C = Cost
A = Accuracy
S = Speed
K = Key trade analysis
Apart from a limited number of wise customers, generally speaking, clients do not wish to pay for QS services, but stand ready to blame you if costing incorrect, therefore we had to develop countermeasures to this short sighted approach.
Over the past few years, we developed our USP (unique selling point) to survive and attract business.
As we start 2020, our approach can be summed up using the above acronym CASK, with service also getting better as it ages !
Without the funding, support or key contacts to do otherwise, we had to concentrate on the honest basics and hope for the best, prayer and luck required in large measures also !
As we provide QS services on both sides of the fence, you would be surprised at the mistakes made during tender submissions, and not just from small builders.
QUANTUM was also developed to assist in the supplier inquiry task, as this area of pricing has its own problems in seeking timely quotations from uninterested salesmen. Remember, for most products and services, we only need one prompt competitive quote from each unlimited broadcasted inquiry – you the salesman should not assume you are in control of the market. Owners of products and services should carefully note that QUANTUM is a targeted 24/7 salesman for suppliers keen for business growth.
Explanation of CASK
C (Cost) Conscious of the one in five chance of winning a typical job, had to keep our QS fees cost under control, hence we developed automation of quantities from key measurements.
A (Accuracy) Allied to the automation of quantities, digitized measurement adopted on all projects, with automatic cross checking of quantities. A heat map can also be generated, showing scheme costs under differing scenarios of cost, i.e. labour rates, material discounts, profit margins etc.
S (Speed) Set a target of completing work in a fifth of the time traditionally taken. Achieved.
K (Key trade analysis) For the purpose of analysis and reporting, all schemes benefit from key trade analysis, i.e. separating out bricklaying, joinery, plastering etc. These costs, identify material and labour elements, to allow sub-contract quotations to be assessed quickly, to ensure competitive quotes being sourced from various tradesmen at the beginning of the job. Also, if a particular trade over represented in terms of cost, design changes can reduce this dependence.
That’s the unique CASK approach we use when costing schemes on behalf of clients. For builders reading this, avail of the discounted offer noted in previous blog post until St. Patrick’s Day 2020.