A quantity surveyor, or QS, is a construction professional who analyzes the financial investment required to complete a project. They start with an estimate of initial costs including materials, labor, equipment and tools, and an estimate of any legal costs, including obtaining insurance and permits.
This often results in the preparation of a feasibility study that also communicates any potential financial risks to the client or contractor. Building or repairing a public structure or bridge, for example, will also include costs associated with health and safety. Once a project begins, a quantity surveyor follows progress, adjusting estimates to reflect actual costs.
They are responsible for reducing costs while meeting safety and quality standards. For this reason, QS must know and understand government codes and regulations for both the type of project and its geographic location.
In most cases the quantity surveyor is responsible for…