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NZIQS Research Study:

Escalation in New Zealand Construction

In 2017, Rider Levett Bucknall undertook industry engagement research to understand what the key factors are in causing escalation in the NZ Construction market, and what effects these have on current projects.

Steve Gracey and Bradley Cole presented the findings at the NZIQS Conference in June 2017. A summary of the key points from this industry research can be viewed here.

"Quantity Surveyors' Services in the Project Delivery Process:
Stakeholder Perceptions of Value, Strengths and Areas for Improvement"

The results of the NZIQS research project were presented to the PAQS Conference held in Christchurch in May 2016.

See full presentation here.(PDF 4MB)

The key objectives of the research were to investigate:

  1. Levels of importance stakeholders attach to the QSs' services at the various stages of the project delivery process

  2. How stakeholders perceive the QSs' performance of those services

  3. Key Strengths and weaknesses of the QSs and areas for improvement in their service based on the outcome of Importance-Performance matrix analysis

  4. Perceived added value of the Consultant and Contractor QSs' services in the project delivery process

NZIQS Research Group goals and purpose: 

  • Investigating the critical problems the profession may have in routine business operations and proffer evidence-based solutions that support competitiveness, business success and growth 
  • Assuring the quality of QS research activities in New Zealand 
  • Fostering the delivery of the strategic objectives of the NZIQS by commissioning and disseminating the findings of research
  • Promoting practical and industry-relevant research in the New Zealand tertiary education sector
  • Engagement with PAQS partners and wider research community and encourage new researchers 
  • Leverage other research funding opportunities  

An additional long-term goal is to engage more with other industry professionals.

In November 2014, the Research Committee surveyed industry to understand from the market what areas of the profession could benefit from quality research, that could in turn produce solutions to support business success and growth.

A summary of those results is here 

Members of the research group:

Sam Lomax (chair) -

Jasper Mbachu

David Doherr



4th New Zealand Built Environment Research Symposium (NZBERS) 2014

NZIQS was proud to be a sponsor of the 2014 series of the New Zealand Built Environment Research Symposium (NZBERS), held on 14 November 2014 on the Albany campus of Massey University. The symposium brought together built environment researchers in the New Zealand universities to disseminate their research findings or works-in-progress to industry practitioners, policy makers and regulators. It also provided opportunity for researchers and industry stakeholders to exchange ideas and work towards collaborating in areas of mutual research interests.

For the full NZBERS 2014 Proceedings Report click here