01 Nov A Closer Look At Quantity Surveying

The world of civil engineering and construction is one that houses many different and diverse roles within its walls. This month we’re taking a closer look at quantity surveyors; who they are, what they do within the civil engineering world, plus this career choice proves fruitful in many different industries.


We sat down and had a quick chat to one of Rumdel Cape’s quantity surveyors based out in Durban, Athini Maceba. Athini has been with Rumdel Cape since 2017 and shed some light into how quantity surveying fits into the civil engineering and construction industry.


For those that don’t know, in short, what is quantity surveying?

Quantity surveying in a nutshell is the science that delivers financial and contractual services and advice to clients in the construction industry.


What is the role that a quantity surveyor fills in the civil engineering and construction industry?

A quantity surveyor controls money for the clients in construction projects as they are experts in dealing with all financial matters related to construction projects from start to finish. Quantity surveyors are mainly responsible for estimating the cost of a new project, calculating the quantities of material and labour that will need to be used, preparing tender and other legal documents, and estimating the value of work done at various stages of the contract.

How long do you need to study to become a quantity surveyor?

In universities it takes 3 years to obtain your BSc degree in Quantity Surveying, whilst in Technicon’s it can take 3 years to obtain a national diploma in building. You will then have to do Btech (1 year) and obtain Bachelor’s degree in Quantity Surveying.

Quantity surveyors can get involved in other industries such as insurance, banking, law and property development.


Are you interested in becoming a quantity surveyor or civil engineer? Read more about our bursary programme that we offer. Rumdel Cape is passionate about its industry and the upliftment of communities.

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