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Fundamentals of Construction Estimating, 3E

Author(s): David Pratt

ISBN: 9788131518687

3rd Edition

Copyright: 2013

India Release: 2012


Binding: Paperback

Pages: 496

Trim Size: 279x216

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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.

  • 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.
  • 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 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.

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.

David Pratt

David J. Pratt is a Professor of Civil Engineering Technology at SAIT Polytechnic and a lecturer in construction costing at the University of Calgary. Professor Pratt is a professional quantity surveyor and cost consultant. He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, and holds a degree in Quantity Surveying from Liverpool College of Building together with a degree in Economics from the University of Calgary.