Quantification skills in the construction industry

Fortune, Chris & Skitmore, Martin (1994) Quantification skills in the construction industry. Construction Management and Economics, 12(1), pp. 79-88.

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Measurement/quantification is a core skill of the quantity surveyor and such skills need to be placed within a more appropriate educational framework to ensure their continuing relevance. This paper reports on a study that sought firstly, to identify the characteristics associated with measurement/quantification skills and secondly, to weight or rank their relative importance. A total of thirty seven characteristics associated with a person undertaking the measurement task were identified following a search of available literature and a series of taped interviews with practitioners. These were then classified and grouped together into a model structured according to the fundamental requirements of educationally soundness, technically soundness and personally soundness. Twenty one representative characteristics of this model were then rated for importance by 77 undergraduate quantity surveying students and 30 qualified quantity surveyors working in private practice.

The resulting analysis enabled the subsets of the characteristics of measurement skill to be ranked in the following order of importance:- ability to formulate and solve problems, sufficient knowledge of salient aspects of the task, good intellect, ability to activate responses, adequate construction capability, ability to transmit information, good character, practical capability and good physical characteristics. This ranking allowed the proposed model of the characteristics of measurement skills to be weighted to show that educational soundness was more important than technical and personal soundness.

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ID Code: 4419
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Quantity surveying, quantification skills, skills modelling, education, training
ISSN: 1466-433X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1994 Francis & Taylor
Copyright Statement: First published in Construction Management and Economics 12(1):pp. 79-88.
Deposited On: 05 Jun 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:32

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