ARBE2301 Measurement of Building Works – Course Outline Summer 2017 1 Project Scenario Assessment tasks 2 & 3 are based on this scenario. You have been working for a couple of years at QS2301 & Associates Pty Limited, a prestigious organisation of elite Quantity Surveyors head hunted from the best students at The University of Newcastle which has a much envied reputation of turning out graduates of superior calibre. To date you have not yet been entrusted to be “job captain” on any particular project despite asking on several occasions, the opportunity has not yet arisen until today when the MD, Dr Andrew Quentin Stihlwasser (known affectionately as AQS to the staff), has come to your small office cubicle and presented you with a project for a new client and he has asked you to be “job captain”. AQS has explained that the new client is very important to your organisation as he and his sister have a large sum of money which they wish to invest in a string of new buildings once they have built up a team of trustworthy consultants. The new buildings will include both commercial and community projects. The new client has no previous project experience and has never been involved in the building or construction industry. AQS explains that Santos Clawes has a sister who is an equal part of their business but she is rarely around as she constantly travels the world working with children. After meeting Santos you soon understand that Santos has absolutely no understanding of any technical terms you have used and to your horror and disgust you find he does not understand why you measure quantities for buildings or prepare Bills of Quantities, as he puts it “particularly as they have no jolly pictures”. Santos has previously used a QS but did not understand what they did so he is hesitant to start on this project and wants you to explain why someone would bother to measure quantities for buildings and prepare Bills of Quantities. Santos has engaged a QS previously on the job he wants you to take over and he is providing a partly completed and badly prepared set of bills from “Fairmont QS” (of course their logo includes a blue oval) all you have to do is correct the bills for him. Stage 1 (Assignment 2) The client Santos, notes that he has always stuck with tradition and written down lists and doesn’t trust computers, as such he has made the request that the Groundworks trade be measured in the traditional manner and hand written so that he can see that employees of QS2301 & Associates Pty Limited are competent in the base principles of measurement and do not rely on computer tricks. You have assured Santos that QS2301 & Associates Pty Limited does not need to rely on computers and the employees are both willing and ready to display their ability for him. You assure him that the highly talented and dedicated staff has the ability to work by candle light, knee deep in water infested 2 ARBE2301 Measurement of Building Works – Course Outline Summer 2017 with eels during an extended power blackout if necessary to meet the deadlines. You undertake to provide the necessary calculation sheets for Groundworks in the traditional QS triple column method hand written and also provide the typed Groundworks BOQ prepared by “Fairmont QS” in an edited form ready to be typed, Santos is happy with this undertaking. The revised bill will be in accordance with ASMM6. It is decided between you and AQS that the best approach might be a simple approach and you decide to write Santos a business letter explaining the process and reasons for building measurement and preparation of BOQs and why there are rules for measurement. You will also set out the many ways the BOQ can be used and any advantages that could be obtained. You also wish to use the letter to point out to Santos the Quantity Surveying is much more than measuring and you will use this opportunity to market the practice pointing out all the other aspects of the profession. The address of your employer is: QS2301 & Associates Pty Limited 1A University Drive CALLAGHAN NSW 2308 The address for correspondence to the client is: Mr Santos Clawes 1 Elf Street MERRYWEATHER NSW 2308 You have been given authority to sign the letter for the organisation. Stage 2 (Assignment 3) Santos has also provided the “Fairmont QS” bills for Concrete, Formwork and Reinforcement. These bills have to be repaired and AQS suggests that Buildsoft Global be used to do this but on screen measurement will not be used. Santos provides only the hardcopy of the bills and asks that you provide him an EOX file of the bills before the deadline. These bills also have to be in accordance with ASMM6. You suggest the client will completely understand the process by the end of Stage 1 and agree with AQS that you will prepare a short report for Santos outlining the construction activities that are needed to accompany the Stage 2 BOQ. The report to be included in Stage 2 will allow Santos to read about the activities and relate them to the BOQ. ARBE2301 Measurement of Building Works – Course Outline Summer 2017 3 The agreed stages are: Stage 1 = Groundworks and accompanying letter; Stage 2 = Concrete, Formwork and Reinforcement. The trades are as set out in ASMM6. AQS apologises for not giving an opportunity to be “job captain” previously and admits he was not confident that you were capable of making deadlines as he thought you made too many excuses to get out of work. He has promised that if you succeed with the measurement then he may let you price some of your handiwork at a later date. 4 ARBE2301 Measurement of Building Works – Course Outline Summer 2017 1.1 Assignment 1 – On-line Quiz The quiz will be conducted online through Blackboard. The quiz will consist of 25 multiple choice questions to be completed in 60 minutes. The quiz will be available in Week 3 up to 10:00pm of the due date and is to be completed in one single session. Feedback on the assessment item will be provided on Blackboard on completion of the on-line quiz. 1.2 Assignment 2 – Measurement of Groundworks The scenario for this assignment is set out in the beginning of this section. The trades included in this assignment relate to those items included in the documents and