Quantity surveyors estimate and monitor the construction costs of a project and may audit project costs or administer construction contracts. They must understand all aspects of construction from the design stage through to the completed project and may contribute in settling financial or contractual disputes.
They may work on projects for all levels and types of construction. Projects may range from office blocks, schools, hospitals and factories to bridges, railways, oil and mining development, shipbuilding and large process engineering works such as oil refineries.
Areas of work include the private sector for consulting firms, the public sector for state or federal government departments, or with property development companies, building contractors and project financiers.