor, Vodacom World, Midrand.

Presented by Prof. Tinus Maritz (MSc QS; PhD) a member of the JBCC Technical Committee this event promises to be "best-seller".

The role of the Quantity Surveyor (QS) in Construction Health and Safety (H&S)

Presented by the ASAQS Western Cape Chapter on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 at 14h30, at the Belmont Conference Centre, Belmont Road, Rondebosch.

Presented by Prof. John Smallwood, attendees will earn 2,5 Category 1 CPD hours.

Unfortunately registration for both events closed on the 10th April 2014.


FREE BoQ and estimating software on iPad (...and laptops and desktops!)

Primus for iPad - Estimating and Bills of Quantities for the iPad.

The software is free to download and use but you will be expected to pay whenever you wish to print a document (about R1,50 per page at the current Euro exchange rate). There is a special offer presently where you get a 50 Euro print bonus (500 pages) when you download the software.

Primus for iPad requires you to export the document to Primus for PC before printing.

ACCA the software providers say that :

"Free UPP revolutionizes architectural, engineering and building industry software solutions. This new distribution system allows you to use more convenient and easy to use professional software. Download the full version completely FREE... without any registration required. Use the software, get updates and technical support all for FREE."

The company also provide PriMus-TO the Free UPP quantity Take-Off software for extracting material quantities directly from a CAD or Raster drawings and Edificius a free UPP BIM software program for 3D Architectural Design.

Click here to find out more and find links to the software,

The BIG question is whether these European developed software packages are suitable for the South African construction industry? We will really appreciate it if you will leave us your impressions at the bottom of this page.


New Calculation Guide for Typical Resources and Prices used in Small and Simple Buildings

​EduTech in conjunction with PPIS, the publishers of Merkels, Billcost and Costabill, bring you a valuable new resource, a calculation guide for resources and prices. We believe that this new resource even though based on the Guide to Measuring Building Quantities of 1998, will not only be of value to students but will also prove useful to the "old hands" as it includes basic labour rates and production figures which are not readily available for the South African construction industry.

This new guide, worth hundreds of rands is made available absolutely free of charge to all ASAQS members!

To access the guide browse to the
Members Only CUG on our menu bar and click on Rates,prices, etc. or click here.

Please be aware that in order to download the document, you will be required to be logged in on your profile.


Study on e-procurement

Dear ASAQS member

The Construction Procurement Research Group at the School of Construction Economics and Management, Wits University would like to invite you to take part in a study on the use of electronic procurement in the South African construction sector.  E-procurement refers to the use of electronic communications to buy services, goods and works or conduct tendering for construction works. They are seeking to ascertain the state of e-procurement application in the construction industry and how clients use e-procurement applications to acquire services and works in the construction procurement process.

They have designed a short survey at the following link:
https://witsscem.eu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5yzHGbVorrfS2Lr

Please click on the link to fill out the online questionnaire, which will assist the School of Construction Economics and Management with the research.

For more information, please contact Professor Sam Laryea|
Email:
Samuel.Laryea@wits.ac.za
Tel: +27 (0) 78 172 6106

To find out more about the survey please click here.


Netspot : Hidden miracles of the natural world

Louie Schwartzberg says : "We live in a world of unseeable beauty, so subtle and delicate that it is imperceptible to the human eye." To bring this invisible world to light, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg bends the boundaries of time and space with high-speed cameras, time lapses and microscopes. At TED2014, he shares highlights from his latest project, a 3D film titled "Mysteries of the Unseen World," which slows down, speeds up, and magnifies the astonishing wonders of nature.

Click here to view


The 7th SACQSP Research Conference.

The 2014 SACQSP Annual Research Conference is taking shape and will be a joint event with the ASAQS and hosted by Tshwane University of Technology at the CSIR in Pretoria. The African Association of Quantity Survey and the International Cost Engineering Council have requested to be associated with this conference which is developing a reputation for quantity surveying information excellence. The theme of this year’s conference is “Quantity Surveying – Mapping the Future”.

The Conference is organised at a time when the profession is confronted with numerous challenges arising from the ever changing socioeconomic, technological & environmental spheres. Clients are demanding better services than ever before and Quantity Surveyors are under pressure to deliver the desired expectations and to ethical standards. Professionalism as we know it has to be seen in different perspectives.

The conference brings together academics, researchers, postgraduate students and industry practitioners, to brainstorm on how the profession can influence the dynamic socio-economic environment now and in the future.

Diarise 22nd – 23rd September 2014. More details about the conference and bookings that are open can be found on the SACQSP website. The 2013 conference held in Cape Town was sold-out a week before the event – don’t lose out and face being turned away.

Invitation to Register (brochure is 2Mb in size)


CPD Non-Compliance

The 5-year CPD cycle for persons registered after 2008 expired 31st January 2014.

The Council has been auditing the inputs and have found that 44 PrQS are totally non-complaint and are in jeopardy of being deregistered. A further 89 registered persons are partially compliant and need a few more hours to become compliant. Please do not ignore this warning, 183 PrQS’s were deregistered in 2013 for being CPD non-compliant.

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 beginning of January.

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 :


MultiCAD Annual BIM Conference
12-14 March 2014 - Ruslemere Conference Centre - Cape Town
It's all about implementing the best BIM


ICEC 2014 IX World Congress - Re-Engineering Total Cost Management
Milan, Italy, 20, 21, 22 October 2014
Call for Papers - Second Announcement

The 18th Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors Congress, PAQS 2014
The 18th Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors Congress, PAQS 2014, will be held in the vibrant city of Hong Kong, PRC from Saturday 7 to Tuesday 10 June 2014. The theme of PAQS 2014 is:
"Think Outside the Box; Meet New Challenges”
It gives us great pleasure to announce that the international call for paper submission is now open. The timetable is as follows:
8 November 2013 : Call for Abstracts
13 December 2013 : Submission of Abstracts Closes
10 January 2014 : Acceptance of Abstracts
14 March 2014 : Full Papers Submission
14 April 2014 : Completion of Paper Reviews
16 May 2014 : Final Papers Submission
For further information about the Congress and the excitements that await you in Hong Kong, please visit our website: www.paqs2014.com. Submission of abstracts and papers will be handled on-line in the website through designated users accounts.
Any enquiries may be addressed to:
paqs2014@mci-group.com (general enquiry)
paqs2014.reghot@mci-group.com (registration / paper submission / hotel accommodation)
Looking forward to welcoming you in Hong Kong in June 2014.

Members are encouraged to plan ahead and to support these conferences/congresses !!


ASAQS SPONSORSHIP

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Don't wait, we only have a limited number of slots left.

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