A whole life costing input tool for surveyors in UK local government

Kirsty Hunter (School of the Built and Natural Environment, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK)
Subashini Hari (School of the Built and Natural Environment, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK)
John Kelly (School of the Built and Natural Environment, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK)

Structural Survey

ISSN: 0263-080X

Publication date: 1 December 2005

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of the project was to develop a framework document and input tool for use in local government to enable quantity surveyors and others with enough knowledge to produce a life cycle costing analysis with the minimum of effort. The general perception in the surveying profession of the complex formulae associated with whole life costing (WLC) has led to it being described by local government as “a nebulous concept that falls on deaf ears”. This paper seeks to describe research to develop a user‐friendly approach using a generic software input tool accompanied by a framework document designed specially to assist in WLC analyses. An explanation of the mathematical formulae used is also given.

Design/methodology/approach

The research project was commissioned by the Society of Construction Quantity Surveyors (SCQS) in mid‐2004 and to date has involved the development of a framework document and WLC input tool which has been tested by local government. The project is in the final stages of completion and training on WLC and use of the developed input tool has commenced.

Findings

The feedback from use of the developed tool by local government quantity surveyors has been positive and the benefits of using such a tool are evident amongst the surveying profession.

Practical implications

The researchers have had to overcome a number of challenges to ensure the effective running of the tool to the satisfaction of the prospective users – quantity surveyors in local government.

Originality/value

A framework document and software tool have been specifically developed for use by quantity surveyors in UK local government.

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Citation

Hunter, K., Hari, S. and Kelly, J. (2005), "A whole life costing input tool for surveyors in UK local government", Structural Survey, Vol. 23 No. 5, pp. 346-358. https://doi.org/10.1108/02630800510635092

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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