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The Critical Path: Critical to Project Cost Control

The old adage that “time is money” also holds true when it comes to the construction industry but QS’s as the “financial managers” of the project, tend to leave revisions of the date for practical completion to the principal agent instead of getting actively involved and so assisting and empowering principal agents in their task.

Contracts generally used in the local construction industry do not specify how the duration of a project should be monitored and adjusted.

The latest version of the JBCC PBA says the contractor shall (in clause 12.2.6): “Prepare and submit to the principal agent within fifteen (15) working days of receipt of construction information a programme for the works in sufficient detail to enable the principal agent to monitor progress of the works” (emphasis is mine).

A simple bar chart will suffice in monitoring the progress of the works but will be of little value when considering extension of time claims unless it was derived from a critical path programme.

Clause 23.2 of the JBCC PBA lists thirteen events that lead not only to a revision of the date for practical completion, but also to an adjustment of the contract value. The contract, however, offers no assistance in how these events should be evaluated.

Contract instructions, for instance, could lead to concurrent delays where two or more instructions are issued that happen concurrently but only the instruction that impacts on the duration of the works should be evaluated and considered when adjusting the time-related items priced in the P&G.

Here is a 15 minute overview of the critical path method that you may find interesting:

Small- to medium-sized and even some large contractors seldom have the in-house ability to provide the principal agent with a CPM programme and this leaves us in a quandary if we wish to control costs associated with the duration of the project.

Project teams sometimes do not have the knowledge required to interpret a CPM programme when it is presented to them and are then at the mercy of the contractor when events impact on the critical path.

In my opinion this may be one of the reasons why many projects are tackled with a "hope-for-the-best" attitude and why so few projects finish on time.

So what are some of the possible solutions to these problems?

  1. Familiarise ourselves with Project Time Management as defined and explained in the PMBOK Guide that can be obtained for about R1,300.00 from Takealot or Loot.
  2. Specify in the P&G what will be required for an acceptable programme. The contractor can then price against this item to have the programme compiled and updated by a skilled person. If we insist on “proper” programs, contractors will develop the capacity to do so.
  3. Include a rudimentary CPM programme with the procurement documents, preferably in electronic format so that tenderers can use it to determine whether they have the resources to meet the programme.

These are my personal suggestions, but what do you think should be done to improve time management in the built environment in South Africa?

Article by Bert van den Heever

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors

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SONA 2019: Government recognizes the role of quantity surveyors

"It made me immensely proud to hear that the President believes that quantity surveyors are necessary to achieve the effective infrastructure development this country so desperately needs." says Mr Larry Feinberg, Executive Director of the ASAQS. "It shows that our continuing efforts to showcase the crucial importance of the quantity surveying profession is starting to bear fruit."

Speaking about government’s plans to address infrastructure challenges, the President said: “We will strengthen the technical capacity in government to ensure that projects move faster, building a pool of engineers, project managers, spatial planners and quantity surveyors – an action team that can make things happen faster on the ground,”

Government will also be introducing more technical subjects in schools.

For a more detailed report click here

Please help with this research

Lesego Mogokotleng is researching Effective relationship management a technique for improving project performance in South African construction projects.

The survey closes – Wednesday 20 February 2019, 5pm so there is not a lot of time left to earn 30 minutes of CPD 2 time.

Please click here to quickly do the survey and help Lesego.

Quote of the week

Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.

George Washington

Understand the law
Can private schools have a termination clause in their contracts with parents?

Understand the law

“Family friends of ours have a child who has been kicked out of the private school he was attending. As I understand it, the school just terminated the contract with the parents based on the unruly behaviour of the child. They are very upset by the school’s action and I was wondering whether a private school is allowed to just do that?”

The South African Schools Act of 1996 recognizes two categories of schools, namely public schools and independent schools. Public schools are run by the national government represented by the Minister for Education, provincial government represented by the MEC for Education and the parents of the learners attending the school, as well as members of the community in which the school is located through the school governing body whereas independent schools are privately governed and include private schools.

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New EduTech-GoLearning course

Members who need to make up CPD-hours before the end of January may be interested to do our latest course: Proftable Consultiung Fees - The Hourly Rate in which we show you three different  ways to calculate a profitable hourly rate for your practice.

This practical course comes complete with learning material and an Excel template to help you on your way. Members who are currently busy with their budgets should also consider enrolling in this course as it could show up areas in your cost structure that may need closer attention. Emerging firms will find the template most useful as it lists all the expense items you need to think of, even if you are a sole proprietor.

The course will earn you 7,5 hours in Category 1 and has additional reading material with which you can earn a further 2,5 hours in Category 2 and is reasonably priced at just R600.00. What is of even more importance, is that after doing the course and completing the template, you will be far better prepared to tender your services on an hourly rate and make a profit.

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Our Executive Director on Moneyweb Radio - 20 December 2018

Moneyweb interviewQuantity surveyors in place could root out corruption on construction projects, says association.

To listen to Larry Feinberg - Executive Director, Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) being interviewed on Moneyweb Radio, please click here.



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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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:

ASAQS Annual Conference 2019

Save the date: 01 August 2019 @ Cape Town

Further details: TBA


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