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Domestic Construction Projects

ASQS offers builders, architects, engineers, contractors, and home owners a set of comprehensive Multi-level Options To Satisfy Any Budget

House design and construction requires the input of many professionals to ensure that your next home is delivered to the quality and standards required in todays building industry. The Quantity Surveyors are a key to ensuring that your endevour is delivered on time, to budget and to the quality expected. Broad scope of the projects we work on:

  • New Builds
  • Re-builds
  • Insurance claims, forming reports for claimants
  • Architectural builds
  • Pre-construction consulting
  • Build lifecycle & BIM Capability
  • Ongoing consultancy and related services

The most comprehensive multi-level QS Reporting options available
We can scale the work and the reports to the level that meets your budget. 

For builders, architects and engineers, the development of new, higher-level skills to deal with the conditions that are now being identified to varying degrees throughout New Zealand. 

ASQS Consultancy Services | Home design & construction

ASQS have those new higher level of skills that exceed the industry standard, bringing you results at a granular level. Our data rich detailing and multiple QS reports can ensure you get the best understanding of  the true cost of your build and most importantly sets the standard of quality expected of your contractors and suppliers. 

ASQS offer this full range of services that Quantity Surveying and Project Management can offer, our services can be extensive or as specific as required with your next build project, and most importantly tailored to your needs when you need it:

  • Initiation consultancy; to set the standard before you build
  • Planning consultancy; to ensure correct planning & documentation before you build
  • Execution consultancy; to monitor & control cost and quality of your build (with your Project Manager)
  • Closing; Final quality and standard reviews in the final product
  • QS detailed and granular quantities reports throughout the process
  • QS Extensive cost breakdowns
  • Extensive project lifecycle consultancy services

Home Owners | Insurance claim services

ASQS provide extensive upfront consulting services and advice before you begin your next build project. These include insurance claims, the information required before proceeding to formally submit your claim must be comprehensive, concise and accurate to ensure the success of the claim itself. As the quality of your build project is dependent on the budget, it is critical that your claims are assisted by our qualified professionals, and secure your expected outcome. 

ASQS Quantity Surveyors | Reporting

We can scale a report to the level that meets your budget. 
We have a great track record of carrying out projects for:

  • Architectural housing
  • Residential sub-divisions
  • Industrial and commercial buildings
  • Community facilities
  • Earthquake repairs
  • House rebuilds

And because our unique reporting format can be offered in multi-level reporting options, the drill down into rich data can offer irrefutable evidence to support insurance claims. 

Contact ASQS

Contact ASQS today, or simply fill out the contact form for a return call:

  • +64 3 281 7703
  • lester.bryant@asqs.co.nz

 

 

Commercial Construction Projects

AVOIDING EXPENSIVE RISKS

Commercial Projects require a lot of upfront investment to ensure their viability. We help guard your investment and provide surity of a completed outcome

Commercial construction requires the input of many professionals to ensure that your project is delivered to the price and time required in todays building industry. The Quantity Surveyors are a key to ensuring that your endevour is delivered on time, to budget and to the quality expected.

CURRENT CONDITIONS - commercial construction projects face two major risks;

  1. the risk of not starting -         The Project will not get beyond consent because the design and location could not match the required ecomomic outcomes
  2. the risk of not completing -    The Project ends up exceeding both time and budget requirements, an outcome which sours all professional relationships

To Avoid These Risks You Should Engage Our Services

Short List of Roles

This will include a QS performing all of, or parts of, or supporting roles in the following:

  • A estimator
  • A quantity surveyor
  • A cost engineer
  • A construction economist
  • A requisitions officer
  • A construction accountant
  • A contracts manager
  • A project manager
  • A construction valuer
  • A specification valuer
  • A chattels valuer
  • A disputes arbitrator
  • A professional witness
  • A tender manager
  • A technical advisor

Contact ASQS

Contact ASQS today, or simply fill out the contact form for a return call:

  • +64 3 281 7703
  • lester.bryant@asqs.co.nz

 

 

Construction Lifecycle

In recent years the construction lifecycle and the lifecycle of buildings has been redefined. The vernacular has moved to include words such as sustainabity and end of life recycling. To construct a building we no longer just visualise the creation of a new building.  We are now asked to visulaise the building as a BIM Model with up to 7 dimensions;

  1. The Design dimension (2D)
  2. The Specification dimension (utility & amenity)
  3. The 3D Conceptualised, walk through dimension. (how should the building be put together?)
  4. The Cost Dimension
  5. The Time and Construction Dimension (Project Management)
  6. The As Built Dimension (how was the building really put together?)
  7. The Lifecycle Management Dimension.(how much will the building cost to run over its projected lifetime, and what will the end of life demolition costs be. This may be used for comparing building options)

Why BIM and CIM?

