Project Cost Control

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Course outline
Course structure and materials
Length of course
CPD hours
Learning outcome
Competency standards

Course outline

This course demystifies the complex area of cost control of building projects, from the early design phases, through contract documentation, the tender period, and up to the completion of construction.

Presenter Steve Grimes, outlines the services that Quantity Surveyors provide and also discusses cost planning verses estimating, verses preparation of quotations, and the difference between each of these.

He looks at the steps involved in the cost planning of a project, when (and how) the advice should be provided, and when to ask questions of your quantity surveyor.


Steve Grimes, Director, PlanCost

Steve is the director of PlanCost Australia, a firm of consulting Quantity Surveyors who provide building cost advice to architects and building owners.

He is a qualified Quantity Surveyor and registered building practitioner with thirty years experience in the field.

Course structure and materials

  • Audio-visual Flash presentation
  • Self-assessment

    Length of course

    1 hour

    Continuing professional development hours



    1 formal Continuing Professional Development (CPD) point.

    Learning outcome

    After completing this course you should be able to:

  • Outline the range of services that a QS can provide.
  • Explain the difference between an estimate, a quote, a tender and a Cost Plan.
  • Describe when to use QS services and what information they will need from you and the other consultants.
  • Outline the best course of action if your project is over budget.
  • Explain how to present a Cost Plan to your client, particularly if the project is over budget.
  • Describe some of the common pitfalls in preparing Cost Plans and how to avoid them.

    National Competency Standards in Architecture

    Project Delivery and Documentation


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