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Available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 4.0 International Licence


Architecture engineering, Construction engineering

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Report by Tony Cunningham, Dublin Institute of Technology, 2017.


This demonstration involves the measurement of 'traditional' external brick and block cavity walls and internal block partitions. The demonstration is addressed to students taking (Irish) measurement or quantities modules at first year / entry level of quantity surveying related programmes. The worked example has been carried out using traditional handwritten quantity surveying processes on traditional dimension paper. It is acknowledged that this would be carried out using measurement software or on-screen measurement technology in actual practice. The traditional handwritten approach has been retained in order to enable novice students to develop the necessary measurement skills and build confidence through direct contact with drawn media and written taking off processes. In addition the presentation illustrates how the work may be laid out under typical examination conditions.

The demonstration has been kept simple in the interests of clarity but nevertheless accords with the principles of the Agreed Rules of Measurement (ARM4 – 2009) and aims to provide a foundation for the measurement of more challenging scenarios.