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Moss Construction Cost Management Inc

The Future of
Quantity Surveying
Jonathan Moss FRICS,CCC

Background
„ Trained in the UK as a Quantity
Surveyor
„ Extensive International Experience
„ 20 years in cost management
„ 8 years USA

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The Future of Quantity Surveying

„ Context
„ Role
„ Competencies
„ The Future
„ Summary
„ Q&A

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Context

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„ 110,000 members in 120 countries


„ 20% based outside UK
„ 16 Faculties
„ Construction faculty – 40,000 members
„ Chartered Quantity Surveyor
„ Chartered Construction Surveyor

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„ 27 National Associations
„ 5 Regions/territories:
„ Americas, Africa, Asia & Middle East, Europe, Oceania

„ Americas:
„ USA, Canada, Bermuda …

„ RICS USA
„ 600 Members
„ 8 Chapters

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Perception of the Quantity


Surveyor
„ “Number Cruncher”
„ Estimator
„ Counts bricks
„ Technically
oriented
„ Old hat
„ Boring

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Perception of Cost Engineer


„ “Number Cruncher”
„ Estimator
„ Counts equipment
„ Technically
Oriented
„ Old Hat
„ Boring

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Role of the QS

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The Role of the QS

„ The QS

“skilled in all aspects of the


construction process and building
life cycle”

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The Role of the QS

„ The QS

“able to manage cost efficiently,


equating quality and value with
individual client needs”

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The Role of the QS

„ The QS

“must have strong financial,


analytical, interpretive and
teamwork skills”

…sound familiar..?

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Historic Role
„ Measurement, quantification,
preparation of Bills of Quantities
„ Preparation of contract documents
„ Cost Planning
„ Cost Control
„ Procurement advice
„ Contract administration

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Contemporary Role

„ Client advocate and representative


„ Construction design and economics
„ Construction planning & procurement
„ Construction administration and
management
„ Project management

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Moving Forward

„ No standing still
„ Proactive
„ Expectations
„ Competition
„ “Shrinking” world

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Competencies

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Competencies
„ Mandatory
• For all chartered surveyors
„ Core
• Discipline specific
„ Optional
• Reflects specialism/area of practice

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Mandatory Competencies 1
„ Codes of Conduct
„ Professional practice
„ Data collection, retrieval and analysis
„ Customer care
„ Environmental awareness
„ Health & Safety

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Mandatory Competencies 2
„ Law
„ Oral Communication
„ Self management
„ Teamwork
„ Written/graphic communication

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Core Competencies
„ Design Economics and Cost Planning
„ Measurement & Costing of
Construction
„ Contract Practice
„ Conflict avoidance, management &
dispute resolution
„ Construction technology and
environmental services
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Optional Competencies 1
„ 160 available
„ Examples:
• Accounting principles & practices
• Capital allowances & grants
• Commercial management of construction
• Contract administration
• Economic Development
• Development Appraisal

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Optional Competencies 2
More Examples:
• Financial Risk Management
• Procurement
• Project audit
• Project cost & financial control
• Project evaluation
• Project process & procedures
• Project strategy
• Risk management

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AACE Core Requirements


„ Supporting Skills & Knowledge
„ Cost Estimating
„ Cost Control
„ Planning & Scheduling
„ Contract Management
„ Economic Analysis & Business planning

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Common Ground

QS Cost Management CCE/CCC

„ Professional
„ Standards and practices
„ “Total Cost Management”
„ Specialized focus

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The Future

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The Future
„ Roles:
• Auditors
• Facilitators
• Leaders
• Managers… of the development process

„ Trends:
• Multi-
Multi-discipline practice
• Decentralization of staff, service, market
• Sustainability

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The Future QS

„ “Number Cruncher” „ Facilitator


„ Estimator „ Cost Manager
„ Counts bricks „ Manages value
„ Technical „ People person
„ Old hat „ Innovative
„ Boring „ Dynamic

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Challenges
„ Image
„ Acceptance
„ Recognition (“Professional Service”)
„ Scope
„ Competition
„ Rivalry
„ Professional “Snobbery”

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Summary

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Key Points
„ Move forward, not slip back
„ Accept the challenge of change
„ Be Proactive
„ Cooperation
„ Complementary Roles
„ Mutual strength

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Questions?

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Construction Cost Management Incorporated

jonathan@mosscost.com
(260) 925 3416
www.mosscost.com

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