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The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors

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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.


DDoS attack the cause of intermittent problems

During Friday, 18 August 2017, visitors to the ASAQS website may have experienced problems in either accessing the website or opening pages during their visit to the site. This was due to problems that YM, our solutions-provider, experienced with their systems in the USA.

At 20h22 they reported as follows: "We have identified the latest issue as a malicious distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack and are working with Level 3 (their network provider) and our internal security team to isolate the activity.This may disrupt the access to your site, but does not affect the integrity or security of your data. Your information continues to be completely secure."

The issue was resolved just before midnight, our time, and we wish to apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Exploring the adjudication process

In South Africa the adjudication process has not been legislated, however each of the standard form contracts prescribed by the Construction Industry Development Board (“CIDB”) contain an adjudication procedure as a dispute resolution mechanism. 

Adjudication is a dispute resolution process in which an independent third party (“the Adjudicator”) makes a judgement on a dispute that is binding but not final on the Parties.  This means that the Parties are to give effect to the Adjudicator’s decision until such time as it is overturned by a tribunal which is usually arbitration.

“Adjudication procedures can be very effective if used correctly,” says legal consultant Cameron Staude.

More professionals are turning to the adjudication process in particular to resolve minor disputes as it is a quick and relatively inexpensive procedure that is designed to decide disputes in ‘real time’ and give you a resolution that can be implemented almost immediately, which then means that you can get your project back on track.

According to Staude there has been a noticeable increase in adjudications as employers become more contractual and contractors and subcontractors enforce their rights in terms of their contracts.  A greater awareness of this process has also led to a rise in adjudications.

This means that they are placing more pressure on stakeholders to adhere to the terms of the contract.

“ Gone are the days where disagreements  and disputes could be resolved over a handshake,” says Staude.

In South Africa “we rely on our standard form contracts to guide us on how the adjudication provision runs,” says Staude.  The CIDB is currently trying to make adjudication compulsory in all construction contracts however this regulation is taking some time to pass.

For more insights join Cameron Staude at the multi-cpd accredited Construction Contract Law course run by Alusani Skills & Training Network®.  For upcoming course dates, please visit the website , email or call 0114477470.

Source – Cindy Payle – Skills Portal

Quote of the week

Do not fall prey to the false belief that mastery and domination are synonymous with manliness.

Kent Nerburn

You can help

Students busy with research need your help to collect data for their thesis. Please assist by participating in these questionnaires (you can claim a half-hour of CPD2 for each completed survey)

Research title: Improved service delivery through the provision of key Value Management services on the part of the Quantity Surveyor.
Target population: Quantity Surveyors
Survey link:
Completion date: 31st August 2017

Research title: Identifying motivational factors that drive a Quantity Surveyors performance
Target population: Quantity Surveyors
Survey link:
Completion date: 01 September 2017

Research title: The Possible Economic Benefits of Sustainable Buildings: Influenced by Construction Stakeholders
Target population: Eastern Cape Quantity Surveyors
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Research title : Incorrect Project Estimates or Low Bid Prices?
Target population: Professional Quantity Surveyors
Survey link:

Research title: Ethics in the Quantity Surveying Profession
Target population: Professional Quantity Surveyors
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Research title: Encouraging Conflict Management by Quantity Surveying Professionals
Target population: Professional Quantity Surveyors
Survey link:

Research title: Strategic Planning of South African Quantity Surveying Practices in Competitive Environments
Target population: Professional Quantity Surveyors
Survey link:

We thank you for your time and assistance.

Notice to the profession: Draft BEP Law Amendment Bill 2017

The Council would like all registered persons to take part in commenting on the Draft BEP Law Amendment Bill, 2017. Council’s Stakeholders will be engaged as well for comments on the Bill. This is an opportunity not to be missed, because through our legislation registration can be made compulsory.

This notice is accompanied by the Draft Built Environment Professional Law Amendment Bill, 2017 as an attachment.

The Council must submit its comments to the Council of Built Environment (CBE) by the 15th September 2017. Please make sure that your comments reach the Registrar’s office by the 30th August 2017 for consolidation.

