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.
Quantity Surveyors and quantity surveying generally means the pricing and administration of construction contracts.
In New Zealand there is an overlap of professional scope with estimators because both professions use similar tools and both price building work, however the quantity surveyors scope of work can extend to the management of the building project whereas the estimators involvement typically ends at the pricing stage.
The New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NZIQS) is the foremost professional body for our Kiwi QS’s 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 its quantity surveying services and abides by the NZIQS code of conduct.
We commission and employ appropriately skilled staff from around New Zealand.
Services can be provided remotely, or if you would prefer we can provide staff in person as required. Both types of service have benefits i.e. pricing a construction project for a tender can be done remotely if it is simply pricing from the contract documents, but it may be more efficient to attend in person if design meetings are required to develop the scope of the pricing in the first instance.
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.
The general expectation is that the QS must be proficient in understanding the law and the relevant contractual documents.
Some (most) parts of the applicable law i.e. the Construction Contracts Act 2002 may not be contracted out of by the parties, which means they will always apply as rules, but the contract fills in the rest of the details which the parties are free to decide between themselves.
The QS 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:
Project valuations & claims (this is how you get paid i.e. you value the work you have performed in accordance with the contract and submit a claim)
Claim assessments (this is where you assess another party’s claim and decide whether to pay it or not. If there is a reason you should not pay the claim then the recipient of the claim must issue a payment schedule in accordance with the CCA 2002)
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).
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).
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 your building project is protected from frivolous claims against your organization, invalid rejections of your own claims, and a maximization of your profit.
For further information about how we can assist you please contact us.