Individuals interested in the quantity surveying (also known as construction estimating) aspect of construction projects can enroll in construction management degree programs, which are offered at numerous colleges and universities. Undergraduate courses typically teach students the fundamentals of construction management, which can prepare them for entry-level positions as estimators or managers. Graduate courses generally provide students with instruction in the business, technological and environmental aspects of construction management, preparing them for advanced supervisory or estimation positions.
Here are a few common concepts in quantity surveying courses:
- Building codes
- Determining project costs
- Structural development
List of Common Courses
Basic Principles of Construction Management Course
This course provides students with an introduction to basic concepts of the construction industry. Often, residential and commercial projects are discussed in one course. Lectures explain how various construction elements - such as a building's framework, heating and cooling, electrical and plumbing systems - become integrated into a comprehensive construction project. Instruction can also include the history of the construction industry and the development of current building laws, codes and regulations.
Introduction to Construction Methods and Materials Course
A course in building methods and materials introduces students to issues such as sustainability, cost and risk analysis. It provides students with an understanding of how ordering decisions can affect the cost of the overall project. Since anticipating material costs is a significant part of a quantity surveyor's responsibilities, instruction in materials and methods is often required for aspiring quantity surveyors. Some programs have separate courses for residential and commercial building projects.
Estimating Construction Costs Course
Prospective quantity surveyors learn to develop cost estimations, often using estimating software, for a variety of residential and commercial construction projects. Factors that students must learn to consider include construction materials, equipment, labor, company overhead and profit. Many programs include a laboratory component in which students develop bid packages based on a proposed construction project.
Advanced Construction Costs Course
In this course, students further explore the relationship between construction project planning, managing and cost estimating. Topics include various bidding strategies, work breakdown structures and cost documentation. Laboratory work often includes hands-on estimation projects using industry-standard cost estimating software. Some projects are to be completed by individuals while others are designed for groups of students working together, simulating a real working environment.