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Academic Research Requests

Academics, or students studying Quantity Surveying sometimes have to complete research projects that require surveys or questionnaires to be completed.

The ASAQS has formulated a policy on how academics or students can be assisted and the SACQSP has also determined that registered quantity surveyors undertaking these surveys may claim 30 minutes in CPD category 2 for each survey completed.

In  order for surveys to be placed the following requirements should be adhered to:

Undergraduate students in quantity surveying have to post any surveys online if they wish the ASAQS to publish it on their website and newsletter. Online surveys may be done on Survey Monkey, Google Forms or on survey-platforms provided by the universities.

Students doing masters- or doctorate degrees in quantity surveying can, after posting their surveys online and not obtaining the results they need, send a written request to the Executive Director of the ASAQS requesting his consideration to send out an e-mail to the specific target group requesting participation in the survey.

In all instances ASAQS requires the following:
a.    Research title
b.    Objective or purpose of the research – in not more than 35 words – this information is optional
c.    Target population
d.    Survey link
e.    How long the survey will run i.e. date that the survey closes
f.     Ethics clearance certificate from their institution

All requests to have surveys published should be sent to EduTech who will then forward approved requests to the ASAQS Webmaster for publication.


Current surveys

The research topics below use Quantity Surveyors as the target population. We therefore kindly ask for your participation in at least one of these questionnaires. Each of these questionnaires should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. In return for your participation you can claim 30 CPD minutes in Category 2.

Students busy with research need your help to collect data for their thesis. Please assist by participating in these questionnaires (you can claim a half-hour of CPD2 for each completed survey)

2019

Students request your help to answer their online questionnaires. You can claim 1 hour of CPD 2 activity for every two questionnaires completed.:

  • Research Title: Negative effects of Information and Communication Technology in the Construction Industry.
    Target population: Quantity Surveyors and other built environment professionals.
    Survey Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSerNuaX42YFxIPeX6kVaD9JCsB65B4jE6PnjsUKt_T_R7UlvQ/viewform?usp=send_form

    Closing date:.  25 October 2019.

  • Research title: The implementation of lean management as a tool to increase competitiveness
    Purpose of the research:
    This study aims to investigate the most recurrent barriers to the implementation of lean management as a competitive tool in QS firms. Despite a few studies directed towards strategic planning and competitive strategy implementation, limited research has been conducted with the intent to investigate the impediment of competitive strategy implementation in Quantity Surveying firms.
    Target population:
    Professional quantity surveyors in a managerial position in a QS firm
    Survey link:
    https://mandela.questionpro.com/t/AMVn7ZfYkC
    Survey closing date:
    25 October 2019
  • Research title: STUDY OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT AND ETHICAL STANDARDS IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN QUANTITY SURVEYING INDUSTRY
    Target population
    : All professionals Quantity Surveyors working in the industry
    Survey link
    : https://forms.gle/12U4inKJa8mCenHQA
    Survey closing date
    : 30 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: https://www.questionpro.com/t/APaGYZeyHc
    Survey closing date: 6th September 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: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdGdljk-b_wcBF-T6opc4SLEP0MDwkC1BYnY1xlPgtr-Th_5g/viewform?usp=sf_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: https://www.questionpro.com/t/APbTiZe1Ll
    Survey closing date: 30th 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: https://mandela.questionpro.com/t/APbHkZe0vo
    Survey closing date: 30 August 2019
     
  • 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:
    https://www.questionpro.com/t/AMVn7ZezBa
    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: https://www.questionpro.com/t/AMVn7ZeyoD
    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: https://www.questionpro.com/t/AMVn7ZevI2
    Survey closing date: 26 August 2019
  • Research Title: Value Management as a tool towards sustainable construction
    Purpose of the Research: Value Management (VM) has proven to provide a structured methodology using specific supporting tools and techniques that facilitate effective decision making on many types of projects, thus achieving best value for clients. This research aims to find out whether the South African Construction Industry is familiar with VM and if VM is implemented during projects and whether the benefits have been realised.
    Target population: Quantity Surveyors, Architects, Construction Managers, Contractors and Clients.
    Survey link: http://forms.nmmu.ac.za/websurvey/q.asp?sid=1844&k=rvsgjmjkag
    Survey closing date: 16 August 2019
  • Research title: The influence of post occupancy evaluation on building cost management
    Purpose of the research: The objective of the research is to determine how the use of post occupancy evaluation could be influential in cost management of buildings.
    Target population: Only registered quantity surveyors are aimed at. (Can be both Professional QS & Candidate QS’s)
    Survey link: https://treatise2019.questionpro.com
    Survey closing date: 16 August 2019.
  • Research title: The Work-Readiness of Candidate Quantity Surveyors
    Purpose of the research:
    The purpose of this study is to strategically evaluate the overall work performance and readiness levels of candidate quantity surveyors in South Africa. Work readiness is the extent to which individuals are perceived to possess the attitudes and attributes that make them prepared or ready for success in the work environment.
    Target population: Only Candidate Quantity Surveyors will be requested to participate in the survey.
    Survey link: https://www.questionpro.com/t/APVe6ZeqsU
  • Research title: A review of the involvement of Quantity Surveyors in improving the cost management of mechanical and electrical services
    Purpose of the research: This research is aimed at analysing the factors affecting the involvement of the Quantity surveyors in measuring and managing the M&E services costs and how they can create better value for the client during the construction life-cycle.
    Target population: Only registered Quantity Surveyors practicing in South Africa, as well as Mechanical and Electrical engineers who provide their services for construction projects.
    Survey link: https://www.questionpro.com/t/APTfFZejmO
    Survey closing date: 16 August 2019
  • Research title: The Work-Readiness of Candidate Quantity Surveyors
    Purpose of the research: The purpose of this study is to strategically evaluate the overall work performance and readiness levels of candidate quantity surveyors in South Africa. Work readiness is the extent to which individuals are perceived to possess the attitudes and attributes that make them prepared or ready for success in the work environment.
    Target population: Only Candidate Quantity Surveyors will be requested to participate in the survey.
    Survey link: https://www.questionpro.com/t/APVe6ZeqsU
  • Research title: Identifying the major factors influencing cost overruns and effective cost control measures in construction projects
    Purpose of the research: Is to investigate the major causes of cost overruns on South African construction projects, the effects of cost overruns and effective cost mitigation measures that can be employed by quantity surveyors to avert cost overruns.
    Target population: Registered professional quantity surveyors
    Survey link: https://www.questionpro.com/t/APVDEZerPI
    Survey closing date: 15 August 2019

