BIM-based quantity surveying

Saving time, eliminating errors

Automated QS was carried out on The Dubai Mall
Automated QS was carried out on The Dubai Mall

Quantity surveying is an essential part of the construction process, from project concept to building handover. It is a profession that necessitates both a high degree of knowledge and finely honed deployment skills. It entails accurate interpretation of designs and numerical representation of component quantities. Traditionally it is a manual process and as such, is prone to errors as well as being very time consuming.

However, time issues can be addressed and errors eradicated by automating the process. There are two steps required to achieve this, the first being the production of a properly configured Building Information Model, which can automatically produce an accurate bill of quantities. The BOQ is then used to produce reports in the required format. This can be done at any stage of the QS remit – estimating, tendering and construction control.

Issue 11 of BIM Journal details automation of the process and demonstrates financial savings and ROI, using The Dubai Mall as a case study.

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