Construction Estimating: A Step-by-Step Guide to a Successful Estimate

Construction Estimating: A Step-by-Step Guide to a Successful Estimate

Karl F. Schmid

In Stock Date: 
09/30/2011
Print Price: 
$48.95
Print ISBN: 
978-1-60650-292-1
E-book Price: 
$44.00
E-book ISBN: 
978-1-60650-293-8
Pages: 
305
Binding Type: 
Softcover
DOI: 
10.5643/9781606502938

This pocket-sized book is a concise guide to the basics of estimating construction costs for residential and light commercial building projects. It provides a step-by-step guide to estimating the total cost of a construction project. It takes readers through five phases that lead to a successful estimate: initial assessment, work analysis, programming, costing and cost distribution and summarization. The book's primary targets are small contractors; however, the principles set forth in the book are applicable to all contractors. The book could also serve as a textbook for estimating classes in construction management programs at universities and community colleges. The last section of the book provides useful but not readily available information for estimators on diverse topics, e.g., detailed information about Value Engineering, scheduling, subcontractor selection, bid summarization, and so on. An extensive glossary of construction terms is also included. Readers in all construction capacities will find: * A new, fresh look at the often baffling and deceptive job of estimating construction costs for residential and light commercial construction * How to assess plans, review bonds, and evaluate the site and the project schedule before beginning a cost take-off * How to integrate a cost estimate into a general accounting program for cost management and eventual billing * Incredibly helpful appendix with common construction standards and measurements--from standards for concrete forms, to nail sizes to commercial lumber sizes, and much more!

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Armen S. Casparian

Armen S. Casparian, professor of chemistry, Wentworth Institute of Technology (retired June 2013) and adjunct professor at Community College of Rhode Island. He is a chemical and engineering consultant in private practice with over 40 years of experience and expertise in: designing, developing, and teaching applied and engineering chemistry courses; laboratory instruction; chemical health and safety issues; compliance with OSHA and EPA regulations, and product liability issues --paints, coatings and adhesives failure.