Re-Imagining Quantity Surveying

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Abstract ̶ As with all major global events, life will never be the same. The Covid pandemic has created the opportunity for us all to engage in new way of working. For most this has meant a rapid transition to digitalisation for all key aspects of our work. Timing will be everything for those students newly graduating, in the next few years, from professional built environment programmes. Why so? Industry 4.0 - Society has accepted the digital future. Accepting the digital future is going to challenge the age-old way of producing buildings ranging from design, to procurement, to construction and then delivering a built asset to clients/end users as well as managing the built asset throughout its life cycle. However, the biggest challenge will not be the attainment of a new skill set, but more importantly it is about creating a sense of identity. This sense of identity nexus permeates all aspects of society, from reimaging our cities, to workspaces to homes and communities. Therefore, must we re-imagine our professional roles, not within the industry but within society. Societies emerging post pandemic will be influenced in part by the physical and built environment. These physical and built assets will be shaped, in part, by new emerging clients. Clients such as Google and Amazon where technology is intrinsic with their being, together with the drive for sustainable resilient cities and high streets, ergo creating a global and digital industry in which our profession must compete. Yet the focus should not be on technologies but on a re-imaging, what is going to impact on society first. Thinking, behaving, and acting beyond our traditional construction industry remits creates an opportunity for diversification. The construction industry’s role within society means that the professional will require diverse skills sets beyond those of traditional technical competencies. This creates challenges for providers of construction professional programmes. Initial challenges will be to ensure programmes are instilling the broader adaptable skills including digitalisation, data driven competencies and flexibility. This study considers these wider skills sets of undergraduate quantity surveying students at Ulster University. The study seeks to determine the student perception of their role within societies emerging post pandemic and their readiness to embrace Industry 4.0.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 21 Sept 2021
EventCITA BIM GATHERING CONFERENCE 2021 - Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 21 Sept 202123 Sept 2021


Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Quantity surveying,
  • digitisation
  • professional


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