Quantity surveyors are involved in the early stages of a construction project, from the pre-contract stage through to the post-contract award. They work with clients and contractors to establish budgets and schedules, and to ensure that all aspects of the project meet both legal requirements and the client’s expectations. Quantity Surveyors also work with other members of the construction team, such as architects and engineers, to ensure that the project is completed on time and within budget.
The quantity surveyor’s role has evolved over time, and today they are more likely to be involved in project management and risk management than simply surveying quantities. However, their core skill is still an understanding of construction costs and how these can be controlled.