Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Advanced Measurement and Bill Production

Course summary

Course code: BUIL1215
Level: 5
Credits: 15
School: Architecture, Computing and Hums
Department: Built Environment
Course Coordinator(s): Brian Cato


Pre and co requisites

Level 4 or equivalent


The ability to analyse and measure construction work forms a major core skill for quantity surveyors involved in the quantification and valuation of construction work. To maximise this ability this course further develops analytical and problem solving skills relating to the measurement and quantification of construction work. The course adopts a competency learning approach to the development and assessment of the skills.
• Further develop the techniques and principles of measurement and quantification of construction work;
• Further develop the ability to understand construction drawings and to quantify the work contained therein;
• Know and apply the published rules of measurement;
• Understand and develop the procedures involved in the production of tender information;
• Introduce and develop the use of computerised measurement packages: CATO

Learning outcomes

On completing this course successfully you will be able to:
• Measure larger and more complex construction in accordance with the New Rules of Measurement 2.
• Analyse and evaluate construction information in relation to various projects
• Appreciate the philosophy and importance of co-ordinated project information
• Prepare tender documentation
• Use CATO
• Measurement from CAD drawing direct

Indicative content

In relation to larger and more complex construction: measurement of reinforced concrete, advanced excavations and earthworks, underpinning, steelwork, piling and preparation of bills of quantities

Teaching and learning activity

The course will be delivered by a combination of methods. Measurement is workshop based and will be learned using a competency approach whereby students will be introduced to the concepts, techniques and practical approaches to the measurement of each topic. This will be lecture based. Students then undertake the measurement of an example of the work to develop their skills and the work will be assessed in terms of the competency achieved. This will be workshop based. A number of tests will also assess students’ understanding of the measurement undertaken. Students must demonstrate an acceptable level of competency in each topic and each test.


Portfolio - 100%
2000 Words or Equivalent
A portfolio of competency assessments supplemented by one test
Pass mark 40%