Traditionally, a quantity surveyor worked in a construction environment. Their role was to manage the costs, inventory and timeline of a construction project. They were essentially the accountants within the building sector. They were required to identify costs which could be avoided and which would not add value to the finished build. They were responsible for managing contracts and applications from planning permission to client sign off. Not only would they be responsible for cost control and financial measures, but building measurements too. The quantity surveyor would manage the construction project from start to finish including tender applications. Essentially a quantity surveyor played the role of manager, advisor, economist, accountant and construction planner, which was all rolled into one title.