Larry D Bjork
Introduction to the principles and techniques of estimating construction costs, with emphasis on quantity take-off and pricing elements of work. Prerequisite: CM 323. Offered: Sp.
Introduction to the principles and techniques of estimating construction costs with emphasis on quantity take-off and pricing of specific elements of work based on construction drawings and specifications and cost data books. The class will include individual and team assignments as well as a significant number of quantity take-off exercises for all major self-performed work items taken from a recently completed construction project. The class will also include general comparisons of different types of estimating formats.
Student learning goals
To learn how to perform quantity survey for self performed items of work from a contractors perspective
To understand the basic fundamentals of pricing self performed work items.
To understand the different kinds of estimates you will be asked to do during the course of your construction career.
To understand the process of a construction estimate from quantity survey through recapping and pricing to estimate summary.
To understand why estimating is a critical skill to perfect entering your construction career
To prepare each student and provide a baseline knowledge for participation in CM 410 class
General method of instruction
Lecture, class participation and class exercises
Come prepared with calculator, architectural and engineering scales and notebooks to take good notes and most of all come prepared to actively participate in class exercises in order to learn to perfect estimating skills.
Class assignments and grading
Most assignments will be done in class so "hands on" assistance from instructor and class mates can be done. There will be one team assignment at the end of the quarter.