We can provide on the job and remote quantity surveying services as required with no further obligations to long time employment. Quantity surveyors help to ensure your project spend is less than your budget, and the revenue you make is maximised.
When pricing construction work for either tendering or pricing variation works, our quantity surveyors will provide you with all pertinent information and rates applied in as much detail as requested. Electronic copies (take off/mark ups/abstracts) are provided in excel form and CostX as required by our customers, however if this is not preferred pleas feel free to contact us to enquire if we can meet your needs
The New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NZIQS) is the foremost professional body for quantity surveying in New Zealand, however the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is also a well-respected similar professional body based in London, UK.
Contract Control provides NZIQS members when providing quantity surveying services and in accordance with the NZIQS code of conduct.
temporarily hiring instead of employing.
The general benefits of hiring QS’s include:
1. You do not have to commit to full time employment of 1 person and avoid significant onboarding cost and potential employment disputes.
2. You may request a different QS at any time and are not bound to the use of 1 person.
3. You are not committed to keeping a QS busy and can hire services as you need, as little or as much as you require.
4. You do not need to spend resources making remote QS staff familiar with your systems and/or place of work in accordance with the HSAW Act.
5. All services provided by Contract Control are insured, our staff abide by our strict confidentiality policy and are professionally vetted for professional body membership and criminal convictions.
Knowing the law and the contract
Quantity Surveyors must be proficient with the contract and various aspects of the legislation as they relate to construction. Failure in either may lead to errors with significant impact. For example, if a valid payment claim is not responded to with the correct information, and in the time prescribed by the CCA 2002, the recipient may be required to pay the entire claim, irrespective if the claim is correct or not (refer s22(b) of the CCA)
It is also important to understand contract law and applicability of precedence when dealing with contracts. Customers frequently raise questions relating to conflicting terms and query which must apply
Legislation such as the Construction Contracts Act 2002 restricts a customer’s freedom to contract for some terms but allows much flexibility to contract at will for others. It is important that quantity surveyors do not seek to rely on unenforceable terms
Quantity surveying tasks.
The quantity surveyor is usually the person who prices the project (or estimator), then administers the contract commercials and monitors the project incase steps need to be taken to control cost or efficiency.
The tasks typically performed include the following:
ONE : Project valuations & claims (this is how the customer get paid i.e. you value the work you have performed in accordance with the contract and submit a claim)
TWO : Claim assessments (this is where the customer assess another party’s claim and decide whether to pay it or not. If there is a reason the customer should not pay the claim then the recipient of the claim must issue a payment schedule in accordance with the CCA 2002)
THREE : Notification and valuation of variations (this is if a change to the project occurs which the claimant believes entitles a claim for additional money or time, often notification of these entitlements which arise must be done within a strict time deadline).
FOUR : Administration of Contract instructions (this is where the project information or some other factor changes and the other parties must be made aware. This is common when design is changed to remedy a discovered issue or in events of very bad weather. The usual method for communicating these changes is via contract instruction).
FIVE: Cost to complete assessments (this is where the current known factors, such as current cost and current production efficiencies, are calculated alongside known issues and expectations for the project. The objective is to then understand
a. How much the project will cost, and why, and
b. When the project will be complete.
c. The risks and mitigation options for anything which may impact the above.
It is the ongoing attendance to the above tasks which ensures the customers’ building project is protected from frivolous claims against your organization, invalid rejections of the customers’ own claims, and a maximization of your profit.
For further information about how we can assist you please contact us.
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