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|Title:||How a quantity surveyor can ease cost management at the design stage using a building product model|
|Author(s):||Wilfred M. Matipa, (Department of Built and Natural Environment, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK), Denis Kelliher, (Informatics Research Unit in Sustainable Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, National University of Ireland Cork, Cork, Ireland), Marcus Keane, (Informatics Research Unit in Sustainable Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, National University of Ireland Cork, Cork, Ireland)|
|Citation:||Wilfred M. Matipa, Denis Kelliher, Marcus Keane, (2008) "How a quantity surveyor can ease cost management at the design stage using a building product model", Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management, Vol. 8 Iss: 3, pp.164 - 181|
|Keywords:||Budgetary control, Construction industry, Modelling, Open systems, Quantity surveying, Sustainable design|
|Article type:||Case study|
|DOI:||10.1108/14714170810888949 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The role of the professional quantity surveyor is to provide information with regard to the initial and future costs so that sound financial factors –
Design/methodology/approach – The paper comprises a case study of the Environmental Research Institute project and a questionnaire survey of quantity surveying business in Ireland.
Findings – Quantity surveying still encounters serious data compatibility problems in integrated teams because most software available on the market run proprietary file formats. It is concluded that there is a huge business potential for quantity surveying to facilitate designing to a budget within integrated teams, and that software interoperability could have a negative impact on professional fee structures, which could trigger more robust appraisal strategies for building products if quantity surveying is to maintain a leading role in providing cost management services to the construction industry.
Research limitations/implications – Some case study data could not be made public.
Practical implications – Quantity surveyors might be encouraged to be innovative when using computerised systems that could produce better cost models; hence meet the demand for VfM throughout sustainable building development.
Originality/value – The paper provides valuable information to built environment stakeholders working in integrated teams so as to optimise whole life resources expendable on a constructed facility.
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