The Society of Chartered Surveyors (SCS) is Ireland's largest construction and property professional body for Chartered Surveyors practicing in the Republic of Ireland, and currently has over 2,200 corporate members and in excess of 1,000 probationers practicing in all areas of the property and construction industries. The Society has strong links with the RICS, which represents over 110,000 members across 120 countries worldwide, and is one of the most respected and high profile global standards and membership organisations for professioanls involved in land, valuation, property, construction and enviromental issues.
Who are the members?:
Members of the Society are typically professionals employed in the land, property and construction markets through private practice, in central, regional and local government, in public agencies, in academic institutions, in business organisations and in non-governmental organisations. Members are at the forefront of decisions that initiate real, positive changes in the built and natural environments in which we live. A chartered Surveyor is a professional who practices in one of seven areas of the Property & Construction Industry as follows:
Chartered Valuation (General Practice) Surveyors:
Also known as the General Practice Surveyor, they undertake a variety of activities, but are mainly concerned with estate agency, valuation, development and management of property. In valuation General Practice Surveyors advise in connection with all real estate matters, including the valuation of property for various purposes -such as open market value, acquisition, disposal, insurance, rent review, mortgage, taxation, rating and compulsory purchase. Most valuation surveyors are engaged in private practice, but many are also employed in the Public Service.
Chartered Quantity Surveyors:
A Chartered Quantity Surveyor is the economist for the construction industry and is also referred to as a Construction Cost Consultant. The Chartered Quantity Surveyor is central to the decision making process throughout the development of a project from initial inception to final completion. They advise building owners and architects on probable cost of construction schemes and on the costs of alternative designs. They prepare cost plans for projects which enable the design team to arrive at practical designs for projects to stay within budget. They also act as Project Managers. The Chartered Quantity Surveyor is a major contributor to the success of all types of projects in all sectors of the industry including healthcare, education, public buildings, retail and commercial, residential, leisure and infrastructure projects.
Chartered Planning & Development Surveyors:
A planning and development surveyor investigates, plans, assesses and manages proposals to either build new developments or organise the refurbishment of existing buildings in urban and rural areas. Planning and development takes into account both the physical and social impact of the built environment and the commercial viability of any proposals. Employers include central and local government, property firms, developers, banks and insurance companies. Surveyors advise on issues such as: development options; site planning; transport and other infrastructure; compulsory purchase and compensation; conservation area policy; and general property matters.
Chartered Building Surveyors:
Chartered Building Surveyors offer a specialised service in all matters relating to construction, including the restoration of old buildings and the construction of new. Building surveying firms are involved in areas such as project management, design, planning and expert witness. They may also work in local authority building control or specialized areas such as Fire Safety and Conservation.
Chartered Geomatics Surveyors:
A Chartered Geomatics Surveyor surveys and maps the features of the earth’s surface for a wide variety of purposes. Activities extend to mapping large and sometimes remote areas of the world or the sea bed, for oil exploration, engineering construction, port development etc.
Chartered Mineral Surveyors:
The Chartered Minerals Surveyor is an expert in the economics and practice of Minerals Surveying. They provide advice and assistance in the full life cycle of mineral development, from initial prospecting, through the period of extraction to restoration, and the ultimate after use.
Chartered Rural Practice Surveyors:
The Chartered Rural Practice Surveyor is concerned with the management of agricultural land, including forestry. Work includes the valuation, sale and management of rural property. They are also concerned with rural planning.