Here is what everyone must know about Quantity Surveying

#1. Ultimately you have to Create Profits

That is exactly the job you have to do as a quantity surveyor. The estimate and surveys you make should be precise in nature and the implementation should be close to your survey. Any mismatch between the both can prove to be costly for the stakeholder involved.

Doing a brief analysis and keeping your eyes wide open for every small detail increases the preciseness in your work. This makes the survey much more perfect and precise. Chances of mistakes are less and that makes the project implementation successful.

You certainly can’t make big mistakes where lots of investment is involved since quantity surveying is the key to the success of any infra project and you are at the center of the whole show. Mistakes can be costly for your future prospects.

#2. Learning the Game and Determining your Place:

It is necessary that you learn the art of this profession very well. Lots of study and experience make one perfect. Observing things from the close quarters and with a learning attitude makes your thoughts clear.

Learning the game in quantity surveying also means knowing the true worth of your profession and the aspects that are involved in it. There are lots of things that are at a stake in an infra project. Knowing these minute details and their impact helps you in taking decisions and sometimes bold decisions. Risk management is one such aspect.

Know your place well in this profession. What is your role and how do your decisions impact the project directly and indirectly. It helps you in making decisions and taking risks. Your requirement for different companies and projects can be of different nature.

Therefore you must always know your role before you proceed. It helps you in rendering advice and carrying out your profession well.

#3. Setting up your System Professionally:

To be an efficient and professional Surveyor you need to be working in a very professional and disciplined way. It requires a working culture that is inspired by hard work, devotion in work, being excellent in your work, and research involved.

Deep research and analysis require high standards of ethics and hard work. These qualities come from discipline and have passion for your profession.

Correct and efficient use of technology is another such aspect that helps you in setting up your system properly. Usage of software in your analysis, data gathering, putting all such information in a sequence to generate results, data mining, and structuring make your surveying unique and precise.

Always work in a professional manner without trying shortcuts as it helps you in improving yourself and bettering your survey estimates.

#4. Producing Precise Project Valuation:

The training that has been imparted to you matters a lot in your project estimation. Proper and standard training helps you in setting up your system in a professional and standard way. Usage of technology and various new methods of analysis comes from continuous research and experience.

Thus these things help in determining the precise project valuation and rendering correct advice to your client. Improving yourself every time and learning from mistakes is essential in producing precise project valuation.

Research-oriented approach, brief analysis, going into minute details are some traits of a professional surveyor. It comes from constant practice, perseverance, hard work and determination. There is no shortcut here.

#5. The Life Cycle of a Project:

The life cycle of a project has basically three stages. The first stage is the startup phase where you take the initial step in shaping up your project. The second step is the intermediate phase or the middle phase where you accelerate the steps taken in the first phase.

The last one is the final phase where you draw conclusions for the steps you took in your intermediate phase. You need to know when to use what and whom in order to achieve your target.

For every phase, you will be setting up targets and goals which you aim to deliver on. Each step is connected to the other immediate step and therefore the success of one depends on the other and so is the failure.

Therefore a good sync between all the steps and their proper execution is the key to success. Breaking down each step in deliverable goals makes it easier to plan and execute. This requires proper research and execution.

#6. Mistakes and Learnings from Mistakes:

Precise estimation and execution of projects is a tedious task where things depend on research putting them into correct perspective and then executing them as per plan. Many times incorrect compilation can have an adverse impact on plans and execution.

There are many things that depend on intuition and prediction. You take risks based on this. Though the ground for such prediction is your assessment for each project yet there are chances that these predictions can go wrong.

Making mistakes can be costly but not learning from them is costlier. Thus learning from mistakes is necessary. Analyze each of your plans and the steps you have taken. Look at the rate of your success.

Even when you have done well there is always a scope of improvement. Constant learning is the key to professional excellence in this field.

#7. Communication is the Way Ahead:

Since the profession you are into is mostly teamwork where different people collaborate together to execute a common plan, there is a requirement of communication skills. The clarity in your communication makes understanding of situations better.

You are the estimate maker while someone else will be managing the execution, someone would be funding the project while someone will be doing the groundwork. There needs to be synergy and proper communication between each of them.

Communication is not just making your words clear to others but it is also having convinced the other party that what you are saying is executable. There should be understanding and confidence among each one of you.

Good communication increases trust among the members and which is the key to the successful execution of a plan.

#8. Managing Human Resource and Valuing the Contribution of others:

As said above, you would be working with different people from different fields and backgrounds who have different tasks to accomplish. All of you have one common objective but different ways and jobs.

You should know how to make use of the potential that each member brings in who is working with you. The effective use of one’s skills brings much more efficiency in the performance. Chances of failure are low and perfection level is high.

Thus having a positive outlook towards your peers and people with whom you have to work makes things better for you. Your success and failure depend on teamwork. Even if you have made correct estimates if the execution goes wrong even then you have to take a share of the failure or blame.


Quantity Surveying is therefore an essential feature of civil engineering and construction of infra projects. Based on the structure of each company and based on the requirements of clients, the role of a quantity surveyor changes.

Nonetheless, one has to mostly work with various people of different fields with different jobs and roles but for a common goal, therefore, the responsibility is huge and a balance needs to be maintained.

Lastly, your success depends on the efforts of others who are involved in the project and so is the failure. One mistake from you can vitiate the project despite the hard work put by others and similarly, someone else’s failure will cast blame on you since each of you is intermingled.