The Deployment and Utilisation of New Rules of Measurement within Quantity Surveying (2014)

NRM Quantity Surveying Dissertation – The construction industry has always been viewed as being the last to adopt modern technology and methods compared with other industries. The need for major change in the industry is abundantly clear as many projects in recent years have been going over budget and clients have not been satisfied with the work. This has been down to new developments in construction technology and materials.

Quantity surveyors have tried to use traditional methods to price and measure these new techniques but it has been proven that the current SMM were not adequate to do so. The creation of the New Rules of Measurement aims to change all of this and provide the client with great cost accuracy on modern projects from start to finish. This dissertation aims to analyse the impact the New Rules of Measurement have had in QS firms and whether they are being used effectively by firms that have currently adopted them. The opinions and experiences of current Quantity Surveyors have been gathered by reviewing literature on NRM and by conducting interviews with quantity surveyors from the contracting and consultancy side of the profession. The general feeling in the industry is that quantity surveyors are not utilising the NRM to its full potential and there is various reasons why this is.

Many professionals in the construction industry are against change and tend to have the opinion of “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” in regards to the current measurement rules they use (SMM7). Companies have a lack of spare capital to invest in new methods and training. As the full set of documents has not been released people are unwilling to integrate an uncompleted document into their work. A lack of guidance and information from the RICS has also been to blame.

The aim of this dissertation is to analyse how NRM is being used in the UK industry by QS professionals and to evaluate whether it is being utilised to its full potential and if it is providing effective cost certainty on construction projects.

NRM quantity surveying dissertation objectives;

  • Analyse the issues that quantity surveyors have encountered in the industry with measurement and costing
  • Compare NRM with SMM7 and how NRM can address issues arising from the use of SMM7
  • Evaluate whether NRM has had a noticeable impact on the UK QS profession since its release
  • Evaluate the problems that quantity surveyors may incur when trying to implement NRM into their everyday work and why some are against using it in the UK industry

  • 12,000 words – 42 pages in length
  • Excellent use of literature
  • Excellent statistical analysis
  • Well written throughout
  • Includes interview transcript
  • Ideal for quantity surveying students

1: Introduction
Research Aim
Research Objectives
Research Method and Scope
Chapter Descriptions

2: Literature Review
Introduction of the New Rules of Measurement
Creation of NRM
Moving Away from the Standard Method of Measurement
Requirement for NRM
Cost Planning
Managing Risk with NRM
Measurement and Quantification
Life Cycle Costing
Global Appeal of NRM
Issues encountered when Introducing NRM
Client Pressure

3: Research Design and Methodology
Research and Methodology
Research Methods Available
Quantitative Research
Qualitative Research
Selected Research Techniques
Literature Review
Semi-structured Interviews
Information Analysis

4: Interviews and Analysis
Interview Aim
Interview Structure
Rational for Interview Questions
Interview Results

5: Conclusion and Recommendations
Aims and Objectives
Comments on Objectives
Potential Research


Interview Script

NRM Quantity Surveying Dissertation
NRM Quantity Surveying Dissertation

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