1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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      Quantity Surveyor
      Building Economist
      Construction Economist

Estimates and monitors construction costs from the feasibility stage, through tender preparation, to the construction period and beyond.

Skill Level:
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.

Tasks Include:
  • 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

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