Does your measurement come up to size?

Are you happy with your measurement?

I met a good friend of mine recently Jon Lever who is very actively involved with the RICS APC process and runs a very efficient business helping guys gain their MRICS status.

Now we were talking recently after he held one of his RICS surgeries at our offices about the lack of measurment being taught in the industry; and we both think that more could be done about this.

So instead of sitting around and doing nothing about it we came up with the idea that we should do something, the thing is what? Our idea is that we would like to help people who want to know more about measurement and how to do things (dare I say) properly. You may have little time, only want to learn about one particular aspect, already be qualified and want to brush up on something, or just generally interested in improving your skills.

We therefore plan to produce a series of cost effective ways that can take you through all aspects of measurement. The way in which we do that will be dictated by you.

If that’s something you think you’d be interested in (or just want to send me a comment) please contact me, as I’d be interested to hear from you. Either post a reply to this, send me an email , tweet me on @gfpartnership, contact me via facebook, or message me on LinkedIn.

Or you could just call ….

Better still complete this on line survey Jon and I are running and we can tailor our idea to suit your specific needs.

5 Responses to “Does your measurement come up to size?”

  1. 1 Andrew Field July 12, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Derek – a great idea and something that I feel is badly needed. I was at a university recently where they are considering making measurement an “optional unit” in their QS degree. A disgraceful state of affairs. Much in the same way as the Navy won’t let you sail a ship until you’ve done your squarebashing, how can a QS possibly hope to cost manage a scheme if they can’t take off from drawings?!

    I’d be thrilled to be involved. I work for a Practice which does an awful lot of measurement work. We see it as a fundamental skill and ability, and one which is very much in demand. We feel you can only properly take the risk out of a scheme and give cost certainty with a full BQ, and clients seem to be coming round to that idea as well.


    • 2 derekmynott July 12, 2010 at 12:10 pm

      Thanks for the feedback Andrew, it verifies what Jon and I were saying, how on earth can measurement be an option? It’s plain daft. I have to say we are busier than ever with our boq works for contractors (long may it continue). Happy for you to be involved in any way we can make it work. I’ll keep you posted about the results we find.

  2. 3 Adrian Glave July 14, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    +1 for the importance of measurement.

    The ability to manually take off from drawings is a core skill set of Quantity Surveying – even if you use computer software to take off, you need an understanding of what it is doing to make sure you’re getting the right answer and not just taking it as read.

    It’s as simple as needing to be able to carry out mental arithmetic even if you use a calculator or a spreadsheet.

    For an efficient delivery medium you might want to consider GoToWebinar [] or a series of keynote presentations [covering different elements of measurement] that users could download / stream when convenient.

    Measurement is a geeky love of mine, so I’d be keen to be involved too.

    • 4 derekmynott July 14, 2010 at 1:38 pm

      Hi Adrian,
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and good to hear there are other ‘measurement geeks’ out there too. No problem about trying to be involved – a case of the more the merrier. I’ll keep you posted.

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I’m now the Managing Director of Mynott Associates Limited my own specialist measurement business. I’ve been in the industry all of my life since I left school. My first job was with Bovis Construction as a management trainee where I trained to become a quantity surveyor. I’ve worked for contractors all through my career, I am FRICS, FCIOB and MCIHT qualified and act as an RICS assessor. I’m also a keen Arsenal supporter having followed them from a young boy

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