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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.


The Future of Real Estate

Neil Bullen, Global Head of Real Estate at Turner & Townsend, predicts that in the real estate industry - which has been resistant to change - we will soon see rapid acceleration in the adoption of digital approaches. Ziyad Adroos, Turner & Townsend's Head of Real Estate in Africa, says that technology is already driving change.

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ASAQS WSC Women’s Spring Breakfast 2018

The ASAQS Wits Student Chapter hosted their 3rd annual Women’s Spring Breakfast (formerly known as the Women in Construction High Tea) this past Saturday with a variety of powerful women in the construction and built environment. The event has always highlighted transformation initiatives which aim to advance the engagement of female students with female professionals through engagements, dialogue and debates. The theme this year was “Laying the Foundation”.

For the first time in its history, the Women’s Spring Breakfast was open to men in the industry and some of our male student members for a more inclusive talk, understanding the positions that men are in and how they can change issues that affect women in the workplace. One of our keynote speakers, Lungisa Sishuba, a Commercial Manager at Inkanyeli spoke of understanding how male privilege hinders the advancement of women in the professional space.

Miranda Baloyi, PrQS, entrepreneur and 3rd year lecturer at Wits School of Construction Economics and Management, kicked off the programme with the theme of “Laying the Foundation” of empowerment and entrepreneurship by sharing her raw experiences of being a business owner.

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Workplace stress of registered quantity surveyors - an international study

What causes stress in the work environment? What physical and mental strain are you under because of work pressures? Are you feeling burnt-out? What is the effect on your work-family balance? How does this affect your level of engagement and attitude to team work? What are YOUR feelings?

To try and answer these questions, the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the University of Manchester (UM) have embarked on a project looking into occupational stress, in conjunction with your professional organisation/Council, using Robertson Cooper’s (UK) ASSET questionnaire. The aim is to investigate perceived sources of workplace stresses and strains, team cohesion, commitment to the organisation, commitment of the organisation, and engagement - as perceived and experienced by architects, quantity surveyors, engineers, construction managers, professional builders and project managers.

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Quote of the week

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

George Bernard Shaw

Local support for the International Construction Measurement Standards

The International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS) is a new, high level international standard that aims to provide greater global consistency in classifying, defining, measuring, analysing and presenting construction costs. The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) is working with a growing group of professional and not-for-profit organisations from around the world to develop and implement these standards for benchmarking, measuring and reporting construction project costs.

ASAQS EduTech Director, Karl Trusler, is representing the ASAQS in the ICMS coalition. He says that a global standard in cost reporting will benefit South African Quantity Surveyors, developers, and other professionals in the built environment in a number of ways.

Levelling the playing field for built environment professionals

“When there is global consistency in how the construction costs of a project are represented, investors and clients are able to compare apples with apples,” explains Trusler. “Through the introduction of a standardised cost reporting template, the ICMS is succeeding in creating a common language for the global built environment.”

“Regardless of where they are based, clients can use the ICMS as a guideline to determine where in the world they should develop their projects to achieve the best returns thanks to the consistency and benchmarking it provides. It has the potential to level the playing field globally,” says Trusler.

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1st Annual ASAQS WSC Student Conference 2018

On Saturday October 6th 2018, the ASAQS Wits Student Chapter hosted their first annual ASAQS WSC Student Conference. The theme for this conference was “Creating an enabling environment for Quantity Surveying Students” and comprised of industry professionals that engaged students in various topics that will affect them in their route to employability.

The first session was opened by Tebogo Jempe, a Candidate QS at Equate Africa. Tebogo spoke about the competence and readiness of QS graduates and how the university curriculum is not evolving with the evolving QS industry. “There are market expectations on graduates and they are often expected to have the required skills and experience straight after graduating”.

Lesley Bergstrom, the Executive Assistant to the Registrar at the SACQSP, highlighted key aspects on how QS students and graduates can make themselves more marketable. “Do internships, consider volunteer work, and base your CV on the job you want. Review common interview questions, dress for success, sharpen your communication skills, know major current trends in the construction industry and join a professional society to grow your network of contacts”.

