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5 trends in Quantity Surveying in 2017 to watch out for

CityscapeThe construction industry has always been cyclic, enjoying a boom for several consecutive years only to face a slump afterwards. Eventually, things pick up again. South Africa's last upward cycle ended around 2010 in step with the global economic crisis. Since then, quantity surveyors have been feeling the pinch. “Unfortunately, this trend looks set to continue into 2017,” says Larry Feinberg, Director at the Association for South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS).

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AMSA announces steel price increases

Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) announced that it would be increasing prices on flat- and long-steel products from December 1 – a move it attributed to market movements, rising input costs and the need to staunch losses at its Vanderbijlpark Works.

The group outlined the following increases for flat-steel products: a 10.2% increase on hot-rolled coil (HRC), 7% on plate, 9.8% for cold-rolled coil (CRC), 9.3% on galvanized steel and 4.3% for colour-coated steel.

The long steel increases announced included: 6.9% on reinforcing bar, including smooth and mining bar; 6.9% for wire rod, mesh bar, bolt, nut, grinding media and rounds; a 4.7% increase on rails; and a 5% increase on medium sections, including windows and fencing.

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© Engineering News

Quote of the week

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.

Oprah Winfrey 

SA Construction - 4th Edition 2016

Highlighting trends in the South African construction industry, the fourth edition in the PwC series was published at the end of last year.

Andries Rossouw, PwC Assurance Partner, says: “the tough economic conditions in 2016 did not spare the construction industry, with lower revenue, decreased spend on projects, and a long term industry settlement.

“However, there has been some improvement in companies’ performance as the year draws to an end, with signs of an increase in profitability and market performance.”

PwC’s fourth edition of ‘SA Construction, 2016’ highlights some of the trends in the South African construction industry. The study’s findings are based on the financial results of the leading construction companies listed on the JSE for financial year ends to June 2016.

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To download the publication please click here

The unintended consequences of discounting in the built environment

Opinion by Meggyn Marot, principal broker: professional risks at Aon South Africa

John Ruskin once said, “It's unwise to pay too much, but it's worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money - that's all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do.”

The unintended consequences of applying a free market economy principle to an emerging market landscape with high infrastructure demands, is that we begin to feed the wrong beast. Instead of encouraging quality builds that can stand the test of time and building a future, we fail to think long-term, and we encourage the cheapest and fastest options because we want results now, and we fail to plan. The irony is that it costs us more in the long run, not just in monetary terms, but the benefits of those projects that are lost to our country and our people.

Please click here to read the rest of this article that recently appeared in Leading Architecture & Design

And in a similar vein:

Price war placing pressure on proper design, warns Arup SA boss

South Africa’s struggling economy has increased the pressure on engineering firms to underbid on larger projects, says Arup Southern Africa leader Poya Rasekhi.

“In a fiercely competitive procurement environment, a high focus on pricing is forcing many developers, advisers and constructors to reduce upfront design costs. While this may help some to fulfil procurement expectations, it also greatly increases the undesired risk of cost overruns and delays.”

In an effort to highlight and communicate the knock-on effect of poor design, Rasekhi commissioned a study called ‘The Value of Good Design’.

The report shows that design spend at around 4% to 6% of project costs, as seen in the UK, for example, ensures that cost overruns owing to design are at about the same level – 6% of project costs.

However design spend at 2% to 4% of project costs, which is sometimes the case in India, for example, sees cost overruns owing to poor design run into anything from 20% to 55% of project costs.

Rasekhi says typical design fees in European Union infrastructure projects run between 3% and 5% of projects costs on road projects; 5% to 8% on water supply network costs; 10% to 15% on buildings of around 15 000 m2, and between 5% and 10% on energy projects.

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Joe Walden : 29 November 1934 to 7 January 2017

Joe WaldenJoe was born in Pretoria, the elder of two brothers.  He leaves his wife, Loes, two sons and two daughters.

Joe obtained a BSc(QS) degree (five year part time programme) from the University of Pretoria. He worked for Borckenhagen & Louw during his student years and joined the then newly established C P de Leeuw Group in 1958 as the manager of its Pietersburg (now Polokwane) office.

The couple moved to Cape Town in early 1962, where Joe, as a partner/director of the C P de Leeuw Group, established the quantity surveying practice of C P de Leeuw and Walden (later C P de Leeuw, Walden & Colussi)

Joe was well respected by clients, colleagues, other building environment consultants and especially by the personnel of the C P de Leeuw Group (now the De Leeuw Group).  He was a leader in his field of expertise but will also be remembered for his humanitarian and family values.  He retired from active quantity surveying in 2000

Take note of the New Construction BEE Codes

"I own a construction company which is heavily reliant on state tenders. I understand that new construction BEE codes are coming soon. I am worried about these new codes as the old construction codes had many provisions that my company found difficult to comply with. Will this be the case again? What should I be on the look-out for?"

The Draft Revised Construction Sector BEE Codes (“Draft Construction Codes”) were published for public comment on 28 October 2016 with the expectation that the final promulgated codes will be in place by early 2017. As with the Old Construction Codes, the Draft Construction Codes contains distinct provisions that construction companies need to be aware of for their future BEE verification. In what follows, we highlight some of the key provisions of the Draft Construction Codes:

1. Verification agencies will have to report to the Construction Sector Charter Council (CSCC):

Agencies that issue BEE certificates will be obliged to annually provide the scorecards of the companies they verified to the CSCC which will track the progress of compliance and report to the BEE Commissioner. 

2. Automatic levels:

Numerous unique provisions have been included for companies relying on automatic levels

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Year-end message from the ED

Dear Valued ASAQS Member,

It was an exciting year for the  ASAQS and we’ve undoubtedly made great headway in strengthening and promoting the QS profession. So, as 2016 draws to a close, it’s certainly appropriate to review and report on the current year and also to set our sights on what lies ahead.

2016 in retrospect

It’s been a busy year for ASAQS.

EduTech, our information and education arm have revamped, updated and released 7 technical documents, including The Standard System of Measuring Building Work. Additionally, they developed a” release road-map” coupled with CPD programmes delivered nationally to facilitate and assist our members with the transition to the new standards. Last year, we proudly opened the EduTech Training Centre at our head office in Midrand, and ran CPD courses and training for both members and QS candidates from our bespoke training premises throughout 2016. Thanks to Karl Trusler the ASAQS EduTech Director and the whole ASAQS team for their exceptional efforts in realising this vision. Please click here to read on..

Resources update

You will find the latest Calculation Guide for Typical Resources and Prices used in Small and Simple Buildings November 2016 - items based on the "Standard System of Measuring Building Work for Small or Simple Buildings 1999" in the Members Only CUG.

The latest Calculation Guide for Typical Resources and Prices used in Small and Simple Buildings November 2016 - items based on the "Guide to Measuring Builder's Quantities 1998"  is also available to all ASAQS members in the CUG.

These guides have been updated and provided to us free of charge by BillCost/Merkels and we wish to take this opportunity to thank them.

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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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