oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Standard coding systems. Their applicability to the South African construction industry



Standard coding systems (SCS) for bill of quantities items simplify and encourage the use of computer-aided tendering (CAT) systems. In the United Kingdom the use of SCS is supported by both contractors and quantity surveyors. To achieve widespread acceptance of SCS in South Africa it is proposed that the standard method of measurement (SMM) be revised to incorporate such a coding system. This approach appears to have the support of contractors, but quantity surveyors seem hesitant about the concept In this paper the background to the introduction of SCS and CAT systems in the UK is given and the advantages gained by both contractors and quantity surveyors are illustrated. The effect that computers are likely to have on methods of communication between the professions and contractors is also descriptionbed and the impact that SCS is likely to have on this communication is stressed.


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