Willis’s Elements of Quantity Surveying

Willis’s Elements of Quantity Surveying

This book was first published in 1935, and in the preface to that first
it stated that it was intended ‘to be a book giving everything in
its simplest form and to assist a student to a good grounding in first
Each successive edition has been brought up to date; however,
we have always striven to maintain the original guiding principles, which
are as relevant today as they were 70 years ago.
Whilst the use of the traditional bill of quantities continues to decline
and today is only one of a variety of options open to the industry for the
procurement of construction contracts, nevertheless, the skills of measurement
are still very much required in some form or another under
most procurement routes.

This edition recognises the publication by the Royal Institution of
Chartered Surveyors (RICS) of the second volume of the New Rules of
Measurement – Detailed Measurement for Building Works (NRM2), and
the text has been updated accordingly.
The basic structure of the book generally follows that of previous
setting down the measurement process from first principles
and assuming the reader is coming fresh to the subject.
Whilst it is recognised that modern computerised measurement techniques
utilising standard descriptions might appear far removed from
traditional taking-off, it is only by fully grasping such basic principles
measurement that they can be adapted and applied to alternative
It is for this reason that the examples continue to be written in
traditional form.


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