  • Research title - ASSESSMENT OF THE CAREER ENHANCING FUNCTIONS PROVIDED BY MENTORS FOR LIFE AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT OF A PROFESSIONAL QUANTITY SURVEYING GRADUATE
    Target population: All professionals Quantity Surveyors working in the industry
    Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Mentoring_BEP
    Survey closing date: 15 August 2019
  • Research title: Drivers behind the adoption of smart building technologies in South Africa
    Purpose of the research: The objectives of this study are:
    ·    
    Determining if there are monetary savings in operational costs, to offset the additional capital costs.
    ·    
    To increase the awareness of smart technologies amongst building owners in South Africa.
    ·    
    Identifying the risks associated with smart technologies in South Africa.
    Target population: Quantity Surveyors, Architects, Building Operations Managers, Property Developer
    Survey link: https://www.questionpro.com/t/APYuKZexM2
    Survey closing date:
    15 August 2019
  • Research Title: The impact of excessive fee discounts by quantity surveying practices
    Purpose of the research: The discounting professional fees as a basis of obtaining work by quantity surveying practices has been a topic of growing concern. This research aims to determine the impact of this has on the quantity surveying profession.
    Target population: Professional quantity surveyors who are Directors or Owners of practices.
    Survey Link: https://www.questionpro.com/t/APXLoZeuUR
    Survey closing date: 12 August 2019
  • Research title: Continuous professional development in the quantity surveying profession
    Purpose of the research: The objective of this study is to determine whether registered quantity surveyors are struggling to comply with their CPD requirements and to establish the effectiveness of the current CPD system
    Target population: All professionally registered quantity surveyors with the SACQSP
    Survey link: https://www.questionpro.com/t/APT54ZekyC
    Survey closing date: 0
    2 August 2019
  • Research title: Competence level of quantity surveying graduates: Employers' perspectives
    Purpose of the research: Excellent services from quantity surveyors is expected in the current construction industry. However, it is perceived that quantity surveying graduates are incompetent to meet the ever demand services required by employers. The objective of the research is to determine which competencies are lacking from candidate quantity surveyors.
    Target population: Only directors and office managers to complete the questionnaire
    Survey link: https://www.questionpro.com/t/AOjm1Zem5S
    Survey closing date: 02 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:
    https://www.questionpro.com/t/AMVn7ZemUa
    Survey closing date: 31 July 2019

  • Research title: Challenges faced by candidate quantity surveyors towards professional registration
    Purpose of the research:
    It is evident that the pass rate of the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) is substantially low. The objective of the research is to highlight the challenges candidate quantity surveyors are facing in registering as a professional quantity surveyor.
    Target population:  Only professional quantity surveyors that have passed their APC in the last 5 years, will be requested to participate in the survey.
    Survey link: https://www.questionpro.com/t/APTfAZejl1
    Survey closing date:
    20 July 2019
  • Research title: The implementation of Building Information Modelling in the quantity surveying profession.
    Purpose of the research:
    The purpose of my research is to investigate the various components of BIM in the construction industry, more specifically within the quantity surveying profession. There are numerous barriers relating to the implementation of BIM which prohibit the successful adoption and subsequent utilisation of the new technology that is revolutionising how work is approached and executed within the industry. This research will specifically focus on the factors influencing the quantity surveying profession and their adoption of BIM.
    Target population:  Only professional quantity surveyors that have passed their APC in the last 5 years, will be requested to participate in the survey.
    Survey link: https://www.questionpro.com/t/APTgtZejqz
    Survey closing date:
    19 July 2019
  • Research title: WORKPLACE STRESS STRAIN ON PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL-BEING ENGAGEMENT AND TEAM COHESION
    Purpose of the research:
    The aim is to investigate work-life balance, work relationships, work overload, job control, job satisfaction, commitment to the organisation, commitment of the organisation, team cohesion potential, resilience, physical and psychological health and psychological well-being - as perceived and experienced by registered quantity surveyors in the construction industry
    Target population:  registered quantity surveyors
    Survey link: https://asset.robertsoncooper.com/cp2018/
    Survey closing date:
    20 May 2019


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