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The effectiveness of the bills of quantities in Australia

Wood, Bevyn and Kenley, Russell 2004, The effectiveness of the bills of quantities in Australia, Journal of construction research, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 291-309, doi: 10.1142/S160994510400019X.

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Title The effectiveness of the bills of quantities in Australia
Author(s) Wood, Bevyn
Kenley, Russell
Journal name Journal of construction research
Volume number 5
Issue number 2
Start page 291
End page 309
Publisher World Scientific Publishing
Place of publication Singapore
Publication date 2004-09
ISSN 1609-9451
1793-687X
Keyword(s) Bills of quantities
Subcontractors
Contractors
Abridged bills of quantities
Australia
Summary The research aimed to explore if the information in the Australian Bill of Quantities (BOQ) was presented in a manner that could be utilized effectively by the end user. Populations surveyed; contractor, subcontractor and quantity surveyor, agree that the BOQ is a document that should be retained and would be used if produced. The adequacy of information was found to be in question by the users of the BOQ. The locational information is not adequate for its purpose. The quantities are neither located in the structure nor broken down into zones so useful for material ordering, daily work production management and cost management tasks. This information provided was requested to be supplemented by the inclusion of drawings, drawing  numbers and the zonal breakdown of quantities in a smaller number of BOQ items. End users concluded that the current information contained within the BOQ is efficient but not effective. Not one participant — quantity surveyors, contractors and subcontractors — believed they were adequately consulted or represented in production of the latest StandardMethod of Measurement (SMM). It is concluded that there is a need for end-users such as contractors and subcontractors to have greater input into the design, development and implementation of the Australian SMM. The resultant “consensus document” could then be an effective communication tool that is used for estimating, planning, purchasing and site management.
Language eng
DOI 10.1142/S160994510400019X
Field of Research 120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, World Scientific Publishing Company
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002804

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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