In recent years the construction industry has seen a significant downturn in many countries around the world. This has meant that competition for construction contract procurement has become even greater than it had been. Developers vying for these valuable contracts have to ensure that their tenders are comprehensive and accurate. Not only are there a huge number of factors that need to be accounted for but the final product has to meet the proposed parameters as closely as possible to ensure success in subsequent bids.
Due to their understanding of the disparate factors involved in construction projects quantity surveyors often offer consultation services for construction contract procurement. From large multi-premises constructions to relatively simple fit outs for offices or retail units the tendering company that can provide the most comprehensive and accurate data in their contract procurement application is the most likely to receive the bid.
Determining the cost in advance requires an extensive knowledge of the various factors. Materials that are to be used in the construction can be evaluated relatively easily but the materials may not be acquired for several months after a proposal has been entered. The price of the materials involved may change in the intervening period, some more so than others. The potential difference in these costs and others such as fuel and labour must be accounted for. Not only do these factors need to be costed in advance but the construction project managers must be able to determine if they will actually be able to acquire the required materials, labour and equipment at the time of the construction’s initiation. In small island nations such as Ireland or Iceland for example, two large construction projects that happen to coincide could easily disrupt the availability of certain types of construction equipment and materials.
Risk evaluation needs to be accurate. While a risk assessment that demonstrates a project is low risk might be on the surface more appealing, a risk assessment that shows a greater potential for a project to fail due to more accurate and more comprehensive data collection is ultimately the more likely to be chosen. The most comprehensive risk evaluation provides all parties with the greatest amount of information and any potential failing points can be remedied or prepared for in advance thus ensuring a greater likelihood of success for the project.
Another key aspect of construction contract procurement is the provision of adequate health and safety procedures. Not only must standard safety procedures be put in place but specific safety reviews of the individual construction project must occur. This requires that a health and safety plan be drawn up by a specially certified individual or group, most often via a quantity surveyor or an architectural firm, on the basis of the designs that have be made up for the project. From these designs the assigned group must determine if any specific safety hazards or failures are likely to occur. Where such hazards are predicted comprehensive measures must be taken to remove the hazards and minimise risk to those involved in working on the construction.