Prepares students to take-off quantities from construction drawings in order to prepare bills of quantities from design drawings and specifications, and to establish a base for costing.
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Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:
Module 1 - Introduction to Estimating
Define the general types of construction.
State and discuss the types of estimates that are conducted in the various phases of a construction project and relate the accuracy of quantity take-off to the type of estimate.
Define the qualities required of an estimator.
Define and discuss the process involved in preparing a tender price estimate for a heavy construction project.
Module 2 - Estimating Tools
Identify and discuss the equipment, software and forms used in the preparation of a tender price for a heavy construction project.
Discuss the need for accurate, neat and formatted calculations in the preparation of a tender price for a heavy construction project.
Discuss the sources of cost and productivity data for use in the preparation of a tender price for a heavy construction project.
Module 3 - Measurement
Calculate the perimeters, areas and volumes of regular geometric shapes and combinations of shapes in preparation for quantity take-off calculations.
Calculate earthworks quantities using cross sections, plan views and profiles.
Calculate and discuss earthworks volume changes from bank state to bulk state and to in-place compacted state.
Module 4 - Quantity Take-Off
Study and analyze tender documents including the tender drawings to determine the items and specific quantities required to prepare a tender price for a heavy construction project.
Calculate the take-off quantities for a typical project given the required reference materials.
Module 5 - Estimating Productivity
Describe in detail the engineering fundamentals of productivity and apply these concepts to the calculation of productivity rates for equipment and labour crews.
Select appropriate crews and equipment for specific elements of a job.
Define the work items of a heavy construction project and complete a quantity take-off complete with a labour, materials, and equipment requirement analysis.
Effective as of Fall 2003
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