We are often asked “What does a quantity surveyor do? ” A surveyor will assess and document the world around us, helping create happier, safer and better towns and cities.
Surveyors can be needed anywhere where people are, they help design systems for transport, for regenerating deprived areas, for using environmentally friendly materials or assess buildings and land.
Surveyors work in three main areas, construction and infrastructure; property; and land.
Is a Quantity Surveyor the same as a Chartered Surveyor?
There are two main types of RICS qualification – Associate (AssocRICS) and Chartered (MRICS)
To qualify as an Associate or Chartered member, you will have to pass a series of assessments.
- Associate is the entry-level RICS qualification and offers the chance to progress to full chartered status
- Chartered is the most common way to qualify as most people already have surveying-related qualifications and work experience.
Chartered quantity surveyors are highly trained professionals offering expert advice on construction costs. They are essential for life cycle costing, cost planning, procurement and tendering, contract administration and commercial management. A Chartered Quantity Surveyor may be involved as a specialist in one area or generalise in several over the course of a project. They may also specialise in a particular areas such as residential or retail. Surveyors must pass an assessment to become a member of RICS and a chartered surveyor.
What are Land Surveyors?
Land Surveyors work with property owners to update boundary lines, prepare legal documents and prepare sites for construction projects. If you think you may need a land surveyor for your project, please get in touch and one of our qualified chartered surveyors can talk you through the options available