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					Quantity Surveying and Construction Management
Prof. Basie Verster

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Overview
uring 2007 the Department of Quantity Surveying and Construction Management was involved in various actions, events and developments and experienced a variety of highlights. Students were trained either residentially or through open learning. The department had a total of 325 undergraduate students, 74 students at honours level, 35 students at master’s level and four students at Ph.D. level. As additional training endeavours, various registered short programmes and courses were delivered. Altogether 65 students registered for the QCP Open Learning Programme. The faculty’s Management Programme (FMP) supported by the Association of Property Owners (SAPOA) was completed by 76 students. Forty-nine students who registered for the Project Management Programme also completed the Intensive Project Management Programme (IPMP) supported by SAPOA and 12 students attended the Occupational Health and Safety Programme that was supported by the Gauteng Master Builders Association (GMBA). The UFS is currently the only university outside the United Kingdom (UK) that presents an open learning programme in quantity surveying, which is internationally accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Over the past few years the department has delivered a significant contribution to the various professions and the industry, and is accredited by the South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession (SACQSP) and the South African Council for the Property Valuation Profession (SACPVP). Internationally the RICS in the UK and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), also in the UK, accredits the relevant programmes presented by the department. Alumni of the UFS practise mainly in South Africa but many also live in England, Ireland, Dubai and various African countries. To deliver services to the many branches of the industry, staff members from diverse backgrounds are appointed in quantity surveying, construction management, project management, engineering and property economics, amongst others. Prof. Basie Verster, Head of the department, serves on the SACQSP is the chairperson of the Educational Standards and , Research Committee (ESR) and is a member of the board of the

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Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS). He also serves on the UFS Council. Dr Hendrik Marx serves on the Council of the Central University of Technology (CUT) and is the chairperson and member of the board of the South African Association of Consulting Engineers (SAACE). Dr Marx has also been elected as a member of the national board of the Association of Schools of Construction of Southern Africa (ASOCSA). Mr Hendrik van Vuuren serves as committee member of the CIOB-SA. At international level, members of the department are active on committees of the CIOB-SA and the International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC). The prestigious gold medal of the ASAQS for outstanding students in quantity surveying in South Africa has been awarded to 15 students of the department over the past 38 years. In 2007, this sought-after medal was again awarded to a student of the UFS, Ms Pulane Mahloka. Ms Mahloka is the first black woman to achieve this honour. Also in 2007, Mr Franré Swanepoel, a student of the UFS, was awarded a grant from the ASAQS for the most outstanding first-year student in B.Sc. (Quantity Surveying). The journal Acta Structilia is fully accredited by the SACQSP and the RICS. In 2007 the journal celebrated its 14th year of existence. This journal offers opportunities for local and international researchers in the field of physical and development sciences to publish independent refereed articles. The 23rd edition of the student journal, Bouvaria, was also published in 2007. The department is one of 14 international research fellows that completed a joint research project with the Wirtshaftsuniversität in Vienna, Austria during 2007. Four papers on the South African results have already been delivered on invitation in Vienna. The department is involved in research projects in cooperation with the RICS, the Bureau for Economic Research at the University of Stellenbosch, the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) and the ASAQS. During the year a research project on indicators for the construction industry was successfully completed for the CIOB.

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Staff from the department delivered successful papers at a conference presented by the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS) in Auckland, New Zealand. The department’s involvement in the community is characterised by the continued mentorship programme for upcoming entrepreneurs. Over the past 20 years the Centre for Construction Entrepreneurs has trained a number of upcoming building contractors. During the year, 16 students completed a special course in Occupational Health and Safety under the guidance of the Centre for Construction Entrepreneurs. This is presented with the support of the ASAQS. The department delivers a continuous development service to upcoming building contractors and other interest groups by means of the accredited Construction Mentorship Programme. The principle of mentorship-based development programmes is currently a standard component of development in the construction industry. The highly acclaimed Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) has accepted the principle of using mentors for upcoming building contractors in their programme. Members of staff of the UFS, in cooperation with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and other consultants, are at the forefront of the development and implementation of mentorship. Mentors offering services as part of this programme are only accredited by the UFS.

Three students received the M.L.P degree in 2007. From left are: Mr Riekie Samuels, Ms .M. Michelle Burger, Ms Benita Kotzé, Lecturer at the department, Mr Jan-Hendrik Munnik , and Prof. BasieVerster, Head of the department.

Ms Pulane Mahloka received the gold medal for Exceptional Final Year Student in South Africa for 2007 from the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS). She is the first black woman to receive this prestigious award. She is the fourteenth UFS student since 1970 to receive this medal, six of whom were women. Here are, from the left: Mr Hendrik van Vuuren, Lecturer at the department, Ms Mahloka, and Ms Benita Kotzé, Lecturer at the department.

Mr Franré Swanepoel received the award for the most outstanding first-year student in . Quantity Surveying from the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS).

Students at a sports day.

