Construction focus

Written by: RICS Recruit
Published on: 17 Nov 2015

Whether you’re interested in designing and managing buildings, delivering development projects or cost and commercial management there are plenty of opportunities in the construction sector.

Quantity surveying

A key area in the construction industry is quantity surveying. If you’re looking for a career that combines a good commercial awareness and first class management skills then welcome to the world of a chartered quantity surveyor.

As cost consultants and project procurement specialists, the QS’s working life covers everything from cost and contract management to advising on procurement and financial implications of a project. QS’s are involved from the project design to the completed project and settle financial and contractual disputes. Quantity surveyors understand the economics of construction market trends and the influences of the sector on a local and global scale. Wherever construction work is taking place there will be a need for financial control. Quantity surveyors meet this need. ‘New technologies, such as Building Information Modelling (BIM), are changing surveying and bringing new exciting opportunities to the profession’ says Alan Muse FRICS, RICS Global Director of Built Environment Professional Groups.

Building surveying

Building surveyors work on the design and development of buildings as well as the restoration and maintenance of existing ones. This is a diverse field and can include providing advice on various aspects of buildings at different stages.

Building surveyors could work on the design of large, multimillion-pound structures to modest adaptations and repairs, and occasionally work on buildings of architectural or historic importance. They also may be called upon to give evidence in court in cases where building regulations have been breached and as expert witnesses on building defects and dilapidations.

Building control

Now more than ever, building control is acknowledged as a vital part of the construction team, the chartered building control surveyor being a well-respected figure within the industry. These days building control is a common global feature. In virtually all parts of the world there are building codes to which the construction industry must adhere. Specialist situations, such as licensing and safety at sports grounds, are an additional consideration.

Project management

Engaged by clients to link the supply chain together which often includes engaging surveyors from other disciplines.

After all, it’s the project managers who effectively control projects in the land, property and construction industries. They co-ordinate the whole development process to maximise efficiency, economy and communication and ensure that with their guidance the project is successfully completed. Project management is a demanding discipline that requires a broad range of knowledge, which extends from technical expertise to the vitally important soft skills of leadership, negotiating, team building and communication.

Built Infrastructure

Project and cost management of infrastructure schemes require specialist, global skills to ensure delivery within budget and on programme. From analysing the brief, stakeholder engagement and understanding project finance, through cost planning, procurement, project controls and asset management, the built infrastructure surveyor manages the whole project life cycle. As well as optimising the business case, these surveyors implement management controls to accommodate financial and time change.

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