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Quote of the week

“Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store.
Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more!”

Dr. Seuss

ASAQS President’s Message 2018

As we prepare for the industry-wide shut down in December, I wish to thank everyone for their invaluable contributions throughout the year. Your support, guidance, insights and dedication to the association continues to uplift the sector. I’m proud to be the President of such a tenacious and forward-thinking group of people and I wish everyone a happy and restful festive season.

Over the holidays, I would like to encourage you to think about your influence as a Quantity Surveyor. In the office, on site and in the presence of clients, you need to lead. The only way you can do that is by making sure you are the influencer in the room, which leads me to my next question.

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ASAQS granted Associate Membership status at recent PAQS Board Meeting

The Executive Director, along with other senior staff members recently attended the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS) Board meeting in Sydney, Australia. The PAQS is an international association whose board members are representatives from fully-fledged Quantity Surveying associations that fall within the Asia Pacific area or border the Pacific Ocean.

PAQS Board meeting
During the run-up to this aforementioned board meeting it was highlighted that South Africa has attended the PAQS Board meetings since its inception 22 years ago – albeit with the status of “non-voting Observer Organisation”. This is due to South Africa not being a country that falls within the Asia Pacific Area or shares a border with the Pacific Ocean – a PAQS constitutional requirement.

Historically, South Africa has continuously maintained its ardent support for the PAQS since its inception in the early 1990’s. South Africa has also regularly contributed to the many and varied technical committees of the PAQS over the last 22 years. Our association has always understood the strategic and academic significance of maintaining strong ties with the 14 countries whose associations compose the PAQS Board.

Significantly, over the last few years, and through the ASAQS’s active participation on this forum, our association has signed Memorandums of Understanding Agreements (MOU’s) with Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Canada.

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Turn 2018 traction into 2019 attraction

The ASAQS membership fee collection rate for this year is at 91.5% – slightly below the previous year’s collections when compared to December 2017. This collection rate is made possible by the continued support of professionals like yourself. We are very grateful for your dedication to the ASAQS, especially in the current phase the built environment finds itself.

This phase can only be described by the buzzword VUCA: volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity. The past year contained immense highs and immense lows for South Africa, and 2019 will most probably be more of the same.

In times of uncertainty the only sure choice we have is what we think and do until a down cycle turns upwards again. While it may seem more realistic to adopt a downcast attitude, in the long run it is better to keep a balanced view and to consider current struggles together with past victories.

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The Joint Building Contracts Committee® (JBCC) is a registered NPC. The JBCC Board is representative of building owners and developers, professional consultants as well as general  and specialist contractors who contribute their knowledge and experiences to the compilation of the JBCC suite of documents. JBCC is looking for a dynamic individual with fair knowledge and understanding of the  Built Environment to fill a Chief Executive Officer’s (CEO) position from 1 February 2019.

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ASAQS in the news

Some of the articles that appeared in the press during 2018 were:

2018 Trends from a Quantity Surveyor's perspective - Civil Engineering

Not all hope is lost - RACA Journal

QS Association: change irregular expenditure by changing the watchdog - Concrete Trends

Can QSs Help get "frozen" infrastructure projects back on track? -Floors in Africa

International CM standards to be adopted in SA? - To Build

Impossible in possible is just an opinion - Construction World

New dawn for delivering complex infrastructure - Construction World

Consider more than initial costs when building
New ASAQS Guide to Life Cycle Costing 2018 document
to assist built environment professionals
- Hartland Nuus/News

Training for built environment professionals -  Walls & Roofs in Africa

Insights from the annual ASAQS conference - Floors in Africa

BIM competition tests quantity surveyors and industry practices - PositionIT

Lower priced building projects could be putting clients at risk - Commercial & Industrial Property News

Complexities of obtaining development funding - Commercial & Industrial Property News

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ASAQS on air

Many of our members do not always have the opportunity to listen to the radio interviews or read all the articles that appear in the press emanating from the ASAQS. Below are some radio clips and we are currently updating our press clippings to bring you a selection of articles that appeared in the press this year.

Summary text:    Interview with ASAQS Executive Director Larry Feinberg about the quantity surveyor's important role in ensuring projects are completed on time.
Clipped from:    Lotus Fm
Time aired:    03/01/2017 at 6:50AM

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Summary text:    Interview with Danie Hoffman from ASAQS Vereniging van Suid-Afrikaanse Bourekenaars on the future of Green Buildings .
Clipped from:    Radio Sonder Grense
Time aired:    02/03/2017 at 2:15PM

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Notification regarding the new JBCC suite of documents dated May 2018

The following new JBCC documentation is available for purchase in hard copy format from the ASAQS offices and electronically from Contracts on Demand;

  • Principal Building Agreement JBCC Edition 6.2 May 2018
  • Principal Building Agreement: Contract Data JBCC Edition 6.2 May 2018
  • Nominated selected Subcontract agreement JBCC Edition 6.2 May 2018
  • Nominated selected Subcontract agreement: Contract Data JBCC Edition 6.2 May 2018
  • Minor Works Agreement JBCC Edition 5.2 May 2018
  • Minor Works Agreement: Contract Data JBCC Edition 5.2 May 2018

The General Preliminaries JBCC Edition 6.2 May 2018 is available for free in electronic format only from the JBCC website

In addition, the following supporting documentation is available from the ASAQS website;

  • JBCC PBA 6.2 Bill No. 1 (Preliminaries) in WinQS
  • JBCC PBA 6.2 Bill No. 1 Excel versio
  • JBCC PBA 6.2 Bill No. 1 (Preliminaries) in PDF
  • JBCC PBA 6.2 Project Specific Preliminaries (lump sum) in Word
  • JBCC MWA 5.2 Bill No. 1 (Preliminaries) in WinQS
  • JBCC MWA 5.2 Bill No. 1 Excel version
  • JBCC MWA 5.2 Bill No. 1 (Preliminaries) in PDF
  • JBCC MWA 5.2 Project specific preliminaries (lump sum) in Word

Members should be signed in with their Firm's profile in order to access the documents.

A brief summary of the major differences between the JBCC Edition 6.1 and the JBCC Edition 6.2 suite of documents can be obtained by clicking here.

Consequently, with the release of the new JBCC suite of documents dated May 2018, the old JBCC Edition 5.1 and 6.1 suite of documents are no longer available.

However, electronic versions of the supplementary forms relating to these documents are still available on the “Documents - Free Forms” page on the JBCC website.

Free resources

Readers are invited to explore our ever-growing collection of free resources.

These can be found by visiting the Free resources section listed under Resources on our menu-bar and include several free publications.

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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

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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:

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