The History of Quantity Surveying and Emergence of the Profession

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The History of Quantity Surveying and Emergence of the Profession

Quantity surveying is closely linked to the planning and then the completing of construction projects. In many respects people have been performing the roles and functions of the quantity surveyor long before the job title itself existed. To a large extent the title of quantity surveyor can be dated back to the 19th century when the government started to pay more attention to how buildings were planned and then actually constructed. This extra attention to planning was connected to the efforts to improve public health after epidemics like cholera, the expansion of state funded education, and the earliest attempts to have better health and safety features at places of work. Quantity surveyors were required to make this change a smooth transition.


In many ways it is a surprise that quantity surveyors were not used earlier and in greater numbers. Well carried out quantity surveying can improve the cost effectiveness of both home improvement projects, and building projects. To a large extent quantity surveying and project management are interlinked in the modern day construction industry as well as in the highly popular home improvement sector. In whatever capacity a quantity surveyor is employed their job will always entail promoting the most efficient use of resources, they are the people that turn the architects’ designs into reality, and getting all the supplies that the builders and other contractors need to get the job done on time and within budget.


The role of a Quantity Surveyor is fundamental in terms of ensuring a timely and cost effective completion of construction and home improvement projects. Without a fully qualified and properly trained quantity surveyor home improvement plans and building projects stand a much greater risk of going wrong, and costs spiralling out of control.


To become quantity surveyors people have to hold the relevant qualifications, namely a degree in quantity surveying, and then to register with the institute of chartered surveyors. People holding these qualifications and professional membership will be fully capable of fulfilling quantity surveying and project management tasks effectively.