The following is an excerpt from the PQS Schedule of Services.

This booklet has been prepared by the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS) as a guide for the engagement of the services of a Professional Quantity Surveyor (PQS).

The PQS is a vital member of, and brings added value to, the design and construction team. In this team, just as in any other, success is achieved by skill and cooperation. The skills of the PQS emanates from specific training, experience, and expertise in the field of construction costs, enabling them to perform duties combining the functions of an economist, an estimator, and an accountant.

The PQS is specifically focused on the management of construction cost and value.

Depending upon Clients requirements during design and construction, the PQS can be retained to provide input and advice from inception to total completion or for specific tasks therein. Experience has shown that Clients who include the PQS as part of their team from inception to completion tend to maximize their return on this investment in professional expertise.

When a Client embarks on a construction program, they are making a commitment to what may be a major investment in an undetermined quantity. While defining the proposed facility broadly in terms of size and function is possible, there are significant variables that require attention, such as:

  • How well and how long will the facility serve its intended purpose?
  • Will it be responsive to the needs of its users and the community?
  • What will it say about your image?
  • Will it be financially feasible?

The PQS will work with the Client and the design team to establish the program budget. As the design progresses through the various design stages, the PQS will prepare cost plans in Elemental format and, depending on the Client’s requirements, in other formats recognized within the construction industry such as UniFormat, MasterFormat, International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS), etc. These cost plans will be used to report changes and variations in the anticipated cost, allowing for timely decisions regarding design scope while maintaining the initial program budget. Prior to tender, the cost plan will again be reviewed, and this pre-tender estimate will be used to evaluate bids received.

During the design and construction of a project, the PQS effectively becomes a major contributor to the organization, serving as advisor and technical manager and in large measure, will directly contribute to determining the financial success of the project.

Selecting the right PQS should consider experience, interests, and capabilities that best fit the project requirements.