found in the following sections of the ASMM6: Groundworks – ASMM6 Section 4 The bill to be repaired will be provided in the “Course Materials” area of Blackboard. The assignment must include: • Measurement of the items necessary to complete the Groundworks trade in accordance with ASMM6 with calculation sheets hand written in the traditional triple column format. Calculation sheets for all changed items must be provided. All workings must be shown. Submissions that do not provide all the workings will be at the risk of not passing. All workings should be legible and presented in a professional manner. • The typed BOQ provided for Groundworks should be marked up or retyped to reflect the corrections to comply with ASMM6. Pricing is NOT required. • A report in the form of a formal business letter to provide students with an understanding of the context surrounding the process of building measurement and the application of rules for BOQs and ASMM. The formal business letter is not to exceed 2,000 words (excluding references) and should contain references in an author, date style similar to APA or Harvard. Direct quotations within the letter should be kept to a maximum of two with a maximum size of five words each. ARBE2301 Measurement of Building Works – Course Outline Summer 2017 5 • The formal business letter is to be from your employer organisation to the previously nominated potential client based on the project scenario previously described in this document. In the formal business letter students should explain: – the reasons for measuring quantities and preparing bills of quantities (BOQ), – the reasons why rules for measurement like the Australian Standard Method of Measurement (ASMM5) may be required, – any advantages or practical uses the quantities and BOQ may provide any of the project stakeholders at any stage throug
hout the project, – the full range of services offered by a professional Quantity Surveyor. • The formal business letter is part of Assignment 2 and should accompany the revised groundworks bill of quantities. • The BOQ including all workings must be scanned and combined into a single pdf document which can be opened and read with either Adobe Acrobat or Nuance Pdf Converter Pro. • File with the groundworks bill should be named Last Name Student number.pdf e.g. HILAIRE 1234567.pdf • The file with the business letter should be named Last Name Student number Letter.pdf e.g. HILAIRE 1234567 Letter.pdf • File submission is via the Assessment area on Blackboard and is the responsibility of the student, unreadable files cannot be marked and zero marks will be awarded (the ability for multiple file uploads will be provided on Blackboard to enable students to ensure files are readable). • The very first page of each submission must be the correct cover sheet. Submissions without a cover sheet will be at the risk of not passing. If more than one file is submitted for a single trade then only the most recent file will be marked. • Emailed submissions will NOT BE ACCEPTED. • The strict order for the file is: 1) cover sheet, followed by 2) typed or marked up Groundworks BOQ, followed by 3) hand written calc sheets for Groundworks. The submitted file must contain all BOQ pages and Calc sheets in the one direction, i.e. upright and readable on the screen without being turned (i.e. not upside down or sideways). Failure to provide the correct presentation will incur penalties and be at the risk of not passing. 6 ARBE2301 Measurement of Building Works – Course Outline Summer 2017 Assessment criteria – Assignment 2 High Distinction (85-100%) (comprehensive exploration of main issues with outstanding level of independent thinking and critical analysis) • • Extensive evidence of general rules or concept of taking-off. • Exceptional presentation of categories, descriptions, units, calcs, quantities or scope. • Complies with requirements • Extensive evidence of the concepts set out in the Course Outline Distinction (75-84%) (good exploration of main issues with high level of independent thinking and critical analysis) • • Very good evidence of general rules or concept of taking-off. • Highly Competent presentation of categories, descriptions, units, calcs, quantities or scope. • Complies with requirements • Very good evidence of the concepts set out in the Course Outline Credit (65-74%) (all the main issues are addressed but limited evidence of independent thinking and analysis) • • Good evidence of general rules or concept of taking-off. • Competent presentation of categories, descriptions, units, calcs, quantities or scope. • Complies with requirements • Good evidence of the concepts set out in the Course Outline Pass (50-64%) (majority of the main issues addressed but inadequate evidence of independent thinking and analysis) • • Adequate evidence of general rules or concept of taking-off. • Satisfactory presentation of categories, descriptions, units, calcs, quantities or scope. • Complies with requirements • Adequate evidence of the concepts set out in the Course Outline Fail (0-49%) (failure to adequately address the main issues and lack of understanding of the basic principles) • ANY of the following • No cover sheet • File not named in accordance with the Course Outline • BOQ and calcs not in a single Pdf • File cannot be opened or corrupt • Does not comply with requirements • Little or no evidence of general rules or concept of taking-off. • Unsatisfactory or unprofessional presentation of categories, descriptions, units, calcs, quantities or scope. • Does not comply with requirements • Little or no evidence of the concepts set out in the Course Outline Assessment Criteria: Assignment 2 Comply with Course Outline BOQ for Groundworks 80% Formal business letter and professional presentation of submission 20% ARBE2301 Measurement of Building Works – Course Outline Summer 2017 7 1.3 Assignment 3 – Measurement of Concrete, Formwork and Reinforcement The scenario for this assignment is set out in the beginning of this document The trades included in this assignment relate to those items included in the documents and found in the following sections of the ASMM6: Concrete – ASMM6 Section 6.1 Formwork – ASMM6 Section 7.1 Reinforcement – ASMM6 Section 8 The assignment must include: • A single EOX file (Buildsoft GLOBAL backup file) containing the BOQ and all quantity calc sheets. • The file should contain concrete, formwork and reinforcement trades as set out in ASMM6 prepared with Buildsoft Global or Buildsoft Offsider. Calculation sheets for all items must be provided. All workings must be shown. Submissions that do not provide all the workings will be at the risk of not passing. All workings must be manually entered into Buildsoft software and BTOS, on screen measurement systems or digitisers are not to be used All workings should be presented in a professional manner. • Access to and/or installation of Buildsoft software is the responsibility of the student failure to gain access in time for completion • It is the student’s responsibility to backup their computer files, loss of files will not constitute a reason for an extension of time. • The assignment must be presented in a professional manner suitable for providing to a client in the construction industry. • The submitted file should be named Student number.EOX e.g. 1234567.EOX • Emailed submissions will NOT BE ACCEPTED. • File submission is the responsibility of the student, unreadable files cannot be marked and zero marks will be awarded (a test upload area will be provided on Blackboard to enable students to ensure files are readable). Estimating and pricing for the BQ items are NOT required. 8 ARBE2301 Measurement of Building Works – Course Outline Summer 2017 Assessment Criteria – Assignment 3 High Distinction (85-100%) (comprehensive exploration of main issues with outstanding level of independent thinking and critical analysis) • • Extensive evidence of general rules or concept of taking-off. • Exceptional presentation of categories, descriptions, units, calcs, quantities or scope. • Complies with requirements • Extensive use of software • Descriptive workings can be easily understood • Extensive evidence of general rules or concept of taking-off. • Exceptional presentation of categories, descriptions, units, calcs, quantities or scope. • Complies with requirements • Extensive use of software • Descriptive workings can be easily understood • Extensive evidence of general rules or concept of taking-off. • Exceptional presentation of categories, descriptions, units, calcs, quantities or scope. • Complies with requirements • Extensive use of software • Descriptive workings can be easily understood Distinction (75-84%) (good exploration of main issues with high level of independent thinking and critical analysis) • • Very good evidence of general rules or concept of taking-off. • Highly Competent presentation of categories, descriptions, units, calcs, quantities or scope. • Complies with requirements • Very good use of software • Very good evidence of general rules or concept of taking-off. • Highly Competent presentation of categories, descriptions, units, calcs, quantities or scope. • Complies with requirements • Very good use of software • Very good evidence of general rules or concept of taking-off. • Highly Competent presentation of categories, descriptions, units, calcs, quantities or scope. • Complies with requirements • Very good use of software Credit (65-74%) (all the main issues are addressed but limited evidence of independent thinking and analysis) • • Good evidence of general rules or concept of taking-off. • Competent presentation of categories, descriptions, units, calcs, quantities or scope. • Complies with requirements • Good use of software • Good evidence of general rules or concept of taking-off.
• Competent presentation of categories, descriptions, units, calcs, quantities or scope. • Complies with requirements • Good use of software • Good evidence of general rules or concept of taking-off. • Competent presentation of categories, descriptions, units, calcs, quantities or scope. • Complies with requirements • Good use of software Pass (50-64%) (majority of the main issues addressed but inadequate evidence of independent thinking and analysis) • • Adequate evidence of general rules or concept of taking-off. • Satisfactory presentation of categories, descriptions, units, calcs, quantities or scope. • Complies with requirements • Adequate use of software • Workings can be understood • Adequate evidence of general rules or concept of taking-off. • Satisfactory presentation of categories, descriptions, units, calcs, quantities or scope. • Complies with requirements • Adequate use of software • Workings can be understood • Adequate evidence of general rules or concept of taking-off. • Satisfactory presentation of categories, descriptions, units, calcs, quantities or scope. • Complies with requirements • Adequate use of software • Workings can be understood Fail (0-49%) (failure to adequately address the main issues and lack of understanding of the basic principles) • ANY of the following • File not named in accordance with the Course Outline • Not use Buildsoft Global or Offsider • File cannot be opened or corrupt • Does not comply with requirements • Little or no evidence of general rules or concept of taking-off. • Unsatisfactory or unprofessional presentation of categories, descriptions, units, calcs, quantities or scope. • Does not comply with requirements • Inadequate use of software • Workings not provided • Little or no evidence of general rules or concept of taking-off. • Unsatisfactory or unprofessional presentation of categories, descriptions, units, calcs, quantities or scope. • Does not comply with requirements • Inadequate use of software • Workings not provided • Little or no evidence of general rules or concept of taking-off. • Unsatisfactory or unprofessional presentation of categories, descriptions, units, calcs, quantities or scope. • Does not comply with requirements • Inadequate use of software • Workings not provided Assessment Criteria: Assignment 3 Comply with Course Outline BOQ for Concrete 40% Completed with Buildsoft Global BOQ for Formwork 30% Completed with Buildsoft Global BOQ for Reinforcement 30% Completed with Buildsoft Global ARBE2301 Measurement of Building Works – Course Outline Summer 2017 9

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