Scope of Services
Within the construction industry Quantity Surveyors are recognised as the financial managers of the construction process and play a critical role in ensuring the financial success of building projects. They act in liaison with architects, consulting engineers and contractors to safeguard the client’s interest as independent experts who are expected to maintain the highest level of professionalism towards all parties involved.
Key reasons to engage a Quantity Surveyor include the following:
- To establish an initial construction budget at an early stage of the development project.
- To monitor costs during the design, development and construction stages and take action to keep costs under control.
- To ensure that fully detailed tender documentation are prepared to minimise risks to the Employer from variations and contractual claims.
- To ensure tenders are obtained under the optimum conditions of competition.
- The use of a Quantity Surveyor provides contractors the assurance that cost management will be carried out in an equitable manner allowing contractors to be more competitive.
The services provided by GES Solutions fall under the following headings all of which are encompassed under the umbrella of quantity surveying.
Bills of Quantities
A major task for the Quantity Surveyor is the preparation of the Bills of Quantities, or BoQ. The BoQ provides the measured quantities of the items of work identified by the drawings and specifications in the tender documents for a project. The BoQ is prepared by reference to standard methods of measurement and provides a standard document for all tenderers to refer to when pricing the works therefore allowing tenders to be submitted in the same format which assists the tender analysis.
BoQ’s are primarily a tendering document allowing each contractor tendering for the project to price the work from the basis of the same information. The BoQ is also the basis for preparation of interim payment applications/certificates and as the first reference point for pricing of variations.
The BoQ includes a preliminaries and preambles section which defines the scope of the works, specific elements on the nature of the works, information on the contract conditions, special instructions to the contractor and measurement preambles to aid pricing. Separate sections are then provided for the measured works grouped by trade section or elementally and combined under headings i.e. structure, architectural, interior decoration, MEP and external works. A further section often used in BoQ’s is for Provisional Sums which are allowances estimated by the Quantity Surveyor for specific elements of the work that are not defined in sufficient detail to permit accurate pricing.