Do You Want To Exceed All Common Forms Of Construction Efficiency?

BIM & CIM can lead the way in cost and time savings.
Results such as 20% faster construction times in Top End Architectural Homes & 37% Faster Times in Commercial Fit-out have been achieved.
BIM and CIM  are not just about sustainability, they are about efficiency and cost

What Is BIM?

 

Building Information Modeling (BIM)
BIM is the digital representation of physical functional and cost characteristics of a facility. A BIM is a shared knowledge resource for information about a building forming a reliable basis for decisions during its design, preparation, build, and occupation life-cycles. BIM construction models have been succesfully achieved in residential, commercial and industrial construction projects BIM in construction management.


Participants in the building process are constantly challenged to deliver successful projects despite tight budgets, limited manpower, accelerated schedules, and limited or conflicting information. The significant disciplines such as architectural and structural engineering designs should be well coordinated, as two things can’t take place at the same place and time. Building Information Modeling aids in collision detection at the initial stage, identifying the exact location of discrepancies. The BIM format also enables the integration and sharing of data between disciplines. Costs are far easier to control because the shared data between the designer (Architects), the cost engineers (Quantity Surveyors) and the builders (Project Managers) are common and translatable. To complete this integration it is advised that a CIM (Cost Information Model - see below) and project management plan are also completed.


The BIM concept can envisage virtual construction of a facility prior to its actual physical construction, in order to reduce uncertainty, improve safety, work out problems, and simulate and analyse potential impacts. Sub-contractors from every trade can input critical information into the model before beginning construction, with opportunities to pre-fabricate or pre-assemble some systems off-site. Waste can be minimised on-site and products delivered on a just-in-time basis rather than being stock-piled on-site.

Quantities and shared properties of materials can be extracted easily. Scopes of work can be isolated and defined. Systems, assemblies and sequences can be shown in a relative scale with the entire facility or group of facilities. BIM also prevents errors by enabling conflict or ‘clash detection’ whereby the computer model visually highlights to the team where parts of the building (e.g. structural frame and building services pipes or ducts) may wrongly intersect.

 

What Is CIM?

A lot of focus has been put into the parts of the BIM model that relate to the CAD and drawing aspects of a job. Behind this is the belief that the full benefit of a BIM model lies within the Cost Dimension. And that the effectiveness of the BIM model cannot be gauged without this dimension being active. It can be appreciated that a 3D model can help avoid clashes between contractors, by planning on site delivery through visually staging each part of a job. Losses made due to poor planning are avoidable and a certain partial saving can be made.
But we believe that the significant improvement in construction cost modelling actually occurs between the estimating and the project management disciplines, dimension 4 & 5 of the model. By creating the pricing data in a way that it is used by the Project Managers, the transparency between the disciplines produces a far more effective outcome. We call this the CIM model (Cost Information Model). This key component sits within the BIM model and form the esential hub between the components.


This requires the production of detail and moves away from the use of bulked rates. For example, rather than having a global rate of $18.50/m2 fitted for plasterboard, the Quantity Surveyor calculates the amount of plasterboard with hardware, labour, wastage and rounding up requirements. You cannot order half a unit (sheet) of plasterboard, glue or screws. And the labour time is definable. So if the costing data is groomed for usage by the project management team, a lot of time in organising the program is saved. And all accounting and back-costing functions become synchronous.

Further, if the Quantity Surveyor calculates 200 sheets of plasterboard with 400 man hours to fix the plasterboard, this information should flow through to produce the purchase orders, site deliveries and the Bill of Labour that the Project Manager uses.


