The role entails managing and controlling financial aspects of the construction process. A quantity surveyor will provide effective cost management and cost control expertise to construction, civil engineering and associated construction activities of any scale from initial feasibility studies through to design, construction, maintenance, refurbishment, and demolition.
Quantity surveyors can work on behalf of contracting organisations or as representatives of the client, always aiming to ensure that the project is completed within budget. The role requires the employment of sophisticated computing resources to financially mange the development, construction and long-term operation of buildings.
Quantity surveyors often act as project managers on behalf of the client, with responsibility for the selection, management and co-ordination of the resources needed for the execution of a construction project. Increasingly, they are becoming involved in providing expert advice in the rapidly expanding field of facilities management and the long-term operation of buildings.
Professional quantity surveyors need to be educated to the high standards set by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Qualities include the need to be flexible, self-motivated people with good communication skills and a highly developed sense of professional pride.