Quantity surveyors are the cost managers of construction. They are initially involved with the capital expenditure phase of a building or facility, which is the feasibility, design and construction phases.

Surveyor looking at plans

The Quantity Surveying and Construction Professional Group is the home within RICS for professionals who have an interest in the cost and procurement of construction projects.

Professional groups are responsible for four main areas:

1. Contributing to international standards development
2. Developing guidance on how members should implement these standards
3. Market insights in their specialist areas of practice
4. Consideration of how RICS should regulate members against these standards

The construction industry is global and extends across all real estate and infrastructure markets. Quantity surveyors work in all sectors of the construction industry worldwide.

In real estate this covers:

  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Industrial
  • Leisure
  • Agricultural
  • Retail

In infrastructure, sectors include: 

  • Roads
  • Railways
  • Airports
  • Waterways
  • Sea ports
  • Coastal defences
  • Power generation
  • Utilities

Quantity surveyors may also work in process engineering, such as chemical engineering plants or oil rigs. They must understand all aspects of construction over the whole life of a building or facility. They must have the ability to manage cost effectively, equating quality and value with individual client needs.

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