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Question: MSc Surveying at University of Reading (College of Estate Management)
Graduate Development Programme

QUESTION 1
Most standard form building and engineering contracts require the contract administrator to fulfil a dual role.

Discuss, giving examples.

Answer: Traditionally employers have engaged professionals, generally the architects or engineers, as a contract administrator to manage building and engineering contracts. While the...


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  • Subject: Quantity Surveying
  • Course: Construction Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 80%
  • Words: 864
  • Date submitted: August 14, 2011
  • Date written: July, 2011
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 3862

Question: MSc Surveying at University of Reading (College of Estate Management)
Graduate Development Programme

QUESTION 3
’Liability for negligently inflicted economic losses can only arise out of the terms of a contract between the parties.’

Discuss this contention in the context of the construction industry.

Answer: Most construction projects are complex and involve many contractual parties. Construction professionals may be liable to contractual parties for damage and loss...


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  • Subject: Quantity Surveying
  • Course: Construction Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 80%
  • Words: 813
  • Date submitted: August 14, 2011
  • Date written: July, 2011
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 3861

Question: MSc Surveying at University of Reading (College of Estate Management)
Graduate Development Programme

QUESTION 2
Once the rectification period stipulated in a JCT Standard Form building contract has expired, the employer has no recourse against the contractor for defects in the works carried out under the contract.

Discuss.

Answer: Defective works during construction is easily admissible to contractor and those that occur during defect liability period are within the contractor’s responsibility...


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  • Subject: Quantity Surveying
  • Course: Construction Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 80%
  • Words: 1348
  • Date submitted: August 14, 2011
  • Date written: July, 2011
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 3860

Question: RICS condition report - 78% - 1st year Quantity Surveying

Task One
3 B) About the inspection
4,5 C) Summary of the condition ratings
6,7 D) About the property
8,9 E) Outside the property
10,11 F) Inside the property
12,13 G) Services
14 H) Grounds
15 I) Issues for your legal advisor
16 J) Risks
Task Two
17,18 Property details
19 Location
19 Valuation

Answer: Type of property: The property is a dethatched two level house which faces west. Year the property was built: 1984 Year the...


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  • Subject: Quantity Surveying
  • Course: Quantity Surveying
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: 78%
  • Words: 1033
  • Date submitted: November 20, 2013
  • Date written: August, 2013
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 5202

Question: ASSIGNMENT 2: Your client, Acme Industrial Components, is seeking to relocate from its existing premises. Acme has instructed you to find a suitable building in which to locate its small business. It requires a building of at least 800m², with open-plan office space. The building must be of frame construction.

TASK 1: Find and obtain consent to survey a suitable wide-span building with office
accommodation in your locality. The building can be old or new, as long as it
generally meets Acme’s needs. You may find a suitable building through local agents,
or your relevant employment, or you may approach industrial estate businesses, outof-town industrial shed units, etc.

Write a 2,000-word report evaluating the existing building construction. Provide a
description of the construction method and materials, and comment on their
durability, stability and energy efficiency and their suitability to meet Acme’s needs.
Provide photographs to illustrate your building.
(30 marks)


TASK 3: Provide four different examples of how the current Building Regulations would have influenced the design of the building in Task 1 – e.g. in terms of a staircase. Illustrate your answer with photographs and sketches.

One of the examples should include fire resistance and/or escape.

Refer to the building regulations for the country in which the building is located, or the Building Regulations and the Approved Documents for England. If you are not using the Building Regulations for England, you must include a copy in English of the relevant paragraph/section of the country’s building regulations or codes in an appendix, and cross-reference this to your answer.

If these codes/regulations are not available, you should use the Building Regulations for England in their place. Copies of the Building Regulations and Approved Documents are available from the UK planning portal website at www.planningportal.gov.uk [accessed 3 February 2014].
(20 marks)

The assignment relates to commercial and industrial buildings and aims to meet the
following learning outcomes:
• Evaluating an existing structure;
• Describing legislative instruments in respect of a commercial building;
• Evaluating design and construction methods;
• Maintaining buildings.

The assignment also aims to help you develop the following skills:
• Written and graphical communication skills;
• Problem-solving skills;
• Management of information;
• Application, synthesis and evaluation of information and knowledge.

Graduate Development Programme
MSc Surveying at University of Reading (College of Estate Management)
Course: The Technology of Buildings

Assignment 2
• Level: Degree
• Year: 1st
• Mark: 23/30 or 76%
• Words: 1970 words
• Date submitted: July 21, 2014
• Date written: June, 2014

Answer: Task 1 Target building for Acme Industrial Component: Effort Industrial Building 1. General Description Effort Industrial building (“Effort”) was completed in 1978...


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  • Subject: Quantity Surveying
  • Course: MSc Surveying
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 76%
  • Words: 3411
  • Date submitted: January 29, 2015
  • Date written: June, 2014
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 6300

Question: ASSIGNMENT 1 TASK 2 Evaluate how your home meets the following criteria:
• Stability
• User requirements
• Internal environments
• Services

Use photographs and/or sketches to illustrate your answer. (30 marks)

The assignment relates to domestic buildings only and its purpose is to meet the following learning outcome:
• The application of your knowledge base in respect of the function and purpose of a domestic building in terms of user requirements, stability, internal and external environments and services.
• The assignment also aims to develop the following skills:
• Written and graphical communication;
• Problem-solving.

