Fundamentals of Construction Estimating

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Author: David Pratt
Edition: 003
Product Type: Book w/Multimedia (CD, DVD or Electronic)
ISBN 13: 9781439059647
ISBN 10: 1439059640
Copyright: 2011

Price: $159.95

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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 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.
  • 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.

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