Estimating Building Costs

Estimating Building Costs

Estimating has taken on a new significance in today’s competitive
construction marketplace. If you consider new technology, the size in both
scope and dollar amounts of today’s construction projects, and the creative
delivery systems employed by today’s construction professionals, estimating
is perhaps the most important function of the successful construction
company. From the time a construction project is proposed, and throughout
its life, the estimate provides information that is critical to its success.
If you are a student of construction or pursuing a career as a construction
professional, you understand the need to create, organize, format, and
deliver an estimate for use in budgeting for a project, developing a plan or
detailed schedule, and managing the project. The estimate is essential to the
execution of all work and for maintaining project control.

Estimating Building Costs, second edition, explains the
fundamentals of the estimating process in a clear and concise format, which
will become an essential part of their work. Experienced estimators will find
the book useful for reviewing their own methods and enhancing their
expertise. Regardless of whether the “estimating staff” is a dedicated person
among a company’s many employees or the same individual who performs
the work, the principles are the same. The text is written in what is referred
to as general knowledge estimating practice, from the point of view of the
general contractor’s estimator, yet it is equally helpful as a foundation for
subcontractors’ estimators. The second edition has been reorganized to
reflect the new CSI MasterFormat 2010TM


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