New trans-Tasman ‘method of measurement’ launched


The New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NZIQS), along with the Registered Master Builders Association of New Zealand (RMBA), has launched a new trans-Tasman industry guideline for what’s known as the “method of measurement”.

The Australian and New Zealand Standard Method of Measurement 2018 (ANZSMM 2018) is a trans-Tasman guideline based on the Australian Standard Method of Measurement of Building Works (6th Edition). It will replace NZS4202 Standard Method of Measurement of Building Works.

A method of measurement is used by quantity surveyors when preparing a schedule of quantities, and is a document that provides for the measure of the physical content of a building, and itemises the costs of materials, equipment and labour during the construction industry’s tendering process.

A method of measurement provides detailed information, classification tables and rules for measuring building works.

It is important that there is a uniform basis for measuring building works in order to facilitate industry-wide consistency and benchmarking, to encourage the adoption of best practice and to help avoid disputes.

“NZS4202 — the previous method of measurement industry guideline — was last reviewed in 1995, and hadn’t been updated in those 22 years,” NZIQS president Barry Calvert says.

“With the rapid pace at which our industry is moving, it is time to review our approach.”

ANZSMM 2018 is a clearer document with less opportunity for “grey” areas, and will give contractors more certainty with pricing. 


Format style used internationally

“A common method of measurement makes it easier for New Zealand and Australian companies to complete work on both sides of the Tasman, and the format style of the document is easy to follow and is used internationally,” Mr Calvert says.

RMBA chief executive David Kelly has welcomed the proposal.

“The real benefit is aligning ourselves with our counterparts in Australia. It is an opportunity to be involved in standard setting with them and, of course, to build more consistency and coherence in implementing the method of measurement standard,” Mr Kelly says.

NZIQS is arranging workshops, webinars and online tutorials to educate quantity surveyors and other industry professionals on how to use the new ANZSMM 2018.

Quantity surveying diploma and degree courses will introduce ANZSMM 2018 as the method of measurement to students in 2018.

“The ANZSMM has been a long time coming, and we are looking forward to finally putting it into action,” Mr Calvert says.

NZIQS is offering a special introductory price on the ANZSMM of $50 (normally $95). For more information, or to order copies, visit

For more information, contact NZIQS executive director Marilyn Moffatt at [email protected], or phone 04 473 5521.

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