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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.


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.

Quote of the week

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason why so few engage in it.

Henry Ford

ASAQS Salary Survey 2018

The salary survey was conducted in March 2018. Results were extracted from approximately 102 participating firms (some of which operate in more than one province) covering salaries of 506 personnel, compared to 158 participating firms and 802 personnel in the March 2017 survey.

The results are based on an annual survey of salaried staff, conducted amongst quantity surveying practices in South Africa. The survey excludes information pertaining to the remuneration packages of the principals, partners, members of close corporations and directors.

Last year we saw a sharp drop in the remuneration of quantity surveyors qualified at university and with more than 10 years experience. That seems to have been corrected in this year's survey. Another interesting number that crops up when comparing the 2018 survey to last year is that the number of practicing salaried QS's with more than 10 years experience seems to have declined from 28,2% to 21,4% this year. Your knee-jerk reaction could be that this drop must be ascribed to the number of experienced QS's leaving the country.

One should however, be cautious when comparing figures from one year to the next. The survey suggests trends over longer periods of time and if one compares the 2018 percentage to the 22,0% recorded in 2013 then the balance in experience seems to have remained fairly constant.

Please click here to download the 2018 and older surveys.

What will you do?

EthicsThe latest edition of the RICS Construction Journal takes a look at corruption and ethics.

How do you compete for work in a market where standards differ and price more often than not determines who gets the work? How do you operate in countries where helping family and friends to get employment or to win a contract is seen as a positive?

Different countries and companies have different tolerances for engaging in practices that others would consider to be bribery or unethical conduct.

Steph Fairbairn, the journal editor asks: "What would you do?" She says: "This is a question most of us face regularly, whether in a personal or professional context. At a time when our industry is in a major stage of transition, the ethics of what we do, and how and why we do it, are more important than ever."

Five likely scenarios for quantity surveyors and project managers are debated – and the only conclusion is that everyone has a different view depending on their background, experience and beliefs.

Here are a few examples from the article on ethical dilemmas:

"The consultant quantity surveyor or project manager has been asked by a favoured, and repeat, business client to submit a fee proposal for a particular construction project. Once submitted, the client approaches the quantity surveyor or project manager and indicates that they very much wish to appoint them for the project, but notes that unfortunately theirs was not the lowest fee proposal received. The client advises that if the quantity surveyor or project manager were able to reduce their fee to a certain level – that is, below the lowest fee proposal received – then they would be appointed the project. How should the consultant quantity surveyor or project manager respond?"


"Competitive tenders are due to be submitted at a particular date and time, but one of them arrives late and is the lowest of those submitted. The client is very keen for this late tender to be considered and asks the consultant quantity surveyor or project manager to include it in their report, as if it had not been late. What should the consultant quantity surveyor or project manager do in this situation?"

How do your partners and staff respond to theses scenarios?

Click here to download the journal to find out how other practitioners answered these questions and to gain further insight by reading some really interesting articles on ethics.

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.

Please click here to read more about this study

Click here to take part in the survey

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.

Click here to continue reading

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.

Click here to download your own copy of this valuable book for FREE!

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.

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:

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.

Click here to register

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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