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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.


The EduTech Q&A

We received a query from a member who says: "Some Quantity Surveyors measure the steps in soffit of slabs under the item “Edges , Risers, Ends and Reveals not exceeding 300mm high or wide”. Other Qs's measure an item for "Step in soffit of slab 85mm high (giving the Engineers dimension) or "Step in soffit of slab not exceeding 300mm high".

The member then goes on to explain that edges and risers can be formed by formwork that can extend beyond the level of the concrete whereas material used in formwork to steps in slabs must be cut to exact dimensions. The stripping times also differ which means that material used in edges, risers, etc. can be recycled more often.

Shouldn't steps in the soffit of slabs be measured separately?

To find out what the Standard System requires from you click here.

EduTech is there to provide our members with technical support. If you have a query please log in on your profile and visit the EduTech Technical Information/ Technical Query page to send your question to us. Your question is posed to our panel of wise men and an answer is compiled and sent back to you FREE OF CHARGE!

ASAQS Gala Evening photographs now available

ASAQS celebrates Women’s Month by appointing two exceptional ladies in top leadership roles

The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) has appointment Ms. Christelle Bown as its new President.  She is the second ever female president of the ASAQS, following Prof. Gaye le Roux, who was elected to this prestigious position in 1987 and became a Life Member in 2006.

Christelle Bown – President ASAQS

Photo credit: Claire Clarke - Framed by Claire Photography

Bown’s appointment was announced at the highly successful 2019 ASAQS conference themed Shift towards Opportunity, held at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town on the 1st August 2019 and attended by over 300 delegates.

Nthabiseng Motlatle was recently elected as Chairperson of the ASAQS Wits Student Chapter. “It is a great time for young women to enter the Quantity Surveying. We have more women, like the incoming president of the ASAQS, taking up leadership positions than ever before. I am very proud to be a young woman in a position of leadership today and take this role very seriously,” says Nthabiseng.

We asked their views on several pertinent questions. This is what they answered.

Quote of the week:

Women are like teabags. We don't know our true strength until we are in hot water!


Members of ASAQS enter for FREE!

Please ignore if you do not care....

According to a report that reached us this week a large number of students are finding it difficult to obtain any response to their surveys. These students' academic year may be put in jeopardy unless you do a couple of the surveys below :

  • Research title: Destructive leadership and its management in the quantity surveying profession
    Purpose of the research: The research aims to investigate the prevalence of destructive leadership behaviour and how to manage it in quantity surveying practices in South Africa
    Target population:
    Candidate and professional quantity surveyors
    Survey link:
    Survey closing date: 26 August 2019
  • Research title: Factors affecting the accuracy of cost estimates in South Africa
    Purpose of the research: The research aims to identify the most critical factors that affect the accuracy of cost estimates and to consider possible strategies to eliminate inaccuracies from a professional quantity surveyors’ perspective
    Target population: Candidate and professional quantity surveyors
    Survey link:
    Survey closing date: 26 August 2019
  • Research title: Factors influencing the implementation of the South African Council of the Quantity Surveying Profession (SACQSP) code of conduct
    Purpose of the research: The research aims to identify the obstacles to effective implementation of the code of conduct
    Target population: Candidate and professional quantity surveyors
    Survey link:
    Survey closing date: 26 August 2019
  • Research title: The use of recycled plastics as an aggregate for concrete production in South Africa.
    Purpose of the research: This research project intends to investigate the use recycled plastic as substitute to sand or stone as an aggregate in concrete production allowing the construction industry to contribute to a better recycling rate of plastic.
    Target population
    : Quantity Surveyors, Engineers, Construction Project Manager, Contractors, built environment professionals etc.
    Survey link:
    Survey closing date: 30 August 2019.
  • Research title: Barriers to the application of Whole Life Cycle Costing in the South African Commercial Construction Industry
    Purpose of the research: Whole Life cycle costing is known as the most accurate way to present the holistic building cost. It is a tool used to assess all costs that will occur over a building lifetime. Studies show that the economical aspect of a building is usually neglected when planning, designing and after completion of a project. The aim of this research is to identify the main barriers to the application of whole life cycle costing in the South African commercial construction industry.
    Targeted population: All Quantity Surveyors (Registered and Candidates) and Building Clients/ developers.
    Survey link:
    Survey closing date: 30 August 2019
  • Research title: The Quantity Surveyor fulfilling the role of the Principal Agent.
    Purpose of the research: To investigate whether the Quantity Surveyor is competent to act as Principal Agent in the construction industry.
    Target population: Registered Quantity Surveyors
    Survey link:
    Survey closing date: 30th August 2019
  • Research title: The effect of ethical leadership behaviour on the ethical climate and employee's commitment within quantity surveying firms.
    Purpose of the research:
    The research aims to highlight the impact that ethical leadership behaviour has on ethical climate and employee’s commitment within Quantity Surveying firms in South Africa.
    Target population: Candidate and professional quantity surveyors
    Survey link:
    Survey closing date: 5 September 2019
  • Research title: The motivating factors that influence South African commercial real estate developers to invest in green building features and initiatives (GBFI's)
    Purposes of the research: The importance of sustainability has become widely recognized within society and a priority for the built environment sector of the economy. The South African construction industry has experienced an evolution that has steered building design and construction towards more sustainable forms. This research endeavours to determine the persuasive drivers behind green commercial building investment in South Africa by developers while also aiming to determine the influences that might hinder green building investment decisions.
    Target population: In terms of the target population, the study will require the insights of developers as well as the industry consultants namely (Quantity Surveyors, architects, project managers, and property valuators).
    Survey link:
    Survey closing date: 6th September 2019

    Target population: All professionals Quantity Surveyors working in the industry
    Survey link:
    Survey closing date: 30 September 2019

You can claim 1 hour of CPD 2 activity for every two questionnaires completed.

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.

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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:

ASAQS Annual Conference 2019

Save the date: 01 August 2019 @ Cape Town

Further details: TBA


What you get: :Banner adverts on the ASAQS website (over 60,000 page views/month on average!) A Mini-ad on the ASAQS website and on the Weekend Property and Construction News (over 10,700 subscribers) Preferential exposure of your products and services Targeted marketing at only R425.00 (excluding VAT) per month.
Don't wait, we only have a limited number of slots left.

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