Free professional advice
IWA’s remit for the inland waterways includes structures and buildings that are an integral part of the waterway environment. IWA’s Honorary Consultant Quantity Surveyor assists IWA’s restoration work and any other organisations requiring advice on feasibility, quantity and costing matters. This advice is provided free of charge, but reasonable travel and subsistence expenses are expected to be reimbursed. Individual tasks usually involve a few hours effort with a maximum of a few days.
The main purpose of providing advice is to assist organisations to identify the scope of an issue to be examined and to obtain a suitable source of detailed advice and costings. In addition, the Honorary Quantity Surveyor can undertake limited investigations, contractual and funding support to support for works that are carried out by voluntary bodies. The Surveyor’s time is likely to be used to best advantage if he is contacted as soon as proposals for projects are formulated, often linking in with IWA’s Honorary Consulting Engineers.
A quantity surveyor initially focusses on helping to estimate initial quantities and costs and advising on suitable procurement strategies for the project. The role can then continue into updating budgets, cashflow forecasts, tendering and procurement of suitable contractors, managing contractors requests for payments, monitoring progress on site and agreeing the costs of any changes and settling the final account with the contractor.
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