Estimates and monitors construction costs from the feasibility stage, through tender preparation, to the construction period and beyond.
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification. Registration or licensing is required.
- prepares preliminary cost estimates from sketches and statements of requirements
- studies architectural and engineering drawings and specifications to estimate total costs
- consults with architects, builders and engineers, financiers, developers and owners
- prepares detailed cost plans and estimates as tools for budgetary control
- prepares material lists, produces bills of quantities for tendering purposes and advises clients on tenders when received
- administers construction contracts and measures and approves progress payments
- monitors changes of design, assesses effects on cost, and measures, values and negotiates variations to designs
- advises on costs of alterations to existing buildings or structures, on various materials and construction methods, and on alternative contractual procedures and clauses
- prepares final cost statements
- may supervise and coordinate the work of building technicians
- may prepare specifications and contract documents