International Construction Measurement Standards - A Global First

Central Queensland University (CQU)
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Conference Proceeding
Proceeding of 40th Australasian Universities Building Education Association Conference, 2016, pp. 917 - 926
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This paper examines the lack of global measurement standards in the construction industry and highlights the problems that this creates in the global sphere. Measurement is a fundamental activity for contractors, project cost management consultants (quantity surveyors/cost engineers/construction economists), project managers and a wide range of other professionals in the industry. Whilst a wide variety of national and regional methods of measurement have been developed around the world there is currently no over-arching international method of measurement. The paper commences with an analysis of global standards generally and the various methods of measurement that have been developed around the world. It then explores the issues and problems associated with the lack of a global measurement standard. The research method underpinning this study comprises a literature review, interviews and discussions with Quantity Surveying/Cost Engineering professional associations and a case example of a global measurement standard in the property/real estate field. The paper then introduces an initiative to address the identified problems through the development of a global measurement standard for the construction industry. The approach used to develop this standard is described and the potential benefits of the standard are articulated. The main findings of the paper are that whilst the development of an international measurement standard faces many barriers, early indications are that the standard currently being developed will be successful and will have the spin-off benefit of helping to provide a global identity for the profession. The paper contributes a new innovative strategy for the development of a standard for one of the most fundamental of all construction activities – measurement.
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