What’s the difference between a quantity surveyor estimator and a quantity surveyor? Not much, really. The main difference between the two roles are in the scope work being requested. In most cases, a quantity surveyor’s job description entails being part of the project from pre-construction till project completion. However, in certain cases, a quantity surveyor is only required for specific functions such as:
- Reviewing all documents as part of the pre-construction review phase: Perhaps the lender is satisfied and well versed with construction themselves, that they may not require a quantity surveyor to do monthly period site inspections and material reviews as part of the loan project monitoring process. In specific cases, the lender may just need a quantity surveyor to review documents, permits, contracts that are part of the pre-construction review phase only.
- Review invoices and billings:A developer or lender may require a quantity surveyor to review construction invoicing to ensure that costs are in line with what has been built at the project site.
- Review of contracts: A developer or lender may require a quantity surveyor to review agreements between the (1) developer and construction general contractor or (2) general contractor and subcontractors to determine if prices and contracts are reasonable to market conditions, pricing and timeframe.