Quantity Surveyor/Construction Economist/Cost Engineer


The Quantity Surveyor is one of a team of professional advisers to the construction industry. Quantity Surveyors estimate and monitor construction costs, from the feasibility stage of a project through to the completion of the construction period. They work closely with architects, financiers, engineers, contractors, suppliers, project owners, accountants, insurance underwriters, solicitors and with all levels of government authorities. Quantity Surveyors measure the quantity of materials and labour needed for a project, measured from drawing for use by contractors and developers for tendering, progress payments, variations and valuation.

Quantity Surveyors may perform the following tasks

Consult with architects, engineers, builders, contractors, suppliers and project owners
Analyse architectural and engineering drawings and specifications in order to prepare a 'Bill of Quanitites', which itemises the individual components (materials, labour etc) required to construct the project
Monitor changes to designs, assess effects on cost, and measure, value and negotiate variations to designs
Evaluate and monitor payment to contractors at various points of construction
Undertake feasibility studies to assist in decisions about the worth of a project proceeding

An Estimator has similar roles to a quantity surveyor. The main difference between an Estimator and Quatity Surveyor is, an Estimator is generally employed by a contractor, whilst a Quantity Surveyor mainly consults for developers/clients to ensure that quotes are reasonable.