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    How Quantity Surveying has adapted over time

    The history of quantity surveying dates back further than you may think, with professional origins tracing back hundreds of years. The occupation can be traced all the way back to the 17th century during the restoration of London after the Great Fire. Since then, the role of the quantity surveyor has seen many changes, with the modern information age presenting new challenges and opportunities for those in the role. We discuss how quantity surveying has evolved into the growing profession it is today.

    Quantity Surveyors are a crucial piece of the project puzzle. Overtime as the construction industry has evolved and so has the role of a Quantity Surveyor. However the core basis of their role, to ensure the finished product matches up with original design plans and cost projections, has not changed even though it faces pressure from reduced budgets and restrictions.

    Green Building

    Sustainable building and the use of renewable resources are a new avenue Quantity Surveyors are being pushed to explore and develop. New roles are emerging in areas such as renewable energy, low carbon technologies and energy management. This new area named ‘Green Building’ is likely to build up traction within the construction industry so surveyors who can position themselves as advisors and experts may just be the ones who are most in demand.

    Technology Advancements

    As with every sector, technology advancements have seen the Quantity Surveyor role adapt and develop over the years. New technology and software is constantly introduced into the market with the aim to improve the efficiency and accuracy of projects and plans. As the role of a Quantity Surveyor evolves applications, such as Masterbill and Buildsoft, are still widely used, but newer processes such as BIM and SAP are becoming commonplace throughout the industry.


    The frontrunner of software used by Quantity Surveyors is BIM. Its key benefit which is widely recognised by Quantity Surveyors is its ability the automate measurements. Improving the speed, efficiency and accuracy of their projects. This increase in in key skills are made simpler due to BIM’s ability to link cost information and quantities for business models. Those who are able to adapt and embrace the new digital age are likely to succeed and have a successful career.

    Overall, The multi-pronged role of the quantity surveyor in the future will likely include ways to improve the overall construction process. Their ability to adapt within the industry but still practice the key lesson taught will show to show clients looking for roles.

    Growing Skills

    At Cavendish Professionals we look for industry leading clients and candidates who can adapt within their sector and embrace changes. Skills which are the fastest among the many QS professionals are seen as Scheme, Tender, Contract Documentation and APC which has seen a 50% growth this year. If you are interested in discussing any Construction and Engineering roles available or any hiring requirements, please contact us today.