The involvement of the Quantity Surveyor in improving the cost management of mechanical and electrical services.
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Demographics
(The information provided in Section A is for statistical purposes only)
Please indicate your age category
Please indicate your current job specification:
Please mark your current qualification(s). You may tick more than one option.
How long have you been working within your current profession?
Please indicate the types of construction projects your firm is primarily involved with. You may tick more than one option.
Please indicate the percentage of work done for client types:
Private clients
Government clients
Quantity Surveying and Mechanical and Electrical engineering skills, competencies and services
Please answer the following questions based on your involvement in mechanical and electrical services. Please indicate to what extent you agree with the following statements. (1-strongly disagree; 2-disagree; 3-neutral; 4-agree; 5-strongly agree; U-unsure)
The work that I do require the use of the following tools:
Unsure
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Neutral
Agree
Strongly agree
Architectural design
Conceptual & technical analysis
Measurement of building works
Measurement of mechanical engineering services
Measurement of electrical engineering services
Estimating of mechanical engineering services
Estimating of electrical engineering services
Cost budgeting
Financial management 
The work that I do requires the following skills and competencies:
Column 1
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Neutral
Agree
Strongly agree
Design of mechanical engineering services
Design of electrical engineering services
Measurement of mechanical engineering services
Measurement of electrical engineering services
Estimating of mechanical engineering services
Estimating of electrical engineering services
Financial management of building engineering services
Procurement of building works
Consultancy services
Which of the following competencies did you obtain in the workplace, i.e. not at a tertiary institution?
Unsure
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Neutral
Agree
Strongly agree
Design of mechanical engineering services
Design of electrical engineering services
Measurement of mechanical engineering services
Measurement of electrical engineering services
Estimating of mechanical engineering services
Estimating of electrical engineering services
Financial management of building engineering services
Procurement of building works
Knowledge of different procurement methods
Which of the following competencies did you obtain at institutional level?
Unsure
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Neutral
Agree
Strongly agree
Procurement of mechanical engineering services
Procurement of electrical engineering services
Measurement of mechanical engineering services
Measurement of electrical engineering services
Estimating of mechanical engineering services
Estimating of electrical engineering services
Financial management of building engineering services
Knowledge of different procurement methods
Technical knowledge & understanding of engineering services in buildings
Consultancy services
Please indicate to what extent you agree that the consultants are competent to provide the following services. (1-strongly disagree; 2-disagree; 3-neutral; 4-agree; 5-strongly agree; U-unsure)
Quantity Surveyors:
Unsure
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Neutral
Agree
Strongly agree
Measuring building works
Measuring mechanical engineering services
Measuring electrical engineering services
Estimating building works
Estimating mechanical engineering services
Estimating electrical engineering services
Assisting in the procurement of engineering services
Designing mechanical engineering services
Designing electrical engineering services
Providing consultancy services relating to engineering services
Mechanical and Electrical engineers:
Unsure
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Neutral
Agree
Strongly agree
Measuring building works
Measuring mechanical engineering services
Measuring electrical engineering services
Estimating building works
Estimating mechanical engineering services
Estimating electrical engineering services
Assisting in the procurement of engineering services
Designing mechanical engineering services
Designing electrical engineering services
Providing consultancy services relating to engineering services
Please indicate to what extent you agree with the following statements. (1-strongly disagree; 2-disagree; 3-neutral; 4-agree; 5-strongly agree; U-unsure)
Estimates and cost advice of mechanical and electrical engineering services is given by Engineers because:
Unsure
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Neutral
Agree
Strongly agree
Mechanical and Electrical engineering services is best understood by Engineers
Cost information provided by Engineers is more accurate
Methods used by Engineers is more effective
Quantity Surveyors lack the knowledge and expert
Quantity Surveyors usually do not want to undertake the work because of its complexity
Methods used by Quantity Surveyors to provide estimates is ineffective
More client prefer the Engineer to undertake specialist work
Any further comments on Section B:
Standard System of Measurement
Please indicate to what extent you use the following systems to measure mechanical and electrical engineering work. (1-never; 2-seldom; 3-sometimes; 4-often; 5-always; U-unsure)
Systems used yo measure mechanical and electrical engineering work:
Unsure
Never
Seldom
Sometimes
Often
Always
ASAQS (Standard System of Measuring Building Work)
SANS (Mechanical and electrical)
RICS (New rules of measurement)
If another system used, please specify:
To what extent do you agree that the Standard System of Measuring Building Work:
Unsure
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Neutral
Agree
Strongly agree
Enables you to measure building works accurately
Identifies all necessary components within each building element
Provides sufficiently for flexibility for measurements
Is clear and understandable for anyone to use
Enables you to measure mechanical engineering services effectively
Enables you to measure electrical engineering services effectively
Provides sufficient information to prepare builders quantities 
To what extent do you agree that the SANS documents:
Unsure
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Neutral
Agree
Strongly agree
Enables you to measure building works accurately
Identifies all necessary components within each building element
Provides sufficiently for flexibility for measurements
Is clear and understandable for anyone to use
Enables you to measure mechanical engineering services effectively
Enables you to measure electrical engineering services effectively
Provides sufficient information to prepare builders quantities 
To what extent do you agree with the following statements regarding why there is no generally accepted standard method of measurement used by the Quantity surveyor and the Engineer?
Unsure
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Neutral
Agree
Strongly Agree
Inability of the Engineer to provide detail design of building engineering services
Lack of knowledge by Engineers
Lack of knowledge by Quantity Surveyors
Lack of information on architectural drawings makes it difficult to use
Parties are unable to adjust to the different measurement methods
Hostility of Engineers towards Quantity Surveyors being involved in the measurement of building engineering services
Hostility of Quantity Surveyors towards Engineers being involved in the measurement of building engineering services
Engineers do not accept the Bills of Quantities prepared by quantity surveyors
Any further comments on Section C:
Stages of the projects life-cycle and the measurement and procurement of mechanical and electrical building services
Project development life-cycle:
Unsure
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Neutral
Agree
Strongly agree
Are you aware of the five(5) stages of project development?
Pleas indicate to what extent you are involved in the following stages. (1-not at all; 2-slightly; 3-moderately; 4-very; 5- extremely; U-unsure)
Phases of the project life-cycle:
Unsure
Not at all
Slightly
Moderately
Very
Extremely
Inception stage
Concept stage
Design and development stage
Procurement stage
Construction stage
Close-out stage
Please indicate to what extent you agree with the following factors affect the measurement of mechanical and electrical engineering services during the Procurement stage of a contract. (1-never; 2-seldom; 3-sometimes; 4-often; 5-always; U-unsure)
Factors affecting the measurement of mechanical and electrical engineering services cost during the procurement stage:
Unsure
Never
Seldom
Sometimes
Often
Always
Lack of information provided by the Architect
Lack of information provided by the Engineer
Lack of information provided by the Quantity Surveyor
Insufficient Engineer involvement
Variations in building engineering services design
Uncertainty regarding specification
Lack of knowledge and expertise by the Engineer to prepare drawings
Insufficient time provided to prepare drawings
In your own opinion, what are the factors that cause the late finalization of the detail drawings required to measure mechanical and electrical building services:
Any further comments on Section D:
Any further general comments:
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