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Bill of quantities
-a document usually prepared by a quantity surveyor which (ideally) details the terms
and conditions under which a contract is to be let,
and itemises all works to enable a
contractor to price the work for which he is bidding.
The first main step in preparing
a bill is the "taking off" or recording of dimensions from drawings or schedules of work.
Similar types of work are then brought together under one item, a process known as "abstracting",
all of this information is then "worked up" into the bill of quantities.