Cost Estimating for Construction Projects
What you'll learn
- Define and explain basic estimating calculations, spreadsheets, and general requirements
- Adjust RSMeans data to account for local labor rates, overtime, markups, and more
- Estimate material costs for concrete, masonry, metals, wood, and plastics
- Analyze costs for structural elements, finishes, mechanical systems, and groundwork
- Integrate equipment, assemblies, depreciation, and more into a complete estimate
- No specific prerequisite is required.
With over 27 hours of content in more than 180 lecture videos along with 14 exercises and 13 assignments, all with step-by-step solution videos, this course provides essential guidance on construction project cost estimation using the world's most popular construction cost data source. Step-by-step instruction guides students through several exercises emphasizing real-world problem-solving skills. Estimating skills are critical at all levels of the construction industry, and the learning process also strengthens the understanding of blueprints and construction assemblies. This course provides comprehensive instruction on all aspects of the estimation process, with detailed guidance.
Table of content:
Cost Estimating: An Introduction
Adjusting RSMeans Data to Job Conditions
Wood and Plastics, Thermal and Moisture Protection
Doors and Windows, Interior Finish, and Equipment
Fire Suppression, Plumbing, Mechanical, and Electrical
By completing this course, you will be able to:
Define and explain basic estimating calculations, spreadsheets, and general requirements
Adjust RSMeans data to account for local labor rates, overtime, markups, and more
Estimate material costs for concrete, masonry, metals, wood, and plastics
Analyze costs for structural elements, finishes, mechanical systems, and groundwork
Integrate equipment, assemblies, depreciation, and more into a complete estimate
This course will use the following textbook and RSMeans as the unit-cost database.
How to Estimate with RSMeans Data: Basic Skills for Building Construction, 5th Edition; RSMeans, Saleh A. Mubarak; ISBN: 978-1-118-97797-2, March 2020
You can refer to the following textbook for further discussions and reading.
Fundamentals of Construction Estimating 2nd Edition; Author: David Pratt; Publisher: Delmar Cengage Learning; ISBN# 1-4018-0959-6
Who this course is for:
- Civil Engineers
- Construction Manager
- Construction Science Students
- Construction Engineering Students
I am currently serving as an Assistant Professor of Construction Science in the School of Architecture at Prairie View A&M University. Previously, I served as a Lecturer in the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. I hold a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University, where I completed the Construction Engineering and Management program. Prior to my academic career, I worked as a Planning and Project Control expert. Seeking to advance my education, I moved to College Station, Texas, to pursue my graduate studies. In 2006, I earned my Master of Science in Construction and Project Management from the University of Tehran. My research interests include construction scheduling using Building Information Model as my Ph.D. dissertation topic and virtual management in construction for my MSc thesis. As someone with years of programming experience, I am always eager to learn and implement new methods and technologies, leveraging my expertise to solve problems more efficiently and effectively.