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Welcome to the HKIS QS APC Forum. This forum is set up in mid-2004 by the Junior Organisation (now called "Young Surveyors Group") CPD Team(QS). In this forum, feel free to post notes or questions concerning QS APC Exam. Senior QS members would visit this site and answer queries raised by young members. We encourage posts from opposing points of view... we will not censor based on your position. We do ask, however, that all posts remain in good taste and free of obscenities. Posts deemed inappropriate will be removed or edited. THIS INCLUDES PERSONAL ATTACKS OR NAME CALLING. Thanks for your cooperation! I would like to ask that you please respect our forum by not spamming it with links to other sites, test posts or posts in languages other than English and Chinese. All posts of this sort will be removed. Thank you!! Please limit your discussions to QS and APC topics. Thanks!

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DRM & EOTUndergraduate, Wed May 4 11:46am
What is DRM, and how it actually apply in construction project? What is it relationship with EOT? thx=)

Shall we apply the BoQ/SOR lump sum rate items as prorata basis to valuation the Variation Works if the nature of works are similar?

EOT Sub-Clause 25.1Szeto, Wed Mar 12, 2014 6:42pm
In Sub-Clause 25.1(2)(b), could you please elaborate with example about "set out the material circumstances including the cause of the delay".

EOT for NSC in NSC New FormAPC, Sun Jun 23, 2013 12:21pm
Dear KC, As per the captioned New NSC form, it has two method of contract administration for handling EOT claim from NSC. One method is for where NSC is its own commencement date and completion date in NSC contract. Another Method is for where NSC do not have programme but to suit the programme of NSC. My question is... more

Dear KC, If it is the case that: The scope of the hoarding and foundation contractor is: 1. construction of the hoarding and foundation works; and 2. Provision of management service to the Site (about 3 months) before the Main Contractor comes in to take the possession of the Site. PC cert. will be issued when the... more

Bill of Approximate QuantityStudent, Mon Nov 5, 2012 11:05pm
Dear KC 1. Is there any benefits and impacts of using ˇ§Bills of Approximate Quantities from a QS/client/contractor view point? 2. Will QS'workload increase while using BAQ which is a remeasurement contract? thank you

Calculation of discount factorW, Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:23pm
Dear KC, Backgorund information: In the preparation of Letter of Award, (i) an arithmetical error was found in the return tender where a discoun factor was not required. (In the conditions of tender the said arith. error will be adjusted by one figure.) (ii) A lump sum discount offer provided by the contractor which... more

Adjustment FactorW, Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:10pm
Dear KC, Background information: During tender analysis (lump sum drawings and specification with SOR), an arithmetical error was found in one of the tenders which leads to adjustment factor (a discount factor). At this moment, a post tender addendum issued due to revised scope of works where some of the original... more

Quantum claimWK, Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:32pm
dear expert, MC issued LOI to SC and requested SC early commencement of works. And both parties end up no terms and conditions agreed. No contract was formed. SC claimed Quantum Merit. How about MC, MC also suffered loss like supervision, management, did MC entitle some compensation ? And how to asses SC quantum ? I... more

Standard Form of Agreement between Employer and EngineerTimothy, Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:43am
May I know any sources except FIDIC for a reference Standard Form of Agreement between Employer & Engineer (For construction a Pontoon) used in HK?

Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP)QS Newbie, Tue Jan 10, 2012 3:22pm
Under the target cost contract of guaranteed maximum price (GMP), there may be a risks register to identify the risks of contractor and the risks of employer in order for them to apportion the risks for their respective liabilities and establish the basis for risks-sharing mechanism. 1) Would the costs of contractor's ... more

Treatment of High/Low Rate ItemsQS Newbie, Sun Jan 8, 2012 8:28pm
For high/low rate items of firm B.Q. or lump sum SOR based on drawings and specifications, a fair rate would be proposed for valuing future variations to the extent that it shall be applied for omissions from or additions to the quantity of B.Q. items. However, I have come across some projects of lump sum SOR based on ... more

Contract Period VS Construction PeriodQS newbie, Mon Dec 5, 2011 2:25pm
Contract period refers to the period of between Works Commencement Date and Works Completion Date stated in the Appendix, and it covers the extended period, if any, until the issue of P.C. Cert. a) Is the contract period deemed as construction period although there is no defined term stated in SFC. b) Could we... more

  • NSC's claim for additional paymentQS newbie, Mon Dec 5, 2011 2:24pm
    Pursuant to clause 27.4(3) of SFC 2005 (With Qty), "the amount ascertained to the claim for additional payment for direct loss and/or expense incurred by the NSC shall be added to the sub-contract sum" which shall be adjusted against the prime cost sum (PC sum) under the main contract. In this connection, the... more

  • Analysis of delayQS newbie, Mon Dec 5, 2011 2:23pm
    Could you please briefly describe the difference between the net approach and the dot-on approach in analyzing the delay?

  • Performance bondQS newbie, Mon Dec 5, 2011 2:22pm
    What would be the estimated amount of the extra costs due to non-performance that should be covered by the performance bond.

  • Patent defects VS latent defectsQS newbie, Mon Dec 5, 2011 2:21pm
    Defects rectified in defects liability period (DLP) are regarded as patent defects. a) Are the defects deemed as patent defects which have been discovered in the period of time between an issue of defects rectification certificate and an issue of final certificate? b) Which is the cut-off point of time as to... more

  • Defects, Bond, Delay, NSC's Claim & Contrat PeriodQS newbie, Sat Dec 3, 2011 8:50pm
    Could you please kindly advise on the following questions:- 1) Patent defects VS latent defects Defects rectified in defects liability period (DLP) are regarded as patent defects. a) Are the defects deemed as patent defects which have been discovered in the period of time between an issue of defects rectification... more

  • Past Message Q&A ArchiveTony Cheung, Sat Oct 15, 2011 10:29am
    I refer to a message long time ago 7 Sept 2004 in which Mr Joseph Chong mentioned a Q&A Archive would be done for some older messages. I wish to obtain the copies. How can I get it?

  • RICS APCWK, Sun Oct 2, 2011 3:56pm
    dear expert, did any one know what is the major questions that will be asked during the RICS APC ? I know the following topics are neccessary 1.method of estimation and pros and cons 2.sustainability 3.professional ethic many thanks WK

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