Any quantity surveyors out there?

Discussion in 'Army Reserve' started by arby, Oct 22, 2007.

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  1. about to begin serious discussions with the partners of the practice I work for regarding the TA and was wondering if there were any other QS's who are TA and if they can suggest the best approach? I know sabre has information but was hoping to hear from some TA people directly.
  2. What is the nature of the discussion? Is there anything specific to being a QS?
  3. I'm not a QS, I am however a real chartered surveyor, Building surveyor.

    If your thinking about joining, I'd suggest you come to 170 Eng Gp at Chilwell, Nottingham. Its a nationally recruited Specialist unit, ie we dont do lots of weekends or a midweek evening, our minimum commitment is 19 days a year. Your 2 week annual camp and MATT's weekends covers that little lot, thought there is the opportunity to do more.
  4. and so starts the debate over who's APC is harder :twisted: thanks dropshot, but Im based in dundee and have started the process with QOY. did you have any issues with your employer addressing the issues with TA v's contracts commitments? We have a pretty fast turn over of jobs and I know that they will be concered with any impact onto the workload.
  5. Not sure about problems with the practice and TA Commintments, think you will just have to ask !

    As for being a QS, take yourself out the back and have a word. As a former QS, im so glad i re qualified as BS, much more interesting !!

    Just couldnt stomach another take off or cost plan.

    DropshortRE, were you a reg or always TA? Did you train post leaving the army?

    ps. QS APC is an attendance course....discuss !!

  6. Im going to rise above this and not engage is petty tit for tat. I leave you with this:

    A tourist walked into a pet shop and was looking at the animals on display. While he was there, another customer walked in and said to the shopkeeper, "I'll have an CAD monkey please."

    The shopkeeper nodded, went over to a cage at the side of the shop and took out a monkey. He fitted a collar and leash, handed it to the customer, saying, "That'll be £12,000." The customer paid and walked out with his monkey.

    Startled, the tourist went over to the shopkeeper and said, "That was a very expensive monkey. Most of them are only few hundred dollars. Why did that one cost so much?"

    The Shopkeeper answered, "Ah, that monkey can draw in CAD - very fast, clear layouts, no mistakes, well worth the money."

    The tourist looked at a monkey in another cage. "That one's even more expensive! £35,000! What does it do?"

    "Oh, that one's a QS Monkey; it can take off quants, produce valuations, compile contracts, do cost control reports, some even do value angineering. All the really useful stuff," said the shopkeeper.

    The tourist looked around for a little longer and saw a third monkey in a cage of its own. The price tag around its neck read £50,000. He gasped to the shopkeeper, "That one costs more than all the others put together! What on earth does it do?"

    The shopkeeper replied, "Fuck knows, but he says he's a building surveyor."
  7. Why tell?

    If you are mobilised, it will be because you will have volunteered - tell them then (when you lose your job).
  8. Arby,

    If you want to do this QS stuff in green, then When you joinyou would be better off joining the RE than the QOY. Most (not all) people who join the TA do it for something different.

    I am not a QS however I have a degree in Calcium Anthropology. Which is no use to me in the Infantry.

  9. Arby, 71 Engrs based at RAF Leuchars could be worth a call
  10. cheers Englishspringer, I was looking at them today. Bruce is (sadly, once again :D ) right, am looking for a change. The reason I asked specifically abut QSs is the nature of being assigned a contract and being responsible to its completion. I know that mobilisation is a long way off for me, but its trying to find ways to demonstrate the benefits to the boss. There's a section on the form tracy that the employer has to sign, or is that optional? :twisted:

    and calcium anthropology? Steven Wrights finest.

    "I bought a dog the other day...I named him Stay. It's fun to call him..."Come here, Stay! Come here, Stay!" He went insane. Now he just ignores me and keeps typing."
  11. Hee hee! I knew someone would catch me out with that line one day!

    The truth is I still don't know what I want to do when I leave school. Well, I am only twelve!

    And your jokes are pants!
  12. a Scottish QS - I bet the client loves you! :p
  13. the one time tightness is a benefit.
  14. Arby, fantastic analogy of the duties of a BS !!!

    Pished myself.
  15. Not optional. But telling your employer that you are joining the TA and telling him that you may be in sandier climes are two different levels of communication.

    There are plenty of 'plus' points that you could regale him/her/them with although joke telling won't be one of them.