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2017-08-01 » 2017-08-02
ASAQS Annual Conference: AGILITY - Swift & Strong - 1 & 2 August 2017

The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors

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Quantity Surveyors, project managers, cost engineers or anybody interested in the construction industry and built environment should find really useful information on this large web site dedicated to the quantity surveying profession in South Africa. Our Events Calendar lists seminars and events for quantity surveyors, cost engineers, project managers and other role players in the construction industry. Visit our online store to purchase contracts, documents, apparel and software or take time out to catch up on the latest "News". Browse around... we hope you enjoy your stay! Welcome. We're glad you're here.


Solar paint that makes clean energy?

RMIT University in Melbourne announced on the 14th that researches at the university have created a revolutionary new solar paint that can be used to produce endless amounts of clean energy.

The paint contains a newly developed compound that absorbs moisture and then acts as a semi-conductor and catalyses the splitting of water atoms into hydrogen and oxygen.

As long as there is moisture in the air a painted wall can produce hydrogen. Hydrogen is the cleanest source of energy, creating only water vapour when it's burned. It can be used directly in fuel cells, or stored for later use. With the development of this paint, the promise of a 'hydrogen economy' might finally come true

Click here to find out more

The right road to termination

In the latest copy of the RICS Construction Journal David Falkenstern and Ilke Sahin offer advice on how to ensure contract termination is the last resort.

They say: ..."Manipulating the programme to show an artificially early completion date will likely lead to an inaccurate critical path, yet this is a common feature of construction disputes that exaggerates their scope. Therefore, clients should not pressure contractors to show no delay in their updates when delay is inevitable. Inaccurate programme updates will also cause erroneous project forecasting, including financial forecasting. Consequentially, this can exacerbate cash-flow problems for both contractors and clients and lead to further dispute."

They go on to make a case for proactive clauses that help limit the scope for dispute that may result in termination, such as:

  • defining the method of analysis to be used in an extension-of-time request made soon after the parties first become aware of the delay, and possibly an alternative method to be used after the completion of the affected works
  • ownership of programme float, the spare capacity built into the programme
  • how concurrency – that is, when two delays simultaneously affect the critical path – should be analysed.

We strongly urge you to read the full article by accessing the Construction Journal and then turning to page 15

We welcome Glass Rite as a sponsor

Glass Rite is a proudly South African company with branches in Pretoria and Cape Town and has been installing glass and aluminium doors and windows for almost 19 years.  Currently rated BEE Level 3 and a member of AAAMSA, SAGGA and The Master Building Association of the North.

Named Acquisition International's most innovative company in South Africa for 2016, Glass Rite specialises in the manufacture, supply and installation of quality glass and aluminium products for domestic & small business; large corporations & industrial projects. Recently completed projects include: Menlyn Park; Menlyn Maine; Newcastle Civic Centre; Mall of the South; Meadowdale Mall; Virgin Active - Sandton and the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit building.

The driving force behind the company is CEO Dr. LJP Roets, Business Worldwide Magazine's (BWM) Most Innovative CEO of the Year, South Africa for 2016. With a commitment to the values of integrity; professionalism; quality and reliability, Glass Rite aims to supply new and existing clients with only the best quality products, installations and service.  Future plans include an In-House Structural Facade & Engineering division.

We welcome Visual Direct as a sponsor

Visual Direct is part of the Glass Rite Group of companies supplying exceptional quality products, installations and service. The company is based in Pretoria, Gauteng and has been a business leader since 2005.  Glass Rite was named Acquisition International's most innovative company in South Africa 2016, specialising in quality glass and aluminium products. Both companies are guided by the vision of CEO Dr. LJP Roets, Business Worldwide Magazine's (BWM) Most Innovative CEO of the Year, South Africa - 2016.

Visual Direct specializes in manufacture, supply and installation of cladding; illuminated & 3d signs; vinyl & sandblasting; informational signs; vehicle branding; banners & billboards; graphic design; wall paper and CNC or laser cutting for domestic & small business as well as large corporations & industrial projects.

Recently completed projects include:
·              Keya Rona Mall - Aluminum cut out signage
·              Alex Mall - Fabricated Illuminated sign
·              JHI - Informational & Building signage
·              Kayalami Mall - Fabricated Bathroom signs
·              Southdowns College - Roll up Banners
·              Mall of the South - Informational signage

We welcome Bright Ceiling as a sponsor

Bright Ceiling

Bright Ceiling specialises in refreshing tiled commercial ceilings, so that they look fantastic again - whether they are dirty from airborne dirt, age, being re-positioned, or even water marks. Cleaning and recoating are at least 75% cheaper than replacing ceiling tiles. And as the tiles are treated in situ, they leave the entire ceiling refreshed - including grids and air diffusers. Bright Ceiling can schedule work overnight or at weekends, minimising disturbance. They work with all acoustic tiles and grid systems including vinyl, ceramic, and perforated metal.



