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.
New resource and pricing guides in the CUG
Under the "Rates, prices, etc." tab of the Members Only CUG you will find two new calculation guides for resources and prices. The one based on typical items measured for small and simple buildings based on the standard system with the same name and the other based on items that would be derived using the guide to measuring builders quantities.
Although these guides will help young quantity surveyors who are employed by contractors they also contain information that is extremely useful to seasoned members of the profession, such as wage rates and labour constants.
Furthermore, the guides contain a discount code that any member of the ASAQS can use to get a 7,5% discount on any of the PPiS products such as the costabill, bill estimating system, the tried and trusted MERKEL'S and their billcost package used to measure and price construction projects.
You can find out more by visiting their website at http://www.ppis.co.za/
Help a student and claim CPD hours!
If you look under "EduTech" in our menu you will find several links, one leading to a page called "Student Research". Browsing to this page you will find numerous surveys set up by students. These surveys are set up by the students to gather much needed information for the completion of their studies.
You can assist by completing these surveys during your lunch hour. Quantity Surveyors undertaking these surveys may claim 30 minutes in CPD category 2 for each survey completed.
Quantity Surveyors shine at UOFS
The Department of Quantity Surveying at the University of the Free State (UFS) has much to be proud of. With Professor Kahilu Kajimo-Shakantu as Head of the Department of Quantity Surveying, it is celebrating several firsts. For the first time, the department has four academics with PhDs. This includes Prof Kajimo-Shakantu, Dr Stephan Ramabodu, Dr Timothy Froise and Dr Benita Zulch. It is also the first time that this department has been managed by a woman. The Department of Quantity Surveying also performed well at this year's national Quantity Surveying Conference held in Pretoria, where they walked away with four of the seven awards.
Click here to download the article (advertorial) taken from the Star
Want to know more about the JBCC, NEC, FIDIC and the GCC?
The ASAQS Gauteng Chapter have set up a CPD event to assist you to find the answers.
Date of Actual Event: 12 November 2014
Closing Date to Register: 04 November 2014
Tuscana Lapa (Entrance 2)
661 Pendulum Road
Halfway House, Ext 12
Awarded CPD Hours: 7hrs, Category 1
Event registration fees:
Member: R 1 750.00 (including vat)
Non-Member: R1 950.00 (including vat)
Click here to find out more
Merkel's goes live
Merkel's, one of our long-standing sponsors have just made an exciting announcement; they are going live with their online version of the pricing guide.
Merkel's Live is the online version of Merkel's, the electronic pricing guide containing building standards and methods, that's been an industry giant since 1947! In 2004 the trusted printed copy underwent a major transformation when it was converted into an electronic publication. Now, 10 years later, it takes the next step down the information highway by becoming an online application as well.
What this means to the user is:
- 25 "Bills" that are drawn up according the guidelines set in the Standard System for Measuring Building Work and containing priced examples based on the Model Bills of Quantities (1995)
- Web based with full access for desktop computers, mobile devices and smart phones. No downloads. No updates. No activation codes and no special programs.
- Options exists to purchase access for 1 week, 1 month or 1 year – starting at as little as R85.00. Multi-user logins using the same details is supported.
- Selectable price regions in all nine RSA provinces, RSA average and Namibia.
- Access to historical data.
- The data updated throughout the year
FREE ONE WEEK FULL ACCESS AVAILABLE! CLAIM YOURS NOW – WRITE TO ADMIN@MERKELSLIVE.CO.ZA
How times have changed! I still have a 1997 version of Merkel's which is the size of the telephone directory of a small country and weighs a ton - now I can carry it around on my cellphone!
Netspot : Have you seen the new Air New Zealand flight safety video?
Passengers travelling on Air New Zealand are taken on a journey to Middle Earth in an in-flight safety video that is certain to make passengers sit up and take notice..
"The airline is celebrating the release of the third Hobbit movie, and sees instructions performed by Elijah Wood, Richard Taylor, Sylvester McCoy and Peter Jackson. In what can only be the most watchable inflight safety demonstration since Kulula brought a sense of humour to air travel, seeing the children of Aulë (dwarves) telling you exit procedures would have had JRR Tolkien in a conniption fit." reports the Daily Maverick.
Click here to watch the video on YouTube.
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 :
ICEC 2014 IX World Congress - Re-Engineering Total Cost Management
Milan, Italy, 20, 21, 22 October 2014 Call for Papers - Second Announcement
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