Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction to Construction Estimating
    • Roles and types of construction estimates
    • Sources of data for construction estimating
    • Building-up rates: earthwork
    • Building-up rates: concrete work
    • Building-up rates: masonry
    • Building-up rates: painting and finishing
    • Estimates, tender and schedules
    • Estimating for risks and uncertainties
    • Estimates, tender analysis, payment mechanisms and cashflow forecasts
    • Computer applications for estimating
    • Revision
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Printable format materials
      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. apply the process of estimating and the techniques used by construction contractors in preparing a tender
  2. interpret contract documents in order to develop basic subject rates
  3. apply basic rates to calculate project estimates
  4. analyse sub-contractor quotations and synthesise into a tender document.
  • Assignment 1 - Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Assignment 2 - Assignment — Estimating exercise (20%)
  • Assignment 3 - Presentation (10%)
  • Assignment 4 - Report (20%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

The history and development of estimating methods and principles used in contracting organisations. Strategic estimating areas such as tender preparation, the use of builder's bills of quantities, obtaining and checking sub-contractor quotations, pricing preliminaries and determining margins for profit and overheads.

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