Change is inevitable, all professions must be conscious of that fact, the ability to adapt, adjust, and blend with the modern trend of the world daily is of utmost importance to all professions.
The Quantity surveying profession is not left out in this stated fact as the profession, over the years has improved and adapted to many new better, and faster ways in carrying out their costing activities in the construction environment.
Technology really has gained ground in almost every profession and field of discipline and the Quantity Surveying profession is also a part of such movement.
Softwares are now available for the Quantity surveyor to carry out many studious tasks easily, accurately, and more efficiently, This has allowed the Quantity Surveyor execute most of his works precisely and has also created more time and space for the Qs to perform other duties were this softwares has its limitation.
Yeah, You definitely don’t expect this Softwares to carry out all functions for you.
A constant fact of life is that no matter the technological advancement of the world tomorrow, be it in machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics, and software development. The need and use for human intelligence will forever be prime and most dominant over Artificial intelligence.
Let’s get back on track, We all know that the diversity and functions of quantity surveyors are numerous, thanks to technology these software’s are available for us to execute some of our tasks effectively.
All Quantity surveyors (students or already practicing) should try to get equipped with these softwares as they will help them to go a long way in their career journey.
Quantity Surveying must know Softwares
Here are the major Softwares a Quantity surveyor should be well engulfed with;
Microsoft Excel: This spreadsheet package from the Microsoft Corporation family is of no doubt one of the best software for data analytics and computation. The package has proven to be of great use and benefit to many professions in our world today especially in the accounting and statistics department. The Quantity surveyor is a Good patronizer of the excel software also, They use the excel software to execute different tasks and also to strategize their works well, such activities done with the excel software includes: Use of the Microsoft Excel templates as measuring and estimating tool, be it for building and civil projects, Computations needed during the lifespan of a project such as Measurements, Bills of Quantities, Rate Calculations, Resource Pricing, Project Valuations, and Final Account, Work Breakdown Schedule, and Goods and Services Received Report. A Quantity Surveyor who is well skilled in the use of Microsoft Excel has a very good competitive advantage over others as the need for Experienced Quantity surveyors with good knowledge of Microsoft Excel simple and complex functions are very high in demand.
AUTODESK Navisworks: This is a wonderful BIM software brought by the Autodesk Software Company. Autodesk Navisworks which was formerly known as Autodesk QTO (Quantity Takeoff) is a very wonderful BIM software that is very useful to the QS.
Navisworks helps the Quantity surveyor gets integrated with the other professionals when correlating data. As a BIM software, it allows for easy workflow among the other users allowing them to Combine design and construction data into a single model, Identify and resolve clash and interference problems before construction, Aggregate data from multiple trades to better control outcomes.
Navisworks® Simulate and Manage tools, enable greater coordination, construction simulation, and whole-project analysis for integrated project review, Control schedules, and costs using 4D and 5D simulation, interact with model objects for simulation, Create schedules directly from project models, Import schedules and cost items from external project management applications.
Navisworks is also most notable for its support for a wide range of design file formats.
BLUEBEAM REVU: This is another wonderful must know quantity surveying software from the Nemetschek Software Company.One of the best AEC (Architecture, Engineering, and Construction) software companies in the world.
Bluebeam Revu keeps teams on the same page through the design process, helps move the project forward during construction, and preserves important project data through completion and beyond.
With Bluebeam Revu the Quantity surveyor can get accurate quantity takeoffs and cost estimates which are critical to creating competitive bids for Tendering and estimating.
Measurement tools in Revu help you capture a project’s true scope and create a stronger bid that gives you a competitive edge.
Revu speeds up design reviews by allowing project partners to mark up and collaborate on the same documents in real-time, or any time. Revu lets you manage all your project folders and files in one location, so teams can easily access, upload, and review the latest documents.
Planswift: From Constructconnect is the fastest and easiest takeoff software available, as the name implies it is very swift and less stressful to use. it is the best Quantity Surveyor software when it comes to taking off and cost estimation.
Planswift can be used to Takeoff speedily in a bit and estimate functionality, Manage projects large and small with accurate and timely calculations. Easily adjust cost projections, simply change product cost and recalculate!, Bid more jobs, and manage more efficiently.
Sharing your estimate is easy on PlanSwift as the software is fully Excel compatible. PlanSwift instantly calculates material, waste, labor, etc. You no longer have to wonder if you have done the calculations for a specific area or not. It’s done as you create it.
Labor is calculated right along with the materials. Labor hours and cost is often guessed but not anymore with Planswift.
Other Softwares needed by a Quantity Surveyor
These just mentioned softwares should not be toiled with by a QS. An ardent mastery of the use of the softwares listed above must be attained by the Qs.
However, there are other packages or platforms that are necessary for a QS to get familiar with also,
Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Softwares has dug deep into the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) Sector, affiliation and integration of all the project team users have been simplified giving these users an easy workflow, streamlined effectiveness, and a time-bound advantage.
They need not become expert users on these softwares unlike the earlier stated four but having a candid knowledge on the usage of these software and platforms will really be of great advantage to the Qs. These softwares include
Above all always keeping yourself updated with these softwares should be Paramount, Some might get obsolete or updated, whichever it is, learn always for learning never ends.
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