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Building Life Cycle Cost

The Life Cycle Cost of a building is a combination of initial capital investment and a series of future operational and maintenance costs.

C. Gustav van Niekerk, B.Sc.(QS), MRICS



B.Sc. (Quantity Surveying) University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa – 1997


Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Associate Member of the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors
Associate Member of The Quantity Surveyors Society of British Columbia


Gustav van Niekerk has been employed by SSA Quantity Surveyors Ltd. since 2005 and in October 2011, became an owner and director with executive authority. He has worked as Professional Quantity Surveyor on numerous projects in the metropolitan and rural areas of Canada, England and South Africa since 1997.  His project experience ranges from single-family residential projects to major commercial projects with combined budgets of $500M. Typical responsibilities include feasibility studies, construction cost planning and estimating, financial monitoring, expert witness and project management. Gustav has a sound knowledge of construction cost estimating built upon the formal principles of quantity surveying. He is well versed in construction technology and has experience in all elements of the construction contract administration process. Gustav’s clients in Canada include Federal and Provincial Ministries, Local Authorities, BC First Nations, Private Sector Developers, Canadian Banks, Law Firms and Insurance Companies. International Clients include Hilton Hotels, Barclays Capital, London Heathrow (LHR), London Gatwick (LGW) and London Stansted (STN) Airports among others.


  • Commercial Management, Contract Administration and Cost Reporting
  • Cost Planning and Estimating: Development of detailed construction estimates and cost databases
  • Tendering and Procurement: Procurement strategies, tender analysis and tender reconciliation
  • Project controls, change control and work breakdown structure management
  • Purchasing: Construction Cost accounting, requisitions and purchase orders
  • Contractor valuation and payment, Client resource schedules, applications for payment and invoicing
  • Value Engineering during design and Risk Management
  • Public-Private Partnership (P3/PPP) Independent Certifier and Service Commencement Management
  • Mediation and Expert Witness reporting associated with contractual disputes
  • Management of final accounts including change control, variations and final account agreement