Guidelines to the Construction Regulations now available

The guidelines to the construction regulations have just been published.

Both documents, the regulations as well as the guidelines are available under Acts and Legal in our free resources section.

Can we learn something from the Americans?
(...when it comes to the appointment of consultants by government)

"On April 23, 1987, shortly after the official opening of the new mega Sav-On Foods Store at Station Square in Burnaby, British Columbia, an area of the building roof-top parking lot of approximately 6400 square feet collapsed into the food store, injuring 20 people.

A Commissioner's Inquiry by the Canadian Government determined that one of the major factors that led to the ultimate collapse of the structure was the selection of the Structural Engineer on the basis of competitive bidding, with the structural design being done by lesser skilled staff of the Structural Engineer, and much of the detailing of the connections being done by the subcontractor of the steel erector.

In the Commissioner's Report, it was stated that:

"with tendering [bidding], relatively intense competition has driven fee levels down, and this has raised questions about the quality of professional services in this environment."

The Commissioner's Report went on to state that "bidding for Professional Services…caused a great deal of concern."

The report stated that one approach to correcting the situation was to "pressure the owner of the building to provide sufficient compensation to permit the Engineer to do the work properly."*

Kaye Henderson, former Florida Department of Transport Secretary wrote: "As Secretary, I inherited a system of selecting design professionals on the basis of competitive bidding. The results were uniformly negative. Price-based selections for design services don’t work. It didn’t work for the public, the agency administrators, contract managers or even office holders.

Why? Because once price is mentioned, it becomes the dominant and controlling factor throughout the remainder of the process: selection, design, construction, etc. Price suffocates decision-making and contract compliance. This old adage is true, “You get only what you pay for.”

Is there a place for discussion of price? Sure. After a selection has been made based on qualifications – “The best firm for this assignment, in this place, at this time.” Then and only then should price enter the dialogue".

Kaye Henderson wrote the above on hearing that consideration was being given to change Texas’ Qualifications Based Selection (Q.B.S.) process.

So what is QBS?

Click here to find out more...

The conflicted state of BIM in South Africa
© EE publishers

There’s a deep irony in what’s keeping building information modelling (BIM) adoption in limbo in South Africa: A technology meant to ease collaboration among stakeholders lacks the collaboration that is needed to realise it nationally.

A panel of experts in the construction sector and in quantity surveying set out to gauge the resistance to BIM in a recent panel discussion at the Digital Construction Expo which took place in Johannesburg in May 2017. While discussions centred on quantity surveyors, changing job roles and other challenges will resonate with various professionals in the BIM value chain, least not surveyors, who have also been hesitant to adopt it.

ASAQS’s Larry Feinberg added the need to recognise the issues that South Africa faces. “Most quantity surveying firms, or practices, are two or three-man for the most part. When we look at the cost of implementing BIM, we’re talking about major costs and being able to crunch massive amounts of data.

Click here to read the full report

Classification of natural materials as used in earthworks

Zero Group, our latest sponsor, has successfully completed numerous high profile bulk excavation and platform contracts across Gauteng and has gained extensive insight and experience on the various gravel types encountered and most commonly required in fill operations. The objective of this information sheet is to provide clarity regarding gravel material classification.

The classification of construction materials is a complicated field. In this article the classification of natural materials as used in earthworks will be discussed. The general classification is done in terms of a “G” notification, like G5, G6, G7, G8, G9 and G10. Generally a G5 and G6 type of material is classified as natural gravel and the G7 to G10 type of material as a gravel-soil. The lower the number (5 for example) the better quality material it is.

Click here to download the information sheet provided by Zero Azania

Have you missed something? Browse to the News section!

Think you may have missed something browse to our news section, it might still be there.

New courses added to GoLearning

In order to assist you we have added numerous new courses to GoLearning and will continue to add new courseware during the year.

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  Weekend Property & Construction News


In order to assist members to plan their diaries this year in terms of forthcoming congresses and conferences they may wish to attend, we publish the preliminary dates of some of these congresses for your attention:

Agility, Swift & Strong - ASAQS Conference
1&2 August 20917
Gallagher Conference Centre


What you get: :Banner adverts on the ASAQS website (over 1,000,000 hits/month on average!) A Mini-ad on the ASAQS website and on the Weekend Property and Construction News (over 5,300 subscribers) Preferential exposure of your products and services Targeted marketing at only R484.50 (inclusive) per month
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