Quantity Surveyor’s Pocket Book
Quantity Surveyor’s Pocket Book By Duncan Cartlidge
The quantity surveyor is a uniquely British profession, although during the
160 years or so since the fi rst quantity surveyor trod the planet they have man-
aged to convince other countries and construction industries that they are an
indispensable part of the development process.
Much maligned and often misunderstood quantity surveyors have
demonstrated an ability to shrug off the attempts to consign them to the past
and have instead reinvented themselves many times over. In 2008, the UK gov-
ernment took the step of lifting immigration restrictions on non-UK quantity
surveyors as the demand for their skills outstripped supply by almost 5:1.
I have in the past written books that concentrate on the new and emerging
skills that quantity surveyors are now being required to provide for ever more
demanding clients. And yet under the headline services of value management,
risk management, the Private Finance Initiative, etc., there is still a great need
for the quantity surveyor to be able to provide traditional quantity surveying
services. Therefore, this pocket book concentrates on traditional quantity sur-
veyor skills, still so much in demand by clients and contractors alike, but which
have, during the past 20 years or so, not had the emphasis in training and
education that perhaps they warrant.