Quantity surveyors need to embrace change and the technology it brings with it.

This was the message at the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) conference held in Midrand earlier this month.

The theme of the conference, Agility, Swift and Strong, aimed to embrace the winds of change to better decide whether you should build walls or windmills. All the speakers said changes in the technological, economic and political landscape need to be embraced by the quantity surveying profession.

Larry Feinberg, Executive Director of the ASAQS said over the past three years the association has been incrementally growing the value proposition of the ASAQS annual flagship Conference.

“Certainly not in the last three decades has it been more important for practicing quantity surveyors to understand and embrace the ever changing technological and political landscape and become adaptable and agile in using these new powerful tools to their own advantage,” he said. At the ASAQS annual flagship Conference numerous tools were discussed.

One of the highlights at the Conference was a presentation by Craig Howie from AECOM on Building Information Management (BIM) and how this new technology is creating new potential opportunities.

“In the near future clients and other practicing professionals within the built environment will most likely increasingly require the professional team to employ BIM and pass on the savings that this platform can generate when used on large construction projects,” said Feinberg.

Commenting on a presentation on sustainability by Rudolf Pienaar, Feinberg said, “Green building and sustainability are no longer just catch phrases for the privileged few that strive to reduce carbon emissions. The word sustainability in the public domain is fast becoming synonymous with cost and energy savings and I am by no means alone when I say that I can see a much larger role for quantity surveyors to play in advising their clients of potential long term savings.”

Dr Ron Watermeyer discussed government’s Standard for an Infrastructure Delivery Management system (SIPDM), how the processes work, how target contracts can be utilised and how this has benefited projects he’s been involved with.

The ASAQS thanked the over 230 delegates for their contribution and reiterated that the quantity surveying profession is going from strength to strength.