SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE PRACTICE:
Technical and Professional Services:
The certified Quantity Surveyor is traditionally the economist of the building or civil engineering team, often known as a construction cost consultant. As the recognized cost manager on construction projects of any scale, he is an important member of the consultant team working in conjunction with architects, engineers and other members of the construction team.
His fundamental and vital roles are to project the total capital requirements; obtain value for money for the client within the construction Project; monitor expenditure during construction, and ensure a financially satisfactory conclusion.
SCOPE OF SERVICES
- Feasibility Studies: Provide initial cost advice prior to commencement of design, cost implications of design and construction alternative.
- Cost Planning and Control including preparation of elemental budget estimates and checking and advice on design proposals.
- Advice on Contractual procedure and pre-qualification of contractors.
- Preparation of Contract Documents including advising on conditions of contract and preparation of bills of quantities and schedules of rates or materials.
- Evaluation and analysis of Tenders and advice on selection of sub-contractors.
- Evaluation of Variations during the contract period and preparation of variation reports.
- Preparation of Interim Valuations and measurements of work in progress, examination and verification of contractor’s invoices and claims and making recommedations for payment.
- Measurement, calculation and negotiation of final account including the resolution of disputed items and claims.
- Preparation of Audit Cost Investigations and the provision of arbitration services in the settlement of construction disputes.
- Preparation of Fire Insurance Valuations and assessment related to current local reinstatement costs.
Preparation of tender and contract documents and contract administration for international projects requires a sound knowledge of the traditional design and contracting methods existing in the home countries of designers and contractors as well as a detailed working knowledge of laws, regulations and customs in the country where the project is to be developed.
Through our worldwide network of associated offices with international experience the practice is uniquely qualified in these respects.
In some areas of operation, local language and law with prevail even for international contractors. Our practice can offer a comprehensive documentation service in English and Arabic Languages.
Despite the best intentions of the Parties to building contracts, there is frequently requirement for the settlement of disputes. The Arab Surveyors (aqs) in Jordan and their associated offices in the Middle East have enabled them to provide claims consultancy service with professionally aggressive and experienced surveyors to a number of clients, Contractors, and Sub-Contractors.
This experience will lead Clients to seek The Arab Surveyors’s (aqs) advice in the drafting of construction contracts often requiring the practice to work alongside the Clients’ own legal advisers.
When a dispute arises it is in the interest of both the Employer and the Contractor to come to a prompt resolution, which is mutually acceptable. If a decision is taken arbitrarily by either party or is deferred unreasonably, greater disharmony will result and consequently co-operation diminishes, delays build and costs increase.
The Arab Surveyors (aqs) provides a Project Management Service embracing Architectural, Engineering and Quantity Surveying disciplines.
The Arab Surveyors (aqs) is experienced in providing Clients with the following additional services:
- Technical Audits
- Replacement Value Assessment for Insurance
- Bid Reviews
- Materials scheduling and procurement
- Cost data research
- Recruitment of technical staff
- Pricing of bid documents
- Translation of documentation
- Financial assessment of competition entries
QUANTITY SURVEYING SERVICES
I. DESIGN STAGE
A. COST ESTIMATE
1. Schematic Design Phase:
From the approved schematic design concept we can initiate and develop a statement of probable construction cost based upon current rates, whereby the client budget is allocated to the various elements of the intended project and used throughout the design stage.
This could be achieved by the ‘superficial’ method i.e. gross floor areas, giving consideration to the general conditions, quantity and quality parameters.
2. Design Development Phase:
Prepare a statement of probable construction cost, detailing the cost target of the elements of the buildings and external works together with the quantity and quality parameters in order to achieve the following objectives:
Recommendations for revision to the approved budget estimate, if necessary.
To set out the distribution of resources described by the design scheme.
To set out cost targets for all elements so that as the design develops, the targets are checked and adjustment made in order that the overall cost of the price is controlled within the budget.
To provide the design team with a control document which describes in detail, the costs, quantity, and quality parameters which have been adopted.
3. Detailed Design Phase:
We shall prepare a further detailed cost estimate based upon the Bill of Quantities (if available) or approximate quantities.
B. PREPARATION OF TENDER DOCUMENTS
Prepare tender and contract documents for tendering purposes, based on the methods of measurement appropriate for contracts in Jordan.
Instructions to Tenderers
Form of Tender and Appendices
Conditions of Contract
Form of Agreement
Specifications of Civil and architectural works
Bills of Quantities, methods of measurement, preliminaries, and schedules of rates for Civil, architectural, and Electro-mechanical works
1.Instructions to Tenderers:
We shall prepare draft sections relating to Instructions to Tenderers, Form of Tender and Appendices and Form of Agreement, and submit these to the Client for review, discussion, and approval.
2. Conditions of Contract:
We shall draft a set of Conditions of Contract based on the latest edition of FIDIC or other required form of contract and shall submit these to the Client for review, discussion, and approval.
We shall prepare, and discuss with the Architect/Engineer technical specifications for architectural, structural, and Civil works all in liaison with the Client. It is understood that this work by the Quantity Surveyor on the specifications is intended by way of assistance only to the Architect/Engineer on the availability of materials produced locally.
The responsibility for the specifications to be incorporated in the Tender Documents rests ultimately with the Architect/Engineer.
4. Schedule of Rates:
We shall prepare from design drawings detailed bill of quantities with preliminaries and Day works section for the whole of the works consisting of Architectural, Structural, External, and Electromechanical works.
C. ADDITIONAL SERVICES
The following are additional services offered by this office:
1.Selection of contractors:
Select a list of building Contractors to the approval of the Client and obtain all relevant information regarding themselves as to their suitability and ability to undertake successfully the project.
The following information should be collected:
Structure and organization.
Statement of financial capability.
Details of Joint Ventures.
Resources: Personnel, Plant, Project completed, Projects in hand
Any other additional information necessary
2. Invite Tenderers
Provide the selected short list of Tenderers with the Tender Document for pricing.
3. Bid Evaluation and recommendation of the successful Bid:
Opening of tenders and subsequent analysis of tenders and produce a tender report for the Client with recommendations to include:
– Pricing strategy and consistency
– Arithmetical checks
– Analysis of mistakes
– Pricing levels
– Study and advice on matters, which could raise possible dispute on future.
4. Final Negotiations Contract Award
II. POST CONTRACT STAGE
Services provided to both employers and contractors include:
Advise to the Client on all Contractual and financial matters.
Checking all monthly payment certificates submitted by the Contractor and make recommendations to the Client for payment.
Evaluation of variations and advice on possible heads of claims.
Preparation of periodic financial appraisals on the status of the project.
Calculation, Preparation and negotiation of Final Account, including the settlement of any contentious item and disputes.