Quantity surveyors to gain traction in August

11 July 2018 | Web Article Number: ME201810740

Construction, Civil & Structural Engineering
Consulting Engineers & Project Management
Property – Commercial & Industrial

THE Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) will host its fourth annual conference on 2 August 2018 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand.

This year’s conference theme is traction, which aims to demonstrate the ASAQS’ determination as a profession to not only hold its ground but to gain ground as an authority in the built environment.

“This year’s theme emphasises growth, actioned by progress that is both forward and upward moving. This is a route that the quantity surveying profession in South Africa is being encouraged to take. It taps into how we are making progress as a profession and how we can capitalise on new opportunities in the local built environment,” said Karl Trusler, EduTech Director of the ASAQS.

This year’s conference also marks the first time that the BIM Living Spaces 5D BIM Estimating Competition will be held at the event. From leveraging historical data and working with models, to keeping costs in sync with design iterations, the Living Spaces 5D BIM Estimating Competition 2018 will reveal how to adopt the latest tools and classifications in an estimating environment.

“The Living Spaces 5D BIM Estimating Competition offers estimators the opportunity to show off their skills and value with the latest take-off, estimation tools on the market,” said Vaughan Harris of the BIM Institute.

“Besides the great prizes that can be won, participants can use this opportunity to explore the latest electronic take-off software tools available in a non-threatening but structured, outcomes-based environment. The BIM Institute has developed this competition to encourage the learning, testing and exploring of these digital tools and processes to help estimators uncover new applications while understanding the importance of classifying elements in a 3D Model.”

The winner of the competition will receive a R10 000 cash prize courtesy of Interbuild Africa, plus a free BIM 4 Professionals course worth R 6,500.00 courtesy of the BIM Institute. The runner up will receive a one-year free WinQS licence worth R 12 650.00 courtesy of ACE Computing Solutions, plus a free BIM online course worth R1 950.00 courtesy of the BIM Institute.

“The importance of a competition like this, helps estimators understand coding and classifications on BIM projects. From the competition entrees, we are hoping to see a new era of estimators unfold in our industry, while also showing that quantities can be measured and produced in a manner which can assist all parties in the cost control and operations of future building projects,” added Harris.

The competition was launched on 9 July 2018. Competition criteria are available at www.biminstitute.org.za/5d-bim-estimating-competition/. Entry to the competition is free of charge and the competition deadline for submissions is 23 July 2018. Winners of the competition will be announced at the ASAQS conference where the presentations of the finalists will also be displayed at the event.

Overall attendance to the annual ASAQS conference is limited to 200 persons and early bird registrations close on 11 July 2018. More information and online registration is available at http://www.asaqs.co.za/events/...

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