Dating back to the 18th century, quantity surveying has always been a profession based on the expert knowledge of construction costs and contracts. Throughout history, quantity surveyors (QS) have been engaged to measure and “quantify” the construction costs of a building to negotiate between the architects, builders, and clients. While the profession has evolved over the years, quantity surveyors are still considered the construction costs experts.
As professionals in an industry that requires precision and accuracy, sometimes it is just easier to take a step back and let someone else do the hard stuff. Even with years of experience, Australia’s most internationally acclaimed architect and only Pritzker prize-winner, Glenn Murcutt, knows when its time to call in the cost professionals.
Today, a QS can provide a wide range of construction and financial management services from pre-construction, right through to post-occupancy.