The measurement of building elements is a core subject for quantity surveying students. Responding to the recently published second volume of the New Rules of Measurement (NRM2) by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the 12th edition of Willis's Elements of Quantity Surveying explains, from first principles and to NRM2 standards, the measurement process for all the key building elements. This edition begins with an overview of the need for measurement and the differing rules governing measurement at different stages of the design or project cycle. As in previous editions the focus remains the detailed measurement of building elements, but the text has been fully revised in line with the NRM2 rules. A range of new and revised examples illustrating the use of NRM2 rules are a key feature of the book, which concludes with guidance on how to use the data collected during the measurement process to create the tender documents.
In the 12th edition the hallmarks of previous editions clarity and practicality have been maintained while ensuring the book is fully up to date, providing the student of quantity surveying with a first class introduction to the measurement of building elements.
Sandra Lee is Head of Product Development at the College of Estate Management in Reading. William Trench is an Associate Tutor for the College of Estate Management, Reading. Andrew Willis is Regional Managing Director at Franklin and Andrews, London.
Preface vi Acknowledgements viii Abbreviations ix 1 Introduction 1 2 Detailed Measurement 4 3 The Use of the RICS New Rules of Measurement (NRM) 10 4 Setting Down Dimensions 37 5 Alternative Systems 56 6 Preliminary Calculations 63 7 General Principles for Taking-off 70 8 Substructures 85 9 Walls 112 10 Floors 136 11 Roofs 147 12 Internal Finishes 180 13 Windows and Doors 191 14 Reinforced Concrete Structures 212 15 Structural Steelwork 225 16 Plumbing 235 17 Drainage 255 18 External Works 265 19 Demolitions, Alterations and Renovations 277 20 Preliminaries and Other Priced Bill Sections 286 21 Bill Preparation 291 Appendix: Mathematical Formulae and Applied Mensuration 308 Index 326