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Estimating in Building Construction 8th Edition- for free


Building construction is the determination of the construction cost of a given project. Many items affect and contribute to the cost of a project. Each item must be analyzed, quantified, and priced. Since the estimate is prepared before the actual construction, the construction documents require much research and fore thought. An estimator who can visualize a project and accurately determine its cost is one of the most important people in a construction firm.

For projects constructed under the design-bid-build (DBB) method, contractors must submit competitive estimates. Competition for construction bids is fierce, with multiple firms vying for a single project. To stay in business, contractors must be the lowest qualified bidder on a certain number of projects while maintaining an acceptable profit margin.

This profit margin must provide the general contractor with an acceptable rate of return and compensation for the risks associated with the project. Since estimates are prepared from building shop drawings and project manuals, the estimator’s ability to visualize all of the various phases of a construction project is a critical component of a successful bid.

About the Book

The Eighth Edition continues to build on the solid foundation of the previous edition. The need for estimators to understand the theory behind quantification is critical and must be fully understood before computerized estimating can be performed. This basic premise is one of the guiding principles that began with Mr. D’Agostino and has been passed down to the present author.

In this book, the methodology and structure of estimating are explained with extensive examples and exercises. Estimating is an art that relies heavily on the judgment of the estimator. Therefore, readers are encouraged to complete the examples and apply the skills learned in this book. Since estimates are used throughout the project, assumptions and methodologies should be documented and organized.

Estimating problems using the Building Information Model for Wooden Office Buildings (included on the accompanying website) are included in many of the chapter problem sets.

The intent of this revision is to expand the totalization material covered in this document and to bring other material in line with current industry practice.

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