Professor David Root, Head of School of Construction, Economics and Management at Wits University, gave a brief summary about how the construction programmes at Wits are regulated and if this degree will truly prepare us for the working world.

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The 10 Steps Career Roadmap for Hardhat Professionals

How to Build a Successful Career in the Construction and Built Environment Industry

The HardHat Professional ( is a digital platform that aims to empower Construction and Built Environment Professionals to take greater control of their careers.

THHP has just published a valuable e-book which contains really practical information on how to select- and study for a career in the built environment.

When I asked him how the book came about, Thami Mthethwa, founder of the HardHat Professional said: " I started my career as a Construction Professional and I then went to become a Recruitment Professional specialising in the Construction/Built Environment industries, this is when I observed that a lot of new Hardhat Professionals were making a lot of uninformed career decisions and some were serious that it  negatively impacted their career progression. I also realised that the reason for this is that most of them did not have access to information that will guide them to make better informed career decisions in the construction and built environment industries. I then decided to start The Hardhat Professional a digital platform to empower Construction/Built Environment Professionals take greater control of their careers and this ebook is an extension of that."

The book explains the difference between vocational training, university of technology training and the more theoretical training one will get by attending an academic university. The second chapter explores the top 10 career options for HardHat Professionals that do not require a degree.

In subsequent chapters issues such as applying for a job and then preparing for a job interview are covered. The book also gives practical pointers when it comes to negotiating a salary, etc.

This is definitely a book that all young people should have. Please tell your friends about it and ask them to also spread the word.

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Earn some CPD2 time

Please assist this student by answering the survey below and claim 30 minutes of CPD category 2 time

Research title: Investigating the impact of a green specification framework on adopting sustainable building materials in South Africa.
Target population: Every Quantity Surveyor who has experience working with green rated projects within the construction sector in South Africa.
Survey link
Closing date: 31 October 2018
The purpose of the study is to: Identify and investigate the main causes for the laid-back approach towards the adoption of sustainable building materials in green rated projects for the South African construction sector, vis-a-vis their widespread usage in other jurisdictions.

Research title: The effectiveness of the JBCC PBA Edition 6.1 of March 2014 in the South African Built Environment.
Target population: All professionals Quantity Surveyors working in the industry
Survey link:
Closing date: 22 October 2018
The purpose of the study is to: Determine the effectiveness of the JBCC Series 2000 PBA Edition 6.1 of March 2014 in reducing risk to both parties and mitigating the likelihood of litigation and whether it addresses the challenges with its predecessors

Consider more than initial costs when building

New ASAQS Guide to Life Cycle Costing 2018 document to assist built environment professionals

There is a growing need among both public and private sector building owners and property developers to gain greater insight into what their buildings will actually cost them over their lifespan. The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) is set to launch a new document that will guide professionals in the built environment on the importance of calculating the Life Cycle Cost of a building and how to calculate these costs.

“The production of this document is part of the ASAQS mandate to provide value back to our members by equipping them with resources that will enhance their service offering back to their clients,” explains Larry Feinberg, ASAQS Executive Director.

Life Cycle Costing (LCC) is the total costs of an asset over its entire operating life, including initial acquisition costs, and subsequent running costs. ASAQS EduTech Director, Karl Trusler, says that traditionally, the most important factor taken into account when considering the development of a project are the initial capital costs.

The running costs of a building over the long term, however, far outweigh the initial capital costs, which means that everyone from quantity surveyors and other professionals to building owners and developers should reconsider their approach to the materials and equipment they choose and the design decisions and construction methods they opt for.

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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.

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  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:

ICEC-PAQS World Congress 18-20 November, 2018

Sydney, Australia at the Darling Harbour Convention Centre.

Grassroots to Concrete Jungle: Dynamics in the Built Environment

The early bird rate is available until Friday 28 September.

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Please also note that under Australia’s universal visa system all visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia. This visa can take some time to process so please ensure you apply for your visa well in advance of your intended date of travel to Australia. 


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