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The new Guide to Elemental Estimating

11 March 2013  
Posted by: Bert vd Heever
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Elemetal Estimating 2013The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors is proud to announce the publication of the 2013 version of this guide which is available for download, free of charge, to all members.The new guide is available from the Member Only Resources section of this website. (Do not be alarmed if the website reports that your membership has expired - you still have access to the MOR. Invoices forrenewal of membership will be sent out during the first week of March)

In 1998 the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors published the second edition of the "Guide to Elemental Cost Estimating & Analysis for Building Works”. An amended version was issued by the Africa Association of Quantity Surveyors during 2003. This guide replaces both.

A committee comprising Patrick Waterson and Andrew Koen under the chairmanship of Martin Smith was established at the beginning of 2012 to examine whether there was a need to revise and possibly expand the1998 and 2003 editions to accommodate changes that have taken place in the industry since those versions were published.

The committee endeavoured to refine the principles established in the previous editions by incorporating international advances in the industry to better guide quantity surveyors active in Africa and further afield
Invaluable insight was gleaned, and is herewith acknowledged, from publications such as "RICS new rules of measurement: Order of cost estimating and elemental cost planning” (February 2009), "Measurement of Buildings by Area and Volume” (Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors), "UNIFORMAT II” published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) and "Uniformat” published by The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) in the United States of America and Construction Specifications Canada (CSC).

The Services and Model Documentation Board of the Africa Association of Quantity Surveyors comprising Corné de Leeuw (chairman) (South Africa), Michael Frimpong (Ghana), Dan Kimoro (Kenya) and Segun Ajamlekoko (Nigeria) also provided input.