The Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS) is an international association of national organizations representing Quantity Surveyors in the Asia and Western Pacific region. Members include quantity surveying and cost engineering institutions from 13 countries and cities including Australia, China, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Malaysia, Fiji, Brunei, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Philippines, South Africa (observer), Indonesia and Hong Kong.

The Mission of the PAQS is:

  • The promotion of the practice of quantity Surveying (QS) in the region.
  • The promotion of "best practice" for QS in the region.
  • The promotion of dialogue between member organizations.
  • Encouragement of regional co-operation in the practice of QS.
  • Fostering of research appropriate to the better understanding of building practice in the region.
  • Rendering of assistance to members of member organizations working in each other's countries.

In pursuit of the aims of excelling and promoting the practice of quantity surveying and cost engineering, an international congress is held annually in various PAQS member countries. It is a unique opportunity for members and friends from over the world to share experiences, cement friendship and exchange ideas for moving the quantity surveying/cost engineering profession forward.


Past events and future venues of this prestigious international event have been arranged within major centres around the globe:


1995 Gold Coast, Australia
1996 Hong Kong
1997 Singapore
1998 Queenstown, New Zealand
1999 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
2000 Cairns, Australia
2001 Hong Kong + Beijing, China
2002 Melbourne, Australia
2003 Tokyo, Japan
2004 Cape Town, South Africa
2005 Dalian, China
2006 Singapore
2007 Auckland, New Zealand
2008 Edmonton, Canada
2009 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2010 Singapore
2011 Colombo, Sri Lanka
2012 Brunei
2013 Xian, China
2014 Hong Kong
2015 Yokohama, Japan
2016 Christchurch, New Zealand
2017 Vancouver, Canada


The congress will include keynote presentations, selected oral abstracts, exhibits, technical visits and numerous networking opportunities.




Ian Duncan 2017 Paqs Presidency 002Ian Duncan was named Chair of the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors at their annual congress in Yokohama, Japan. Duncan’s ascension from Vice Chair to Chair marks the first time that a designation holder from the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS) will hold the organization’s top position.

As Chair, Duncan will be the PAQS representative for the International Committee of Measurement Standards, an initiative that aims to globally standardize processes of measurement to facilitate easier cooperation internationally, while also streamlining applications to global financial institutions such as the World Bank. Under Duncan’s leadership, PAQS will also assist its new members in getting their educational programs up and running. PAQS’ education committee—which includes CIQS’s Education Administrator David Lai (PQS)—performs ongoing accreditation assessments of programs in member countries in order establish reciprocity agreements among them.

“CIQS’s involvement with PAQS substantially raises the image of Canadian quantity surveyors internationally,” Duncan said. “I look forward to continuing to foster good relationships within our industry across the Pacific and beyond.” Duncan noted that he also plans to continue supporting the education of the next generation of quantity surveyors through the Young Quantity Surveyors Group, an education-focused organization within PAQS for quantity surveyors under 40 years of age.