How does the building industry function?

The customer is the first step in every building project.

Who determines whether or not anything should be built? A property development corporation, a local government, a central government agency, a private enterprise, or an individual might be the client.

The customer chooses what they want to construct when they want it done and how much it should cost.

After that, the customer engages consultants.

They will guide design, pricing, and any applicable restrictions. The customer might hire multiple consultants or just one to help with everything. In any case, the project is usually overseen by a single consulting firm on behalf of the customer.

The following are examples of common consulting firms:

Employers in architecture practise cost consultancy (quantity surveying)
Employers in civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering.

The design part of the project is handled by consultants, who design the structure and calculate how much it will cost to build it. They determine which construction firm should undertake the work when verified. Contractors must ‘bid’ for the job, demonstrating why they are the best.

How does it feel to work as a consultant?

If you work for a consulting firm, you will be involved in the design process. Architects design the project. Quantity surveyors estimate how much the design will cost, while civil engineers ensure that the technical features on plans will work.

You work in an office… you may get to visit sites from time to time, and you may be seconded (sent) to work on a site, but this is mostly an office job.
You work regular office hours (usually 8.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.); however, you may be required to work longer hours near a deadline.

Normally, you work on several tasks at the same time.
When working on a project in its early phases, you may not see the end product for years.

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