Standardisation across the globe has become an important tool to enable all of the users do their duties in the most efficient way and with the least amount of mistakes present. Over the decades various countries observed that there is a
need for a simpler measuring system that brings to light easier conversions between its units. Over a time period they fully converted from the imperial system to that of the metric. Most countries have undergone this conversion, but singled out countries still refuse to give in to any use of any other measuring system other
than what they are used to. This study will show the various reasons behind their decision not to convert to the metric system, as well as the possible advantages and disadvantages thereof. The study will also investigate the possible
metrification of building elements’ units as well as time. This study will prove that there is a dire need for global standardisation and that the metric system will definitely be a better choice than that of the imperial measuring system.
Thesis (BSc. (Hons)(Quantity Surveying))--University of Pretoria, 2010.