Graduate Development Programme
MSc Surveying at University of Reading (College of Estate Management)
Course: The Technology of Buildings

Answer: Stability Since my dwelling is a 38-storey building, I assume that the structural stability is provided by a deep foundation. There may...


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  • Subject: Quantity Surveying
  • Course: MSc Surveying
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 76%
  • Words: 1570
  • Date submitted: January 29, 2015
  • Date written: May, 2014
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 6299

Question: RESEARCH METHODS
Assignment 2

1.0 HYPOTHESIS AND OBJECTIVES REVIEW
AFTER REVIEWING YOUR HYPOTHESIS AND OBJECTIVES, REDRAFT THE HYPOTHESIS AND THE OBJECTIVES AS NECESSARY.

Hypothesis:
Sustainable refurbishment will increase the rental value achievable for existing private
sector commercial office within the Midlands region.

Research
Objectives:
1. Identify the forces driving sustainable refurbishment of the commercial office property
and the barriers that are currently hindering its widespread utilisation in the private
sector.

2. Evaluate critically the suitability of the existing private sector commercial property
stock to achieve classification as a sustainable property.

3. Explore stakeholder views of those parties identified in objective 1 and those involved
with the RICS ‘Ska Rating Tool’. Investigate the preliminary data collected by that of the
Investment Property Sustainable Index (IPSI) in order to test the hypothesis.

4. Formulate recommendations for the sector, traditionally governed by economic imperative in order to help achieve targets set in the sustainability agenda through refurbishment of existing stock.

2.0 PART A
PROVIDE AN INDICATION OF THE MOST APPROPRIATE SOURCES OF PRIMARY DATA WHICH YOU WILL NEED TO ACHIEVE THE OBJECTIVES, AND DISCUSS HOW YOU PROPOSE TO GAIN ACCESS TO THAT DATA;
(30 MARKS)

3.0 PART B
IN LIGHT OF YOUR ANSWER TO (A) ABOVE, AN OUTLINE OF THE RESEARCH METHODS YOU CONSIDER MOST APPROPRIATE TO ACHIEVE THE STATED OBJECTIVES, DISCUSSING THE RELATIVE STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF EACH. (60 MARKS)

Answer: In order to achieve the research objectives and test the validity of the hypothesis outlined previously, it is necessary to acquire and...


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  • Subject: Quantity Surveying
  • Course: Masters (MSc) in Quantity Surveying
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 76%
  • Words: 2874
  • Date submitted: June 02, 2011
  • Date written: May, 2010
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 3773

Question: MSc Surveying at University of Reading (College of Estate Management)
Graduate Development Programme
Fundamentals of Construction Practice
Assignment 2b [489 Words]

Discuss how the contractor would normally allow for the recovery of his general overheads and project overheads when a bill of quantities is used in the tendering process.


Marks will be awarded for:
quality and clarity of the discussion of general overheads;
(5 marks)
quality and clarity of the discussion of project overheads.
(5 marks)

Answer: General overheads are recovered by estimating the general costs expected to spend on a particular project. The estimator will assess the general...


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  • Subject: Quantity Surveying
  • Course: MSc Quantity Surveying
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 74%
  • Words: 486
  • Date submitted: August 14, 2011
  • Date written: November, 2009
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 3865

Question: MSc Surveying at University of Reading (College of Estate Management)
Graduate Development Programme
Fundamentals of Construction Practice
Assignment 2a

When pricing for construction works, the contractor would normally allow for the recovery of general overheads and project overheads.

Discuss the differences between the contractor’s general overheads and project overheads, and identify the items normally included in each of the two types of overhead.

Marks will be awarded for:
discussion of the differences;
(5 marks)
correct identification of the appropriate examples.
(10 marks)

Answer: The price of a construction contract typically includes a percentage added for overhead to the project's estimated cost. This addition covers the...


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  • Subject: Quantity Surveying
  • Course: Fundamentals of Construction Practice
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 74%
  • Words: 986
  • Date submitted: August 14, 2011
  • Date written: November, 2009
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 3864

Question: MSc Surveying at University of Reading (College of Estate Management)
Graduate Development Programme
FUNDAMENTALS OF CONSTRUCTION PRACTICE

QUESTION 1
Take off quantities for the substructure work up to DPC level, including the solid ground floor construction up to and including the floor screed, all as indicated on the attached appendices as follows:

Foundation Plan – Drawing K105FCP/09/01 (Appendix A)
Foundation and Ground Floor Details (Section A–A) – Drawing K105FCP/09/02 (Appendix B)
Foundation and Ground Floor Details (Section B–B) – Drawing K105FCP/09/03 (Appendix C)
Important Additional Information (Appendix D)
Specification Notes (Appendix E).
Do not extend your dimensions.


Marks will be awarded for:
the production of an appropriate query sheet and taking-off list;
(10 marks)
correct usage of dimension paper, and methodical order and neatness of the taking-off;
(10 marks)
accuracy of the measurement, including appropriate waste calculations;
(25 marks)
accuracy and clarity of the descriptions.
(20 marks)

Answer: Damp proof membrane exceeding 300mm wide, horizontal, 1200 gauge polythene with 150mm lapped at joints laid on sand blinding layer to receive...


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  • Subject: Quantity Surveying
  • Course: MSc Quantity Surveying
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 74%
  • Words: 634
  • Date submitted: August 14, 2011
  • Date written: November, 2009
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 3863

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