Until the advent of activity schedules in the previous two decades, bills of quantities were probably the most used pricing/payment mechanism in construction contracts. The BoQ was used to break down and explain the tender price (pricing) and it was used to make regular monthly payments for work done (payment). Bills of quantities are still used extensively in building contracts, often using one of the JCT standard forms of contract; whereas today, civil engineering contracts tend to use NEC3 ECC options A and C, which use activity schedules as the pricing mechanism. The bill of quantities is often abbreviated to BoQ or ‘the bill’. Bills of quantities were touched on in Chapter 12 and are explained in more detail here.
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