The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS)
Quantity Surveyors/Construction Cost Consultants
Quantity Surveyors (QS) now encompass a range of professionals concerned with the management, estimating and planning of construction/building costs. These include construction cost consultants, construction cost managers, estimators, construction economists, building economists, cost planners, facility managers and project managers.
The members work in the resources and infrastructure industries as well as the construction/building industry. Basically, QS provide professional consultancy services for anyone involved in or entering the construction or building field. They may act for owners, principals or contractors.
Their work includes all aspects of the construction cost cycle, including outdoor design. A new service now available to QS clients is the evaluation of sustainable development cost options.
The Institute (AIQS)
The AIQS is the regulatory body in Australia for QS and as such, it publishes standards, practice notes, text books and journals on all aspects of construction cost management. It also establishes competency standards for the QS profession and requires all members to observe a strict code of professional conduct. This includes the possession of appropriate levels of professional indemnity insurance and continuing professional development.
The first QS Institute was established in 1908 in NSW and the modern AIQS was incorporated in 1971. The AIQS is a national body with an international reputation and some one third of its members work overseas. Full or corporate (Associate – AAIQS) membership of the AIQS is usually obtained by graduating from an AIQS accredited degree course, completing two years of supervised probationary work experience and passing an Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) panel interview.
Fellows of the AIQS (FAIQS) and Life Fellows (LFAIQS) represent the most senior and experienced level of corporate membership. Those practising QS without appropriate tertiary qualifications may be admitted as Technician or Affiliate Members of the AIQS, and, after certain age and experience requirements may later be admitted to corporate membership, after passing the APC.
The QS may provide some or all of the following services:
• Asset Management
• Compliance analysis
• Contract management
• Cost planning and management
• Due diligence assessments
• Feasibility studies
• Insurance replacement estimates
• Operations audits
• Project/construction management
• Risk management
• Tax depreciation schedules
• Tender Documentation/Bills of Quantities
• Value Management
• Evaluation of sustainable development
• Expert Witness
Assistance from the AIQS
The AIQS National Office is able to provide a range of information services and advice for anyone seeking to use the services of a quantity surveyor. It also has a number of useful publications available for purchase, including the Current Construction Cost Guide and Building Index. The Institutes website is also a useful source of information.