(RP 3) A STUDY ON MEASUREMENT SOFTWARE BY QS AMONG MALAYSIAN QUANTITY SURVEYING FIRM.docx

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A STUDY ON MEASUREMENT SOFTWARE BY QS AMONG MALAYSIAN QUANTITY SURVEYING FIRM 1. INTRODUCTION Construction Industry is an industry involving various professions like an architect, engineer and one of the professions is Quantity Surveyors. According to Keng. T. C., et al (2015) state quantity surveyor as known as QS is a construction project consultant working in the construction industry. Surveyor is one of the professions which plays an important role in any construction development project. Basically, quantity surveyors are professionals working in the construction industry prioritize construction costs in terms of the type of material and also advise architects and engineers on the cost implications of their design, ensuring the clients’ interests are always safeguarded. There are some duties and responsibility of quantity surveying such as preparation of preliminary cost estimates and cost plans of the development project; advice on procurement, tendering and contractual procedures and arrangement; advice on cost estimates in relation to design development of project; preparation of the bill of quantities or specification document for tendering purposes; organise the call of tenders; and evaluation of tenders received in the form of tender reports. Davis et al (2009) in the construction industry, BQ is a document used in construction projects with complete descriptions of materials, workmanships including quality, and the quantities. In tendering document, the bills of quantities are designed primarily, but it also provides a valuable aid to the pricing of variation and computation of valuations for interim certificates (Keng. T. C., et al, 2015). There are various measurement software like Cost X, AutoCAD, Microsoft Excel and WinQS31 are available in the market for simplifying the work of the quantity surveyors. These software setups help in speeding up the traditional process and also have various other advantages like easy revisions, associated with them. 2. PROBLEM STATEMENT According to Keng. T. C., et al (2015) state the most problems of using measurement software in the preparation of BQ are high software installation cost, and many procedures to learn and remember. Firms that use measurement software would need to spend a high capital cost for the purchase of the software, and time consuming for staff to learn and remember the procedures before the software can be utilized efficiently. This is supported by data from Keng. T. C., et al (2015), from 15 respondents, the highest percent is 60% state the problem of using measurement software in BQ preparing is high software installation cost and the less percent is cause by the over-measurement and lack of flexibility which is 6.7%.
Table 1: Problem of using measurement software in BQ preparing.

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