Advanced Measurement

Module summary

Module code: BUIL1270
Level: 5
Credits: 15
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Design
Module Coordinator(s): George Agyekum-Mensah / Roy Hills / Maryam Sheikholeslami


Pre and co requisites

Successful completion of Level 4 modules.


The ability to analyse and measure construction work forms a major core skill for quantity surveyors and others involved in the quantification and valuation of construction work.
This course:
• develops analytical and problem-solving skills relating to the measurement and quantification of simple construction work;
• adopts a competency learning approach to the development and assessment of the skills;
• develops the basic techniques and principles of measurement and quantification of construction work utilising industry standards;
• developing the ability to understand construction drawings and to quantify the work contained therein;
• knowledge and application of the published rules /standards of measurement (building & civil) ;

Learning outcomes

To become a professional, the Quantity Surveyor needs to develop several skills, understand different concepts and appreciate techniques used by other professionals within the built environment.
1 Measure various elements of construction in accordance with relevant rules & standards;
2 Analyse and evaluate construction information in relation to various projects,
demonstrating technical ability
3 development awareness and usefulness of software measurement and Bill preparation as well as to appreciate the philosophy and importance of co-ordinated project information;
4 Demonstrate collaborative working and presentation skills

Indicative content

• Carrying out taking-off of a more complex project including substructure; cut & fill, piled foundations & drainage and super structure including steel & concrete frame;
• Application of relevant sections of NRM2 & CESMM4 where applicable
• Developing the techniques of taking off and mensuration using industry rules and recording measurements utilising appropriate software;
• Production of Bills of Quantities for measured work in accordance with industry norm;

Teaching and learning activity

The delivery of the module using a workshop-based approach will create interactive sessions in which students learn from question and answer and feedback on work in progress. Sessions are timetabled in stimulating environment that is conducive to learning and teaching and to suit the `practice’ ethos of the module, such as studios, workshop, computer labs where students are encourage to work both; individual and collaboratively on a given project.
• Classes are expected to be very interactive and staff lead with examples which demonstrate principles and assist students on formative work.


Portfolio: 80% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning Outcomes: 1 - 4.
Outline Details: Selection of building components such as piling, drainage or frame for presentation.

Individual Submission: 20% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning Outcomes: 1 - 3.
Outine Details: Bill Production.

Formative Assessment: In class steering on coursework assignments, interaction at PCs in the computer lab enabling questions and answers around work in progress. Model answers on exercises undertaken in class subsequently posted on Moodle.