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Guide to Measurement Using the New Rules of Measurement



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This is the 1st edition with a publication date of 12/9/2013.
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The RICS New Rules of Measurement mean that the construction industry now has a way of allowing a more consistent approach to the measurement of buildings from the start of a project right through until the end, and beyond ... Despite the increased use of models, BIM systems, 3D sketches and drawings it is still crucial to understand what to measure and how to measure it. This guide explains the process of measurement under the NRM with plenty of diagrams, worked examples and explanations. A practical and detailed exercise accompanies each chapter and the solutions to the exercises with a self-assessment marking sheets are also provided on the companion website. To help demonstrate the concepts and practices more clearly, the website also contains PowerPoint slides with a verbal commentary which follows and explains the narratives, drawings and examples.

Author Biography

Sean Ostrowski, BSc PhD PGCHE FRICS FCIOB FCIArb, Chartered Quantity Surveyor and has practised in the full range of quantity surveying services for over 30 years, specialising in the field of dispute resolution for both the professional and contracting sectors. He has been a lecturer for several years.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 Introduction

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Standard methods of measurement

1.3 Contract documentation

Chapter 2 A practical introduction to measurement

2.1 A practical introduction to measurement

2.2 Measurement procedure

2.3 Self assessment exercise: Protocols

Chapter 3 Corners

3.1 Measurement information

3.2 Methodology

3.3 Practical example: External dimensions

3.4 Self assessment exercise: Internal and external dimensions

Chapter 4 Substructure

4.1 Measurement information

4.2 Technology

4.3 Practical example: Doctors surgery

4.4 Self assessment exercise: Trench foundations

Chapter 5 Basement

5.1 Measurement information

5.2 Technology

5.3 Practical example: Brick basement to adjacent building

5.4 Self assessment exercise: Basement to office building

Chapter 6 Sloping site

6.1 Measurement information

6.2 Technology

6.3 Practical example: Pair of houses

6.4 Self assessment exercise: Grid of levels

Chapter 7 Underpinning

7.1 Measurement information

7.2 Technology

7.3 Practical example: Underpinning to basement

7.4 Self assessment exercise: Trench excavation

Chapter 8 Reinforced concrete frame

8.1 Measurement information

8.2 Technology

8.3 Practical example: RC Frame

8.4 Self assessment exercise: Formwork

Chapter 9 Brickwork

9.1 Measurement information

9.2 Technology

9.3 Practical example: External and internal walls

9.4 Self assessment exercise: Structural openings in brickwork

Chapter 10 Openings, windows and doors

10.1 Measurement information

10.2 Technology

10.3 Practical example: Openings, windows and painting in brickwork

10.4 Self assessment exercise: Openings and doors

Chapter 11 Flat roofs

11.1 Measurement information

11.2 Technology

11.3 Practical example: Lift shaft roof

11.4 Self assessment exercise: Gutters

Chapter 12 Pitched roofs

12.1 Measurement information

12.2 Technology

12.3 Practical example: Hipped roof

12.4 Self assessment exercise: Tiling to roof

Chapter 13 Steelwork

13.1 Measurement information

13.2 Technology

13.3 Practical example: Agricultural building

13.4 Self assessment exercise: Steelwork pergola

Chapter 14 Partitions

14.1 Measurement information

14.2 Technology

14.3 Practical example: Hostel first floor

14.4 Self assessment exercise: Hostel ground floor

Chapter 15 Curtain walling

15.1 Measurement information

15.2 Technology

15.3 Practical example: Aircraft showroom gridline 1

15.4 Self assessment exercise: Aircraft showroom gridline A

Chapter 16 Finishes

16.1 Measurement information

16.2 Technology

16.3 Practical example: Medical centre

16.4 Self assessment exercise: Floor, wall and ceiling finishes

Chapter 17 Drainage

17.1 Measurement information

17.2 Technology

17.3 Practical example: West wing

17.4 Self assessment exercise: Drainage to patio and drive

Chapter 18 Domestic plumbing

18.1 Measurement information

18.2 Technology

18.3 Practical example: Penthouse hot and cold water & soil and waste pipework

18.4 Self assessment exercise: Two bed house

Chapter 19 Mechanical services

19.1 Measurement information

19.2 Technology

19.3 Practical example: Penthouse air conditioning

19.4 Self assessment exercise: Ventilation

Chapter 20 Electrical services

20.1 Measurement information

20.2 Technology

20.3 Practical example: Penthouse small power

20.4 Self assessment exercise: Penthouse lighting

Chapter 21 External works

21.1 Measurement information

21.2 Technology

21.3 Practical example: Retaining walls

21.4 Self assessment exercise: Fencing

Chapter 22 Preliminaries

22.1 Preliminaries

22.2 Overheads and profit

22.3 Practical example: Schedule of preliminaries

22.4 Self assessment exercise: Weekly costs

Chapter 23 Computer aided taking off

23.1 Introduction

23.2 Screen based learning

23.3 Practical example: CATO Click by click guide substructure

23.4 Self assessment exercise: CATO RC frame

Chapter 24 Preparation of bills of quantities

24.1 BQ preparation

24.2 Conclusion

24.3 Practical example: Abstract & BQ for RC Frame

24.4 Self assessment exercise: Abstract & BQ for substructure


1a. Blank double dimension paper

1b. Self assessment marking sheet

2. Answer to exercise: Ch. 2 Protocols

3. Answer to exercise: Ch. 3 Corners

4. Answer to exercise: Ch. 4 Trenches

5. Answer to exercise: Ch. 5 Basement

6. Answer to exercise: Ch. 6 Grid of levels

7. Answer to exercise: Ch. 7 Bays

8. Answer to exercise: Ch. 8 Formwork

9/10. Answer to exercise: Ch. 9/10Structural openings in brickwork

11. Answer to exercise: Ch. 11 Gutters

12. Answer to exercise: Ch. 12 Tiling

13. Answer to exercise: Ch. 13 Pergola

14. Answer to exercise: Ch. 14 Hostel ground floor

15. Answer to exercise: Ch. 15 Grid line A

16. Answer to exercise : Ch. 16 F, W & C finishes

17. Answer to exercise: Ch. 17 Drainage to patio

18. Answer to exercise : Ch. 18 Plumbing to two bed house

19. Answer to exercise: Ch. 19 Ventilation

20. Answer to exercise: Ch. 20 Lighting

21. Answer to exercise: Ch. 21 Fencing

22. Answer to exercise: Ch. 22 Preliminaries

23. Answer to exercise: Ch. 23 CATO

24. Answer to exercise: Ch. 24 BQs



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