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Quantity Takeoff and Measurement Approaches in Construction


Take off quantities on dimension paper in accordance with NRM2 for the internal finishes/decoration (floor, wall, ceiling and skirting) and masonry (superstructure only -  external and internal walls) as shown on the assignment drawings You may assume/note the following (this is not a complete list of assumptions you may wish to make);

• Note you are not required to extend your dimensions

• External wall : 102.5 brickwork outer leaf, 50 thick cavity and 100 thick inner leaf blockwork

• Internal wall : 100 thick blockwork

• Ceiling and Wall Finish : Disregard ‘paper’, take off two coats emulsion paint

• Floor to ceiling height = 2.70m

• Ground floor construction is of a concrete slab

• Door threshold strips not required – assume Room 4 finish at door thresholds Marks will be awarded for (see also Appendix I):

o the production of an appropriate query sheet and taking-off list;

o correct usage of dimension paper, and methodical order and presentation of the taking-off;

o accuracy of the measurement, including appropriate waste calculations;

o accuracy and clarity of the descriptions.

b. Discuss the various approaches to measurement and when they should be used in relation to the RIBA Plan of Work and NRM suite of documents. Your answer should discuss the purpose of selecting a particular approach for a task (costing, billing etc..) and why it is the most appropriate over other methods. (Approximately 2,000 words) Marks will be awarded for:

• quality of your responses to the question posed, including evidence of wider research and reading;

• overall presentation of your essay, including appropriate citing and referencing.

Work graded in this category is generally of an acceptable standard. The coursework submission tends to be a solid piece of work which answers the question set, shows evidence of familiarity with available texts; provides a reasoned analysis of the main issues; reaches a clear conclusion in a generally focused and well written manner, making good use of citations, quotations and references. There is room for improvement in depth of analysis and ability to frame and develop coherent arguments using evidence to support the case; also, there is room for expansion in the breadth of reading and supporting literature cited.

Work in this category is of an standard that exhibits a number of characteristics which indicate that there is substantial room for improvement, e.g. in terms of the analysis undertaken, the literature reviewed, the standard of the written English, the sharpness of focus on the question or remit, the sophistication of the analysis provided and the use of correctly referenced sources.

Work in this category falls down in at least one of the categories indicated above, to such an extent that the work as a whole falls below the required standard. Work in this category is very weak and well short of a pass level. It exhibits failure to address the one or more of the following: the question set; failure to identify the issues accurately; failure to understand and use core concepts; lack of analysis and discussion on the key issues; failure to distinguish between important and unimportant facts and theories; failure to understand or interpret the main arguments in the literature; failure to cite sources; failure to provide proper references; failure to develop reasoned argument; absence of coherent structure; a poor standard of sentence construction, grammar & spelling

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