Global Construction Measurement Standards for Quantity Surveying/Cost Engineering

Tshwane University of Technology
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Conference Proceeding
7th Annual Quantity Surveying Research Conference Proceedings, 2014, pp. ? - ? (10)
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Purpose of this paper This paper examines the issues surrounding the lack of global measurement standards in the professional fields of Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering and explores strategies that the profession could pursue to address these issues. Design/methodology/approach The paper commences with an analysis of global standards generally and then analyses the major regional differences in competency standards, education and certification for the profession. The research method underpinning this study comprises a literature review and discussions with representatives of professional associations in the Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering fields. This is complimented by an analysis of the recent development of a global measurement standard in the property/real estate field to evaluate the suitability of this model/approach for the development of a measurement standard for the construction industry. Findings The research results reveal considerable differences in practices, standards and registration/certification requirements despite the fact that the fundamental principles and procedures of project cost management practice are the same throughout the world. The paper identifies the need for a single global identity for the profession and recommends the development of a global construction measurement standard as a starting point. Research limitations/implications The scope of research for this paper is limited to professional standards relating to professional competence and measurement in particular. Further research into the development of global standards in other specific Quantity Surveying/Cost Engineering fields would complement this study. What is original/value of paper. This paper contributes a new strategy for the profession to develop a global construction measurement standard. This has potential global implications for the profession.
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