30 credits at level HE5
Students undertaking courses which contain elements of construction economics and resource management require measurement skills to enable them to accurately cost and allocate resources. In addition this module develops the students’ abilities to accurately measure and describe building and civil engineering construction works of a more complex nature and interpret and apply a range of standard methods of measurement. The ability to prepare bills of quantities will be further developed to include a variety of manual and electronic techniques. The changing role of the quantity surveyor is also analysed.
1 to develop the student's ability to measure complex structures and civil engineering works;
2 to evaluate and apply alternative methods of measurement, including quantities for elemental cost plans, builders quantities, specification and drawings;
3 to further develop the student's ability to prepare bills of quantities and draft preliminary and specification clauses;
4 to understand the link between measurement, cost, allocation of resources and financial risk;
5 to analyse the changing role of the quantity surveyor within the construction industry.
Measurement and description of complex construction works including multi storey commercial and industrial buildings, mechanical and electrical services and civil engineering works.
Bill production (20%)
Preparation of bills of quantities including preliminary and specification clauses using a range of techniques and formats. Evaluation of formats and methods of bill production.
The role of the quantity surveyor (20%)
How the quantity surveyor can influence the commercial well-being of construction organisations and construction projects.
The main vehicle for learning will be workshop sessions based upon case studies. Such sessions will be interspersed with short lectures and seminars. Workshops will facilitate the formation of small work groups which may break away into tutorial sessions. Students will be required to develop in stages a portfolio of documentation which is case study based. Assessment will be integrated with work undertaken in Contract Procedures and Procurement and Construction Economics.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Be able to accurately measure and describe complex construction works using building and civil engineering Standard Methods of Measurement.
||Compare quantities with model answer and compliance of item descriptions with the appropriate standard methods|
|2.||Be able to draft Preliminary and Specification clauses;
||Draft clauses to fully communicate all information necessary for estimating purposes|
|3.||Know how to prepare bills of quantities using a range of manual techniques;||Transfer quantities from the take-off to the bills accurately and methodologically.|
|4.||Be able to use IT to measure and produce bills of quantities;
||Use IT systems to improve accuracy, speed and presentation of documents|
|5.||Be able to prepare query lists and information required schedules for the design team and assume appropriate answers;
||Appreciate of the extent to which measurement takes place before the design of a building is complete|
|6.||Understand the role of the quantity surveyor within a dynamic industry||Analyse the changing role of the quantity surveyor|
|7.||Know how to analyse project designs
||Provide feedback to the designer about possible buildability problems and missing information|
|8.||Know how to synthesise project designs||Produce completed bills of quantities which fully describe the work to be executed|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Portfolio submission based on a case study including measurement techniques appropriate to different stages of the pretender process.|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
You cannot take this module if you are taking or have taken:
Standard Method of Measurement of Building Works (1988) 7th Edition, , RICS/BEC, revised 1998.
Packer, A.D. (1995) Building Measurement, 1st Edition, Longman.
Wheeler, R.J., and Clark, A.V., (1992) Building Quantities Worked Examples, 1st Edition, Newnes.
Seeley, I.H. and Winfield, R. (1999) Building Quantities Explained, 5th Edition, Bristol. Macmillan.
Civil Engineering Standard Method of Measurement (1991) 3rd Edition, Thomas Telford.
Seeley, I.H., (1994) Civil Engineering Quantities, Bristol. Macmillan.
Morley, L.B. (1986) CESMM2 explained. London. Spon
Willis, A. and Trench, W. (1998) Elements of Quantity Surveying. 9th Edition, Blackwell Science.
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