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Staff
Professors: Profs Basie Verster, Andries Hauptfleisch (in Midrand) Senior Lecturer: Dr Hendrik Marx Lecturers: Messrs Frank Berry, Ben Swart, Hendrik van Vuuren Ms Benita Kotzè Contract Lecturers: Messrs Carl van Zyl, Pierre Oosthuizen Academic Assistant: Mss Alna Beukes, Alet Esterhuyse, MarieLouise Roux Secretary: Ms Elza van der Walt Administrator: Distance Learning: Ms Elize Scholtz

Research outputs
Research articles
Ramabodu, M.S., Kotzè, B.G. & Verster, J.J.P 2007. Diversity and value in Africa’s real . estate: Challenges facing property development in South Africa. Journal of Property Investment and Finance 25(1): 7-22. for the Built Environment (CBE), Port Elizabeth, South Africa. 17-19 June. Oosthuizen, P .M., Kotzé, B.G. & Hauptfleisch, A.C. 2007. Professional project management maturity of quantity surveyors in South Africa. Paper presented at the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS) 2007 Congress: Construction from a different perspective, Auckland, New Zealand. 10-12 June. Swart, B.J. & Van der Westhuizen, L. 2007. The modern quantity surveyor: Jack of all trades. Paper presented at the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS) 2007 Congress: Construction from a different perspective, Auckland, New Zealand. 10-12 June. Tiruneh, G.G., Verster, J.J.P & Kotzé, B.G. . 2007. A study on the application of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods in South Africa. Paper presented at the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS) 2007 Congress: Construction from a different perspective, Auckland, New Zealand. 10-12 June. Van Vuuren, H.J. 2007. Skills transfer: The training and mentoring of new entrants to the construction industry. Paper presented at the 2nd Built Environment Conference: Association of Schools of Construction of Southern Africa (ASOCSA) and the Council for the Built Environment (CBE), Port Elizabeth, South Africa. 17-19 June. Van Zyl, C.H. 2007. Training and professional development: Construction industry needs. Paper presented at the 2nd Built Environment Conference: Association of Schools of Construction of Southern Africa (ASOCSA) and the Council for the Built Environment (CBE), Port Elizabeth, South Africa. 17-19 June. Verster, J.J.P & Hauptfleisch, A.C. 2007. . Project management maturity in the South African construction industry. Paper presented at the 2nd Built Environment Conference: Association of Schools of Construction of Southern Africa (ASOCSA) and the Council for the Built Environment (CBE), Port Elizabeth, South Africa. 17-19 June. Verster, J.J.P & Lazarus, S. 2007. Project . Management: Maturity of project oriented companies in South Africa. Paper presented at the Project Management Days ’07 Workshop, Project Management Group & Wirtschafts University, Vienna, Austria. 5-8 May. Verster, J.J.P & Van Zyl, C.H. 2007. . Managing differences and disputes: A search for an effective and efficient construction dispute resolution method. Paper presented at the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS) 2007 Congress: Construction from a different perspective, Auckland, New Zealand. 10-12 June.

Chapters in books
Verster, J.J.P ., Hauptfleisch, A.C., Oosthuizen, P & Kotzé, B.G. 2007. Pro.M. ject management maturity models and analyses. In SAPOA Real Estate Research Handbook, edited by N. Gopal, S. Garrun & K. Clinton. Roseveld Park, South Africa: Pangram Publishing (Pty) Ltd. pp. 217-221.

Contact details
Prof. Basie Verster Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences Department of Quantity Surveying and Construction Management University of the Free State PO Box 339 Bloemfontein South Africa 9300 Telephone: +27 51 401 2248 Fax: +27 51 401 3324 E-mail: VersterJ.sci@ufs.ac.za Website: www.ufs.ac.za

Conference contributions
Berry, F.H. 2007. The influence of quantity surveying procedures on communication and communication instruments in the construction industry. Paper presented at the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS) 2007 Congress: Construction from a different perspective, Auckland, New Zealand. 10-12 June. Hauptfleisch, A.C. & Verster, J.J.P 2007. . Mentoring: A key intervention in small construction contractor capacity building in South Africa. Paper presented at the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) 23rd Annual Conference, University of Ulster, Belfast. 3-5 September. Hauptfleisch, A.C., Lazarus, S., Knoetze, T. & Liebenberg S. 2007. An integrated emerging contractor development model for the construction industry: Practical implementation and statistical quantification. Paper presented at the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) World Building Congress: Construction for Development, Cape Town, South Africa. 1417 May. Lazarus, S. 2007. Project management: Key components of an integrated emerging contractor development model for the construction industry. Paper presented at the Project Management Days ’07 Workshop, Project Management Group & Wirtschafts University, Vienna, Austria. 5-8 May. Marx, H.J. 2007. An improved approximate estimating method for the early planning phases. Paper presented at the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS) 2007 Congress: Construction from a different perspective, Auckland, New Zealand. 10-12 June. Marx, H.J. 2007. Improved elemental cost factors for early estimation. Paper presented at the 2nd Built Environment Conference: Association of Schools of Construction of Southern Africa (ASOCSA) and the Council

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