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These free resources are made available through the ASAQS and the generosity of several associates and friends of the ASAQS.

DISCLAIMER: While the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) aims to ensure that its
publications represent best practice, the ASAQS does not accept or assume any liability or responsibility for any events or consequences which derive from the use of any documents. Guides and other documents are not exhaustive and is therefore
only intended to provide general guidance to those who wish to make use of them. Publications are provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied including but without limitation to warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement.


2019 Edition

This 2019 edition includes convincing results that bring more focus by confirming previous outcomes and sharpening previous conclusions. It also includes additonal analysis regarding the business case of green building to expand the
study and provide greater insight.

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2016 Edition

The publication of this first edition GREEN BUILDING IN SOUTH AFRICA – GUIDE TO COSTS AND TRENDS booklet, is envisaged as the first of many to come. We anticipate it being a regular and sought after publication that will keep the built environment updated on green building costs and trends.

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ASAQS Student guide 2017

The ASAQS is proud to present it's newly designed student guide to the public.

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Turner & Townsend’s
International Construction Market Survey 2017, a major data-led study of construction costs in 43 global markets gives an in-depth snapshot of construction costs – and what’s driving them – around the world.


We are delighted to share the atest AECOM Africa Property and Construction Cost Guide 2017 with you. It has been produced by their program, cost and consultancy (PCC) team.

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We are delighted to share the atest AECOM Africa Property and Construction Cost Guide 2016 with you. It has been produced by their program, cost and consultancy (PCC) team.

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Information sheet on the classification of soil compaction

The objective of this information sheet is to provide clarity regarding soil compaction
classification and to broaden the readers’ understanding of process and the terminology used within the industry. Furthermore we will highlight some of the required compaction classifications that needs to be met as specified in COLTO.

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Information sheet on the classification of natural materials as used in earthworks

The classification of construction materials is a complicated field. In this article the classification of natural materials as used in earthworks will be discussed. The general classification is done in terms of a “G” notification, like G5, G6, G7, G8, G9 and G10. Generally a G5 and G6 type of material is classified as natural gravel and the G7 to G10 type of material as a gravel-soil. The lower the number (5 for example) the better quality material it is.

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Information sheet on: blast zones/ impact and influences

The objective of this information sheet is to provide clarity regarding some of the limitations, restrictions and design considerations in dealing with rock conditions. Furthermore, ground vibration, air blast, fly rock, as well as the control measures required to properly conduct blasting operations within the confinements of an urban developed area relative to the position on site are briefly addressed hereafter.

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Free presentation

QS presentationThis presentation details the key value of QS’s - with emphasis on the public sector.

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Client Guide for Improving Infrastructure Project Outcomes

Client Guide for Improving Infrastructure Project OutcomesAn invaluable resource made available to us by the author, Dr. Ron Watermeyer, through the sponsors, Engineers Against Poverty (EAP) and the School of Construction Economics and Management, University of the Witwatersrand.

From the foreward: "...The Guide is the first of EAP’s celebratory projects marking their 20th Anniversary in 2018. Infrastructure provides the underpinning platform upon which society depends and yet in many cases the causes of infrastructure failure can be traced back to a lack of good governance, poor procurement and inadequate delivery management practices, all of which are under the control of the client. Successful infrastructure delivery isn’t just down to effective project management and the built environment professionals. The role of the client is crucial in terms of setting the direction and providing effective governance. And whilst there is plenty in the literature to support and guide the project manager, there is very little to assist the intelligent client. This Guide fills that gap comprehensively, and for the first time brings together and provides vital guidance for the Client to positively influence successful project procurement and delivery."

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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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