The Bill of Labour will help the Project Manager assign the work. If he assigns 4 men to do the fitting, then that becomes 100 work hours in the program on a certain start date with a baseline and float also defined.
By using the costing data on the left side of the curve, to run the construction program on the right side, a significant advantage is attained. International examples are showing 20-30% time savings on some jobs.

 

 

Why Aren’t BIM & CIM Used More Often?


BIM and CIM require more upfront planning to achieve. And on larger projects early contractor involvement may incur upfront costs.
The cost of uniting the professionals at the early stages appears to be unecessary. However the benefits of this additional input far exceeds the costs.
BIM and CIM also offer an incredible amount of certainty as to deadline and cost management. In many cases the additional cost savings achieved with BIM management can help enhance the property value and the return on investment.

 

 

 

ASQS Quantity Surveyor Services

The brief on Quantity Surveying and what ASQS offer in value services to your next domestic, commercial, professional architectural build, and to all professionals in the industry. Here you will find out about how our services are an asset to your next projects.

What is a QS?

The quantity surveyor is the person responsible for figuring out just what a construction project is going to cost. They have other roles too, especially making sure that construction costs and production are managed as efficiently as possible. 

What the term ‘quantity surveyor’ means

Quantity surveyors have this title because they prepare a ‘schedule of quantities’ — estimates of the material and labour costs — that contractors’ tenders can be measured against. (However, contractors are not selected for cost alone.) The schedule is also called a cost estimate.

Other names for people employed with quantity surveying qualifications include:

  • Estimator
  • Cost engineer
  • Cost manager
  • Cost analyst
  • Project coordinator
  • Project cost controller and
  • Cost planner

Quantity surveyors’ main roles are:

ASQS offers builders, architects, engineers, contractors, home owners and developers the most comprehensive Multi-level QS Reporting Options available in New Zealand.

We can scale a report to the level that meets your budget. 
We have a great track record of carrying out projects for:

  • managing the finances for any kind of construction project, whether it’s a house, a high-rise, a bridge, or a tunnel
  • working to keep the project on time
  • working to keep the project within the budget
  • making sure that construction costs and production are managed as efficiently as possible
  • resolving disputes between contracting parties.
  • preparing insurance replacement estimates for all kinds of buildings, including houses

Before the project, the quantity surveyors calculate a budget based on their client's requirements. They prepare detailed estimates to ensure the budget is sufficient for each stage of construction.

Their main task is to find out what a construction project will cost, including materials, labour, and services.

Before construction starts:

Quantity surveyors can help with feasibility studies for a project. They can roughly estimate what’s involved in the project, based on measurements of the designer’s or client’s sketches.

The quantity surveyor studies the architects’ and engineers’ plans, identifies the costs involved, and then sets an overall estimated budget for the project. They may compare the project with others like it.

The quantity surveyor can then plan costs to help the design team stay within the project budget using practical solutions. This is called value engineering.

The final detailed estimate is prepared by the quantity surveyor, together with a project architect. This is the basis for evaluating tenders.

When construction starts, the quantity surveyor keeps costs on track:

Once the building starts, the quantity surveyor can provide cash flow data so the client can arrange the finances needed for each stage of the project.

The quantity surveyor can also assess cost effects when changes to the project occur, such as delays, and agree on ‘variation’ with contractors.

The quantity surveyor can provide a bank with a project report and help a client by preparing draw down certificates for money to be loaned by the bank. Resolving disputes between clients, designers and building contractors is another role in some projects.

When construction is over, the quantity surveyor adds up the total cost:

The quantity surveyor can prepare a statement of final account, which records the actual costs for all sections of the job.

-The above information comes from the New Zealand Institue of Quantity Surveyors.

The guide to all you need to know

This eBook ensures you understand the benefits of a Professional Quantity Surveyor, support services and the solutions that ASQS have to offer:

  1. You get everything you from a Professional QS frim, are entitled to & required from the industry
  2. How to get the cash you will need to repair or rebuild, or simply plan for a build of any form; commercial, domestic or temporary project

 

 

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Contact ASQS

Contact ASQS today, or simply fill out the contact form for a return call:

  • +64 3 281 7703
  • +6421 77 44 77
  • lester.bryant@asqs.co.nz