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FUNDAMENTALS OF CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATING 3rd edition presents estimating procedures in a clear and precise manner explaining all the procedures of estimating the cost of construction work such as quantity takeoff, pricing of the contractor's work, pricing sub-trade work, pricing site overhead and compiling bid documents. This book offers readers thorough instruction on the principles of construction estimating and the skills to become a professional estimator by using drawings for two complete projects – one residential and one commercial, thereby leading the reader through the complete estimating process which can be used in various trades on many different types of construction projects.

David Pratt,

David Pratt is a construction cost consultant and quantity surveyor. He has taught courses in construction estimating and cost management at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) and is a lecturer in construction costing at the University of Calgary. Mr. Pratt has been a long-time member of the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, and he holds degrees in quantity surveying from Liverpool College of Building and in economics from the University of Calgary.
  • Includes three different approaches to preparing an estimate: manual method, spreadsheet estimates and estimates compiled using dedicated software with many examples of Excel spreadsheets used in all aspects of estimating.
  • Includes a limited sample version of the MC2 ICE* software for estimating.
  • New chapters examine budget estimating and an estimating technique that promises higher accuracy to meet the growing need for budget forecasts.
  • The concept of value analysis is covered, demonstrating how preliminary estimating can be used in the design stage of a project.
  • New chapter on life-cycle costing where many worked examples show how the entire cash flow of various design options is the best choice for maximum efficiency.
  • Includes a partial bibliography for students who wish to learn in more detail about the topics touched on.
  • Easy to follow step by step estimating process that can be used with the latest technology to produce accurate forecasts in the minimum amount of time.
  • Thorough training in the principles of construction estimating teaches skills required to successfully become a professional estimator.
  • Includes end of chapter review questions to help identify major points and provide an opportunity to work through practical problems.
  • Contains drawings for two complete projects, one residential, one commercial allows users to complete the estimating process for each.
  • Updated information covers quantity take off, pricing of the contractor's work, pricing sub trade work and compiling bid documents.
1. Introduction.
2. The Estimating Process and Preliminary Procedures.
3. Measuring Quantities Generally.
4. Measuring Sitework, Excavation and Piling.
5. Measuring Concrete Work.
6. Measuring Masonry Work.
7. Measuring Carpentry and Miscellaneous Items.
8. Pricing Generally.
9. Pricing Construction Equipment.
10. Pricing Excavation and Backfill.
11. Pricing Concrete Work.
12. Pricing Masonry, Carpentry and Finishes Work.
13. Pricing Subcontractors’ Work.
14. Pricing General Expenses.
15. Closing the Bid.
16. Budget Estimating.
17. Elemental Estimating.
18. Value Analysis.
19. Life-Cycle Costing.
Appendix A: Extract From a Typical Soils Report.
Appendix B: List of Items and CSI-Based Codes.
Appendix C: Glossary.
Appendix D: The Metric System and Conversions.

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  • ISBN-10: 1133479960
  • ISBN-13: 9781133479963
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Instructor's Guide

ISBN: 9781439059630
Instructor Guide serve as an instructional resource and provides answers to the end of chapter questions.

Instructor's Resource

ISBN: 9781439059616
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