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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.