The Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS) has promised to put in place effective regulatory framework to ensure professionalism and effective service delivery.
Speaking at the Third Research Conference (RECON), themed ‘Confluence of Research, Theory and Practice in the Built environment’ held in Bauchi, the National President, Mercy Iyortyer, said that the conference is aimed at undertaking research into project development cycle and making such information available to its members.
She said that the research conference, which began in 2013, is also aimed at stimulating debates and discussions between researchers and practitioners as well as a basis for new areas of research in Quantity Survey and the construction industry.
“This conference will provide an avenue for the academia to interact with the practitioners. It will enhance capacity development for both groups. It will also provide sufficient opportunities for our members especially those in the academia to present papers. Together we can seek for ways to adopt the findings of research as means of growing the profession and promoting our influence, “she said.
Abba Bello Ingawa noted while delivering a paper titled ‘Exploring Current and Future Roles of Quantity Surveyors In Nigerian Construction: Significance Of Education, Training And Research, that there is need for constant innovation and Research by quantity surveyors for them to be relevant, the traditional quantity surveyor lags behind the current and future anticipated needs of practicing Quantity Surveyors for them to be at the frontier of the knowledge required to improve business opportunities and services offered to clients of the built environment.
He however informed that a modern Quantity Surveyor provides an alternative through provision of better Cost and value management and project management and other services.
In reality, the Quantity Surveyor uses his technical function to create tools such as cost plans, bills of quantities, cost control models, life cycle costing etc, “he said