Does POPI apply only to electronic records?

“I’m an accountant and work from home. I don’t have a computer and have been doing all my work for years only on paper. My clients have been with me for a long time and I keep physical files for each of them. I’ve taken note of POPI, but I am unsure as to whether it will apply to me, as I don’t have any client information in electronic form. Surely I don’t need to worry about POPI?”

One of the objectives of the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (“POPI”), which has been signed into law, but has not yet fully come into effect, is to regulate the manner in which personal information may be processed. POPI achieves this goal by setting out the minimum standards for the processing of personal information. It should be noted that POPI applies to a specific activity, namely the processing of personal information, rather than to a specific person or organisation. As a general rule, POPI will apply to any person or organisation who (or which) processes the personal information of others and who is defined under POPI as “responsible parties”.

“Personal information” includes any information relating to an identifiable, living, natural person or an identifiable, existing juristic person and can include amongst others any identifying information such as a name, identity number or registration number, contact details or a physical address of a person or business. Information relating to the education, medical, financial, criminal or employment history of a person, as well as their personal views and opinions, are also covered in terms of POPI.

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The changing role of quantity surveyors

Quantity surveyors need to embrace change and the technology it brings with it

This was the message at the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) conference held in Midrand earlier this month.

The theme of the conference, Agility, Swift and Strong, aimed to embrace the winds of change to better decide whether you should build walls or windmills. All the speakers said changes in the technological, economic and political landscape need to be embraced by the quantity surveying profession.

Larry Feinberg, Executive Director of the ASAQS said over the past three years the association has been incrementally growing the value proposition of the ASAQS annual flagship Conference.


New student guide just published

The ASAQS is proud to present it's newly designed student guide to the public. Please click here to download the brochure.

The third annual ASAQS Conference promotes agility and adaptability

The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) Conference took place 2 August at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand. The Conference inspired quantity surveyors from across the country.
Academic excellence and outstanding professional achievement was rewarded at the ASAQS Gala dinner. Prof. Kathy Mitchell received the prestigious Meritorious Service Award for her contribution to the profession and built environment. Quantity surveying university students from across the country also competed for the Future Leaders Award, Candidate Achievers Award and the Gold Medal Award.

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ICMS: International Construction Measurement Standards

The International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS) Coalition are pleased to publish the final version of the ICMS standard.

The ASAQS was part of a grouping of 45 organisations from around the world who joined together to create a new universal system that, for the first time, enables global comparison of construction project costs on a like-for-like basis between countries. The launch marks the culmination of two years’ collaboration between the Coalition and 27 experts on the Standards Setting Committee.

Click on the link to download the standard:

pdficon_small International Construction Measurement Standards: Global Consistency in Presenting Construction Costs – July 2017

SAFCEC’s State of the Industry Report

As a member driven organisation, SAFCEC has a long history of monitoring economic issues and publishes the prestigious State of the Industry Report, valued by many industry stakeholders such as economists, analysts, government, engineers and journalists.

The report contains information with respect to the civil engineering construction industry on economic growth; industry activity; employer confidence; order books; and projected government expenditure.

Report data is gathered through member surveys and collated by an independent and reputable 3rd party.

View the latest report online at or view the archive of reports at

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.

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:

The Cape Construction Trade Expo is the ultimate marketing experience for suppliers and solution providers to the construction industry. Boasting over 80 exhibitors, this trade expo plays host to suppliers and solution providers involved in pre-construction, construction and post construction phases of the construction cycle. Chemicals, tools, mechanical, equipment, finishes, materials and contracting services suppliers will be on hand showcasing their latest technologies and solutions.

To register use validation code  PM01

Africa Property Investment Summit



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
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While the ASAQS aims to ensure that its publications represent best practice, the ASAQS does not accept or assume any liability or responsibility for any events or consequences thereof that derive from the use of documents or any other materials, software or resources as they are only intended to provide general guidance to those who wish to make use of it. Such publications, software or resources are provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied including but without limitation to warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement.