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Message from the President of IQSSL

I am pleased to pen this message for the official website of IQSSL.

With the evolving technologies and innovative products of various service providers and manufacturing industries, the construction industry is demanded to follow new methods and use the latest products. The construction industry products being facilities, in both civil engineering and building construction sectors, where most of other industries’ products are used, assembled or installed, there is a substantial pressure for us to be dynamic with the changes.

On the other hand, scarcity of natural and other resources has become a challenge, particularly with the construction industry being a major contributor of natural material extraction.

In this context, linear economy where resource extraction, production, distribution, consumption, and waste or “take, make, dispose” has evidently no future. Hence, designs and products that can be “made to be made again” powered with renewable energy in a circular economy (production, distribution, consumption, reuse, recycled, make again as much as, distribution) have become imperative.

Further, available information suggests that full-scale digitalisation would reduce annual global costs of nonresidential sector initial construction cost between US$ 0.7 – US$ 1.2 trillion and operational costs by an average of US$ 0.4 trillion.

The Quantity Surveyors (QS) forte is to obtain best value for the expenditure. This encompasses sustainable development with reduced environment impact from the resource use. Naturally, QS has to be a resource management professional to achieve this. Thus, QS should be equipped with the new knowledge about Information Technology (IT), use of relevant software for documentation, use of new construction technologies and be dynamic in providing their service. Though we use the traditional name “Quantity Surveyor”, the current role of QS is more of an Economist, Analyst, or Evaluator with regard to the construction sector commercial matters. This entails that QS should possess knowledge and skills in Law, Finance, Management, Auditing (technical), Problem Solving, Communication, and similar commercial fields in addition to the mentioned IT and technological aspects.

Consequently, this “Specialist Evaluator” is now entrusted with a highly challenging dynamic role in contributing to deliver construction projects within a digitalised environment with the use of such technologies while managing resources to ensure an optimum use in order to economise and protect the ecosystem.

Ch.QS. Lalith Ratnayake
B.Sc. (QS) Hons, M.Sc. (PM), F.I.Q.S.SL
President of Institute of Quantity Surveyors Sri Lanka
Written in: August 2019